The Finish Line!
November 07, 2017
"Before reading on, please take a few moments to scroll through the pictures to the left. They tell the story of why I am running a marathon (after having run the 2013 NYC Marathon and vowing, 'never again'!) These men have brought me out of retirement. They are my friends and their grit and determination has inspired me. So please take a moment to meet Charles, Tony, Hector, and Mike."
Each of these men has a story of struggle, despair, and hopelessness which has been transformed into a new journey of growth and life change. Case in point, Charles, who has left behind a 30 year crack addiction and homeslessness, trading it in for a pair of running shoes, and much more. He, along with the others, will be running 26.2 miles through the streets of NYC with me on November 5th to celebrate life, and to help raise money so that many more men and women struggling with poverty, addiction and homelessness can discover and embrace a future they had come to believe was not possible.
In my role as CEO of the New York City Rescue Mission, I have come to value greatly the work of Back on My Feet. I have seen the impact of running, and all of the discipline involved in training, in helping the homeless become convinced that they can truly change their lives. My goal is raise at least $3000, which will be shared equally by Back on my Feet and the NYC Rescue Mission. By investing in me (and my friends) you will literally help many get back on their feet and run into a great future."
From Back on My Feet:
"By choosing to fundraise for Back on My Feet NYC you are helping raise critical awareness and funds to make a difference in the lives of our members. Back on My Feet helps individuals experiencing homelessness transform their lives through running. While you're training, our BoMF NYC members will be training for the marathon alongside you. And together, mile by mile, we can make a difference.
BoMF combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources."