Thank you for visiting my fundraising page for Team HFOT in the TCS New York City Marathon! I have committed to raising funds & awareness for Homes For Our Troops, a 501(c)(3) organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.
One of the greatest gifts we can give to these heroes is a safe and functional place to live. HFOT builds homes that provide freedom and independence for our most severely wounded veterans to live comfortably.
The donations you make to support me will help this important organization. You can be assured that your donation is put to good use because Homes For Our Troops has received a Four Star rating from Charity Navigator.
We all know it is important to remain active to stay healthy. However, it is often difficult to muster up the energy and drive to get out and do it. While I enjoy physical activity, there are days when it helps to have special motivation. On really hot and humid days, when I get out there running later in the day than I had hoped, it helps to remember our Veterans, especially those who have risked their lives and become disabled in their efforts to keep us safe in the aftermath of 9/11. That’s why I am running for Homes for Our Troops.
This is the second year I have raised money for this organization. It is such an important entity, because it helps these disabled veterans remain independent. Each home is designed to suit the disability of a veteran, and then it is donated to them and their families. I would like to thank all of my donors for their support of this organization these past two years.
Recent events in a close friend’s life has made running for Homes for our Troops even more poignant and significant for me. First of all, I was supposed to run with my friend Kris Urbauer, a West Pointer who was in the Army Corps of Engineers, serving for 9 years her first time and then for another year by taking a leave of absence from GE to help with clean-up in New York City after 9/11, where she lost some close friends. She is the one who inspired me to help raise funds for HFOT last year. We ran the Chicago Marathon together for HFOT. We decided to run again for HFOT in New York City this November. However, sadly her recent heart attack will prevent her from making it to the start line with me this year. Hopefully next year we will run together. In addition, the recent passing on 9/11/2018 of her father, a World War II radio operator and B24 tail-gunner in the Army Air Corps, has special significance for me. The story I heard about him surviving being shot down in the Orient, parachuting into the ocean from his B24 Liberator fighter plane, being rescued and then surviving the march through treacherous territory to safety behind enemy lines, by then weighing only 80 lbs., was amazing to me. And these are stories that happen every day to our soldiers fighting to keep us safe that we don’t hear about. It is our duty to them to provide the support they need in gratitude for their sacrifice.
This year, I am training specifically for the New York City Marathon, using the Chicago Marathon as a training run in preparation for NYCM. While running a 15 miler in the humid 90s a few weeks ago, I was definitely questioning my sanity. However, I am grateful that I am physically able to do this important work! While the veterans we are supporting may not have not been as lucky, I feel, after having survived two forms of cancer in the same year and making it back to working out, it is ever more important to make the miles and workouts valuable!
The Chicago and the NYCM are a month apart, and while that is very aggressive training, I hope that it will work out. I did complete the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7, so that part is done! And I certainly have inspiring reasons to complete my mission! My minimum goal is $2620. I hope that you will feel as inspired as I am and will donate to this wonderful cause!
My donation deadline is October 25, 2018, to have all funds posted to my fundraising account.
Together we can make every mile count!
Thank you for your support!