BENEFITING: NYU Langone Medical Center
EVENT DATE: Mar 19, 2017
This year I am running the NYC Half Marathon in Memory of Thomas Porter, someone who I am extremely proud to call my lifelong friend. Although running any amount of miles could not even come close to the fight Thomas and his family put up against epilepsy, I am hoping to raise money to do what Thomas loved to do, help make other patients smile.
Thomas loved life and especially loved the people in it. Despite being a patient at NYU, he volunteered with FACES, a cause very close to his heart. Thomas' smile was contagious, his laugh infectious, and he could brighten your day when you needed it most at the drop of a hat. If you knew Thomas you’d know that no one loved life the way he did. I’ll never forget one day after Thomas got out of what would be considered a fairly lengthy hospital stay for anyone else, I asked him “Thomas how are you doing?” His response was “well my sister is married, how could I be any better?” That is a perfect example of Thomas’s personality; he could be feeling terrible and still be having the best day of his life. Whether it was playing you the new Pitbull album, reciting the weeks Giants' stats, or making fun of the 6" birdie put you missed on 18, Thomas loved to make everyone smile no matter what. I know nothing would make Thomas happier than to raise money for FACES so that other epilepsy patients might have the chance to smile just a little bit more.
FACES at NYU Langone Medical Center wrote -
TeamFACES is proud to run in the 2017 NYC Half Marathon among thousands of others as they race on behalf of important, meaningful causes. Our athletes will compete to spread epilepsy awareness and support for the mission of FACES while racing through the streets of New York City on March 19th! FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) at NYU Langone Medical Center is dedicated to helping people and families living with epilepsy, through research, education, and clinical and community support programs. Funds raised by each runner will benefit research efforts to improve epilepsy care, educational materials and cost-free seminars, scholarship opportunities, family initiatives, and various events hosted by FACES throughout the year. To learn more about FACES, please view this short video