I grew up hating exercise. All of it. I started "running" 5ks after I got married back in 2005 and went from walking them to running them, to running half marathons, to completing my first marathon in 2013. A friend from work helped me come up with the courage to try and to push myself to do more-- and invited me to be part of his running team. This coming November I will run the New York City Marathon as part of the Petit Family Foundation's Running Team.
The PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION exists because of a tragedy: the senseless murders of a mother, JENNIFER LYNN HAWKE-PETIT with multiple sclerosis, and her two daughters, HAYLEY ELIZABETH PETIT, 17, a recent graduate of Miss Porter’s School preparing for her freshman year at Dartmouth College, and MICHAELA ROSE PETIT, 11, a rising 6th grader at Chase Collegiate School. William A. Petit, Jr., husband and father, escaped the basement to seek help with his feet still bound after being beaten with a baseball bat. At the public memorial service graciously hosted by Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT, Dr. Petit asked those gathered to “help a neighbor, fight for a cause, and love your family” to honor the memories of his family and make the world a little bit better place to live.
It is the PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION goal that there is continued raising and distribution of funds to fulfill the mission to help educate young people especially those with interests in science, to help support those with chronic illnesses, and to help protect those affected by violence.
Please join me in supporting this organization as I run New York.
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