I'm running my first NYC marathon in order to help the country's 2,500+ indigent, elderly Holocaust survivors meet their basic needs and afford food, healthcare and more.
As the child and grandchild of Holocaust survivors, I will be running 26.2 miles this November 4 to support the incredible work of The Blue Card.
Right now, three-quarters of the Holocaust survivor houselholds served by TBC are over the age of 75 and nearly 70% live alone. Many of these survivors struggle to afford basic needs; more than half of them fall 200% below the federal poverty line, meaning their income is less than $23,540 annually.
The Blue Card clients:
- Range in age from 73-107 years old
- 78% have difficulty performing daily activities such as dressing, washing, and cooking
- 77% are women
- 67% cannot leave their homes without assistance
As these men and women age, they are plagued with the consequences of surviving the most devastating conditions imaginable, including poor nutrition and no medical care.
Many survivors came to this country after World War II and worked in menial jobs. Tiny pensions from those jobs, social security, and Medicaid simply cannot keep up with the financial needs of this most vulnerable population. They are frequently desperate for uncovered expenses such as dental care, hearing aids, and transportation to doctors.
After all they have suffered, these men and women should not have to choose between paying for food or paying for medicine. Dignity was forcibly taken from them during the Holocaust, and The Blue Card ensures that its clients don't lose their dignity again, in their last years.
So, I’ve decided to join Team Blue Card and in November I will run the NYC Marathon to raise awareness and funds.
For 16 weeks I will be training to prepare for the marathon (sometimes, running 40 miles a week and other days, running 15-20 miles in a day). I am committed to achieving my training goals. However, I cannot reach my fundraising goals without your help.
Please contribute what you are able. The Blue Card helps nearly 3,000 Holocaust survivors in 35 states.
Your donations will provides both long-term ongoing support and emergency grants for basic human needs in the most caring way. Help is given in the form of cash grants issued directly to the client or to the provider of vital goods and services. The grants are made for food, health care, dental care, crisis and ongoing psychotherapy, health insurance, prescription drugs, personal emergency response system, housing, transportation, and various one-time emergencies.
Since 2009, The Blue Card has been an Official Charity Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon, raising more than one million dollars for needy Holocaust Survivors!
Please join me in my campaign. Thank you!!