EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
https://www.crowdrise.com/nypoliceandfireNYC2015/fundraiser/theresagiammonaIn In February 2001, my husband, FDNY Lt. Vincent Giammona was selected to run in the New York City Marathon. He was turning 40 years old and running the marathon was something he really wanted to accomplish. The fact that Vinny was turning 40 fueled his training and made him more determined to accomplish his goal. Vinny was a runner his whole life. It was a huge part of his daily fitness routine. He would go for a run and our daughter, Frankie, would follow her dad on her bicycle as he ran. It was a typical for them when he would run around Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream.
Vinny's 40th birthday was September 11, 2001. We had a great family day planned and were looking forward to him coming home and celebrating. He had worked a 24 hour shift on Monday, September 10th. He went for a run on Tuesday morning in the city before the horrific tragedy that changed our lives forever. After the first plane struck the north tower, my good friend called and told me what happened. I immediately called the firehouse and I spoke to Vinny before he headed out of the firehouse with the rest of his brother firefighters from Engine 24 and Ladder 5 to The World Trade Center. He was off duty and responded as a volunteer. I told him to be careful and never thought these would be the last words that I would say to my husband. On September 11, 2001, my husband, Lt. Vincent Giammona, made the Supreme Sacrifice along with 342 FDNY brothers, 37 PAPD officers, and 23 NYPD officers.
Sunday, November 4, 2001, was the day of the NYC Marathon. 13 of Vinny's closest friends from SUNY Binghamton, brother firefighters from his firehouse and his sister, ran a tag team marathon wearing Vinny's NYC marathon registration number. They ran a few miles each until they crossed the finish line. It meant so much to my daughters and I that they did this for Vinny because it was something that was so important to him. In 2009, my brother-in-law, Steven, turned 40 and ran the entire NYC marathon wearing Vinny's sneakers! We were all so proud of him.
The New York Police and Fire Widows' and Childrens' Benefit Fund has been there for my four daughters and I from the beginning and has continously given our family incredible support personally and financially. They are family! This is why I am so passionate about this amazing organization. I couldn't think of a better way of giving back to the organization that has always been there for all of the families in their time of need. I want to give something back to them for all they have done for my family. I want to make sure that we help support the Fund to make sure we can help future families.
I am running this year's NYC Marathon in memory of my husband, Lt. Vincent Giammona, and I am raising money for The New York Police and Fire Widows' and Childrens' Benefit Fund. Will you please help me reach my goal of $3,600? To donate, just click on the DONATE box to the upper right of this page. Any amount would be helpful. This money will help the families of our fallen police officers and firefighters in their time of need. The Fund provides their beneficiaries financial assistance, scholarship funding, and many additional helpful programs.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story and God Bless You. XOXO