November 1st, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the NYC Marathon. This year the marathon has a goal of raising 50 million dollars for charities in honor of its 50th anniversary. I have the honor to participate in this race for the very first time and I am choosing to raise money for the American Heart Association in memory of my father Vincent Perschilli, who passed away in 2005 after having a heart attack.
For 16 years my father was there for me, and I always knew that he would do anything for me. He taught me to be compassionate to others and how to smile during any situation since he was such a naturally happy person. Every morning I would hear the sound of his singing throughout the house, or the sound of his contagious laugh. You couldn’t have a conversation with my father without laughing or smiling.
I have so many great memories with my father, from going swimming with him during the summer nights, to sleeping on the flour sacks in his bagel shop when I used to go to work with him.
My father made me who I am today, he was the person I looked up to the most, and he continues to inspire me to be a better person every single day. I have not met a more loving, kind and amazing person in my lifetime. I will never forget the day that my father was suddenly taken away from me and my family and that is why I have decided to run the marathon in support of the American Heart Association, to help fund research to help stop the nation’s number one killer, Heart Disease.
Any donations made to my go fund me campaign will go to support the American Heart Association, to saves lives through innovative research and programs. I wanted to run for the team, but unfortunately there are no more slots available, so I will be using go fund me to raise money and contribute 100% of the proceeds to them. I will also donate up to 5% of my total.
For more information on the American Heart Association please go to their website: heart.org