Thanks for checking out our marathon fundraising page! We appreciate your continuous support as we train for the New York City Marathon!!!
Sam and Tyler met in the winter of 2007 where they played on their town's travel basketball team. Ever since, they have remained best friends. Throughout high school, Sam and Tyler continued to play recreational basketball together as well as compete for their respective high schools in Football, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and Baseball. Team sports are not only the foundation of Sam and Tyler's friendship, but also are at the core of each of their beings. Without early morning practices, long bus rides to away games, the locker room atmosphere before a state championship game, team dinners, etc... it is safe to say that Sam and Tyler would not be who they are today.
Queue Team IMPACT...
Over the past 18 months, Sam and Tyler have become deeply involved with a non profit called Team IMPACT that pairs children suffering from life threatening or chronic diseases with college sports teams. The experience begins with a draft day where children sign a national letter of intent like the big time recruits. From there, the kids are part of the team and get to participate in practices, team dinners, and, if health permits, travel to games. Ultimately, the children / families that go through the program find themselves with a new found support group and life long friendships. Since the organization was founded in 2011, Team IMPACT has matched over 1,700 children with college sports teams at 550+ schools across the United States.
For our marathon, we have been paired with Frankie Anzaldi. Frankie is 17 years old, a member of the Stony Brook men's soccer team, and he has Intractable Epilepsy. Intractable Epilepsy is a type of epilepsy where medications stop working. Frankie has had countless treatments to treat his seizures. He had brain surgery which wasn’t successful, he has been on countless medications, he has been treated with high dose steroids so many times that the bones in his legs, hips, and spine are permanently damaged. Frankie has what’s called a Vagal Nerve Stimulator, and receives a monthly infusion of antibodies called IVIG (IV over 6 hours). The Vagal Nerve Stimulator is like a brain pacemaker that is implanted in his chest with a wire on his Vagus Nerve. It detects seizures and helps stop them.
Frankie has been inspired by his Stony Brook teammates. After being invited to join the team at a workout.. Frankie decided to get his own Gym membership. After watching the team run sprints.. Frankie started to run on his own.. Now.. Frankie is a serious runner! He has completed 5 half marathons and is currently training for his 6th on 10/27. You can root Frankie on via Instagram @frankieanzaldi. You can also read more about Frankie's amazing accomplisments here:
By the pictures on this page...
it is clear that we have been training our butt's off in preparation for the New York City Marathon. Our fundraising goal is $10,000 which will effectively foster four Team IMPACT relationships between children like Frankie and college sports programs. We appreciate your donation in advance and hope to see you on November 3rd in Central Park at the finish line!