I'm the Executive Director of the Paddy Brown Program (www.paddybrownprogram.org) that assists veterans get jobs as first responders and family members in times of need.
I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday Oct 28th to raise runds for Paddy Brown Program.
PBP is a grassroots NPO that was started by a friend who is FDNY/USMC. The NPO was named after Capt. Patrick Brown FDNY who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11/01. He was a retired Marine who served two tours in Vietnam and found solace as a firefighter upon arriving home. Paddy Brown is a symbol of the men and women we try to help. Sometimes you need a WHY to get motivated to do things out of your norm. Sgt. William Cahir was my WHY for taking over this endeavor. After the attacks on 9/11/01 Bill Cahir left a thriving career to join the USMC at the 'old' age of 35, believing that it was his duty to serve and protect. He needed special permission at that age and a 'few' pounds to drop. He was KIA on his 3rd tour of duty in Helmand Province Afghanistan 08/13/09 leaving behind his wife Renee pregnant with twin girls. From that day on I try to DO. We are so lucky to have people in this world like Captain Brown and Sgt. Cahir who risk their lives daily protecting our country and community. A portion of funds donated will go to the widow of Mark Hummeldorf, a Marine and Parris Island Firefighter Paramedic, was tragically killed in an early morning car accident. (https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/miles-for-mark)