"Why run another marathon, have you gone crazy, Jes?" I know that's what most of you who know me are thinking... WHY NOT? Is my response, especially when I can pay it forward to an incredible organization like Tuesday's Children while participating in one of the six Marathon Majors of the World. I generally aim to live my life with that approach, 'why not?', because I (unfortunately) know well that tomorrow isn't promised. I will be running the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon in loving memory of my Dad, Jimmy "Doc" Waring who lost his young life in the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Completing this race will undoubtly be an exciting achievement; I am honored to run for an important cause which was my unfortunate reality as a teenager - the sudden loss of a loved one to terrorism. Please take a moment to read my story.
London 2020 marks my THIRD marathon and I will earn my third Abbott World Marathon Major star! Thank you to Tuesday's Children for this incredible once in a lifetime opportunity. This race is one of the many opportunities that Tuesday's Children has offered me over the last 18 years and I am happy give back to an organization which has helped me grow tremendously.
Tuesday's Children, is a non-profit organization that my family has been involved with for 18 years as a participant in programs offered to 9/11 family members. I have co-chaired the Junior Board for 3 years and have been a member for 6 years. I continue to be involved because I know the world needs an organization like Tuesday's Children to offer its services to communities and military families in need.
I have no doubt that my Dad will help push me through another 26.2. Growing up, he was the biggest cheerleader for my three sisters and I; he always made sure we knew how proud he was to be our Dad. I can vividly remember his voice cheering my name at every swim meet, softball game and dance recital growing up; he was the type to make his presence known. I am certain that our endeavors and accomplishments as adults would be no different. I know I am making him proud by doing good as part of his legacy. Please help me in supporting this cause!
I will also dedicate this race to those suffering from 9/11 related illness, the innocent victims globally who have lost lives or suffered injury due to terrorism and our U.S. military who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I run for their resilient family members. While running the streets of London, I will especially remember the victims of: the 2019 London Bridge attack, the 2017 Manchester Arena attack, the 2017 Westminister Bridge/Parliament attack and the 2005 London Underground transit bombings.
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About Tuesday's Children:
Tuesday’s Children offers a time-tested, long-term healing approach – forged in the aftermath of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 – that enables children, families, and communities torn apart by acts of violence to heal, recover, and thrive for a lifetime. Tuesday's Children has expanded its efforts to help 9/11 first responders and their families, local and global communities impacted by tragedy, military families of the fallen, and international young adults impacted by terrorism.
Tuesday's Children is an official charity partner of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon! Being part of Team Tuesday's means being part of a group of athletes pushing themselves to new limits, and achieving new goals together while fundraising for the individuals and families that count on our important programs and services. Tuesday’s Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving families impacted by Tuesday, September 11, 2001, including military families of the fallen and international youth impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss. Our programs enable children, families and communities torn apart by acts of violence to heal, recover, and thrive for a lifetime.