Hey Friends and Family,
The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk was created to honor the life and legacy of FDNY Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. In this run we follow Stephen's final footsteps from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Ground Zero... as he ran this distance with his equipment on his back to join the rest of his fellow firefighters. This run also honors our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. I started running this in 2013, and since then the run has grown tremendously.
I am extremely passionate about this run and wholeheartedly support this foundation and its programs. Your donation will go towards amazing programs without a doubt… here is a little info on some of what the Foundation does.
Some of the programs assisted through the Foundation are:
1. Fallen First Responder Home Program, supports our law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency workers that lost their lives under extraordinary circumstances in the line of duty. In these times of tragedy, it is our mission to provide a support system for the surviving family and ensure that they are cared for.
2. SMART HOMES PROGRAM builds mortgage-free smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual. Smart homes host a myriad of features such as automated doors and lighting, wider halls and doorways, special showers to accommodate wheelchairs, automatic door openers, cabinets, counters, and stove tops that can be raised and lowered, back-up generators, and central heating and air conditioning systems that can be controlled by tablets. These homes enable our most severely injured heroes’ live better, more independent lives.
3. Legacy of LOVE Stephen was an orphan at the age of 10, and later became a loving father of five, the well-being of children is near and dear to the Foundation. Every child deserves a loving home, an education and a promising future. Since the inception of our Foundation, we have helped local children in need who have been orphaned or who have lost one parent.
4. STEPHEN’S HOUSE OF THE NEW YORK FOUNDLING is a residential home providing a temporary haven for orphaned and/or broken teenagers so that they might live productive and fulfilling lives. Stephen’s House also provides a safe haven for abused and neglected boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15...
And so many other programs all listed on their website www.tunnel2towers.org
This is an amazing foundation that does amazing work. The run is just one part of a greater cause. Trust that it is not only emotional, but healing to run alongside our brave men and women... and see the beautiful sight of the Freedom Tower upon exiting the tunnel has always brought tears to my eyes. This year, will mark 18 years since the events that changed our lives forever. Some of us have yet to fully heal. Join in support, follow the footsteps of an American Hero. JOIN our team if you'd like to partake in the run!!!If you can't run, help promote and/or donate to: Freedom Runners benefiting the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Thank you for your consideration and support.
Awilda Rosario, Team Member