BENEFITING: TUESDAYS CHILDREN
ORGANIZER: TUESDAYS CHILDREN
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
I am beyond excited to be running the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon on November 6th. I am also honored to be running this race on behalf of Tuesday's Children, formed in the aftermath of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Tuesday's Children is a response and recovery organization that supports youth, families, and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss.
I ended 2015 the same way I did the last few years of getting up; going to work Monday through Friday and finishing my weekends behind the bar at Leo's in Garden City. Going into 2016, I had a few conversations with someone that opened my eyes to life beyond Garden City, beyond work and the little distractions we all face on a daily basis. Their views inspired me to want more out of my life. I knew I wanted to be apart of something that was bigger then my personal life, and contributed to a greater cause.
As we all know, when it rains it falls. Upon my eye opening conversations, I heard a quote on the radio on my way to work a few days later:
"You can not let the events of your past dictate who you are but shape you into the better person you can be."
I knew immediatley what I wanted to do when I walked into my office that day. I logged on to my New York Road Runners account and started searching foundations participating in the NYC Marathon and Tuesdays Children jumped off the page and sent me back to that day in 2001. I remembered being at home that night and seeing my Dad cry for the first time in my life. I finally understood, now at 27, what was going through his mind. Aside from the loss he and so many others suffered, he was helpless in those moments. Everything that happened that day was out of his control.
Everything came 360 to me; the conversations, quote on the radio and experiencing what my dad was feeling led me to joining this cause and wanting to be more than just a representative on November 6th running this race, but a year round advocate for TC and joining the Junior Board.
This page is for my friends, family, and others to join me on my journey until race day to "Keep the Promise to Never Forget" and support a cause that contributes so much good to the people directly affected by the events of September 11th.
I thank you all for all of the support and look forward to delivering you all 26.2 miles that none of us will ever forget.
With all the love in the world this 215lb man can deliver,