Three years ago when I met Rob I started running Tunnel to Towers. After hearing about the months that Rob spent down at Ground Zero, it was clear that I needed to do this to help these families. The 343 FDNY lives lost that day and the countless lives that are still being lost due to the after affects of 9/11 are heartbreaking. A dear friend of Rob’s, Ed McDonough, sadly lost his battle to 9/11 related cancer a little over a year ago.
In April this year, Rob got sick. Having been down at Ground Zero for so long, the worst was on his mind. The worst was on my mind. I wasn’t there for him the way I should have been. Partially because I was scared...partially because I couldn’t believe this was a possibility...but it was. A very real possibility. I REGRET EVERY SINGLE DAY I was not there for him. Every single dr appointment I missed. I’m not a coward or scared of anything, but for those 4 weeks I was afraid. Thankfully all turned out well. I’ve learned to never be afraid of things like that again...you need to be there for the ones you love.
No matter what the future holds, I’ll continue to support this charity. 9/11 always had such an affect of me, but after meeting Rob it has affected me that much more.
Tomorrow’s are never guaranteed...make every day count...and make people you love know how much you love them. Tell them every single day! Never let the little things get in the way of that. Never forget to appreciate everything you have in life...it could be lost tomorrow.
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Danielle and Aidan