10th Annual Health Celebration - NYC COVID Relief Birthday Remix
Since 2011, you all know now that I have run a race for charity every year following a spinal surgery I had to prevent paralysis in my legs and now as a previvor of breast cancer. This annual fundraiser has come to be a tradition that I cherish, as being a dancer and athlete has been such a huge part of my life. The past years have been devoted to running half marathons across the country and raising almost $15,000 for various global causes, but as the ever so philosophical Will.I.Am once said:
"When the world changes, we adjust."
I was faced with another small surgery this past January to replace my implants, when I learned that the original ones I was given after my mastectomy were recalled due to correlation to lymphoma. That recovery has been only a small challenge compared to what the world is now facing with the COVID-19 crisis. New York has been the epicenter of this crisis in the US, with over 300,000 cases and over 21,000 deaths. Those numbers are climbing every day. As a healthcare worker running a mobile psychiatry unit in Manhattan, I have seen what this crisis has done to my city on the front line. And still, the sheer resilience and strength my fellow NYC residents have shown has been unbelievably inspirational. This year I am raising money for the NYC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund through the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.
Because my body is still in recovery and my beautiful city of New York is still pushing its way through acute crisis, we aren't paushing the health celebration, but we are adjusting it. To respect the social distancing laws in New York, I will be running a cumulative 19 miles during the week of my birthday, which falls on June 4th. It allows me to wear a mask and run shorter distances at a time so my upper body, which is still rehabbing, can manage it. I will aim to run these miles over the course of 5 consecutive days (4 miles x 4 from May 30 - June 3, and the last 3 miles on June 4).
I know financially people may be struggling right now, so I absolutely understand if this year it is too hard for you to donate. Your support in anyway means the world to me. There are two ways you can join this year's Health Celebration by donating to the fundraiser at the link below or you could also choose to run your own miles wherever you are! It does not have to be 19, it can be however much you want. You can share your miles online during the week of June 1st using the hashtag #MJRunsForNY and we can virtually do something to celebrate our own health and wellness and everything we've overcome together.
Thank you for all your continued support over the years! Much love!