As many of you know, my brother, Joel Ratner, passed away in 2015. Ever since then I have vowed that I would run the NYC marathon in honor of him and, simultaneiously, support an organziation that was very important to Joel: the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona Queens. Joel was passionate about music. In addition to being the director of music and fine arts for the Brentwood, NY school district and teaching music for 30+ years, Joel loved being a volunteer docent at the museum on the weekends. If you want to learn more about it - or plan your visit! - check out the website: www.louisarmstronghouse.org
After entering the marathon lottery every year since 2015, this year I finally scored an entry. I am looking forward to the race (and the day after) and thank you in advance for helping me reach my fundraising goal.