As many of you know, I ran my first marathon in 2018 in NYC for the St. Jude’s foundation. It was such an incredible
experience being able to contribute to an amazing cause while acheiving a personal goal of my own. One thing that really resonated with me was the people in and out of all of the different communties we ran through. It is safe to say I am hooked and likely a lifer.
As many of you can probably relate, I will never forget where I was during 9/11, how it impacted me, my family, my friends and this country. What I remember most however is the community after 9/11. It did not matter your race, your religion, your sex or if you were a Republican or Democrat. The only thing that mattered was we were all American. We were all attacked. That feeling of community for me through the years faded unfortunately. Then I ran the NYC Marathon and I felt what it was to be proud of our communties again. All of the different people united to cheer on a great cause from borough to borough.
Who allows us these freedoms? I am so grateful for the Men and Women that devote their lives to the Military so we have our freedoms, our communities, and our American Pride.
This year my goal is to run the Boston Marathon and I am doing it with an incredible organization, the Military Friends Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to those who serve and their families. Established after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Military Friends Foundation has provided millions of dollars in direct aid to help these warriors. Military Friends Foundation offers grant programs, community building events, case management and more in support of families who have faced hardships related to military service.
Thank you from the Risolas!