BENEFITING: American Red Cross
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
As you all probably know, I'm running this year's NYC Marathon in honor of my dad who passed from Parkinson's Disease back in July of this year. And to earn my slot in the race I committed to raising $3000 for the Michael J Fox Foundtion for Parkinson's Research. I hit my goal about a week ago and all was right with the world...
Until Hurricane Sandy struck...
And the devastaion that struck the NYC Metro area is astoundanding. And Staten Island where the NYC Marathon starts was hit particularly hard. And I waited & expected for this year's NYC Marathon to be cancelled. And as a life long NYer I support that decision...but instead Mayor Bloomberg INSISTED that the NYC Marathon go on as planned.
I think this is the WRONG decision and I seriously weighed not running the race for the past 2 days.
I saw residents of SI on the news yesteday pleading for help. They are still without power. They have toxic water in their homes. They are still puling bodies from their homes and the death toll is rising. And to know that, and to think that we are going to ship 45,000 runners to SI for a marathon seems wrong to me.
I feel that the NYRRC & the mayor should have definitely cancelled the race. But they didn't, and the race is going on. And it's going on with or without me. And I trained for this race. And I raised over $3000 in my dad's honor. And I know that the charity gets the money regardless if I run or not, but there's something about running a marathon for a good cause with a charity's shirt on my back, that's pulling towards running this Sunday.
So in a last minute effort to make me feel less guilty about running the NYC Marathon and to support a worthy cause I'd like to push all of you who were planning on donating to me, but haven't yet, to donate instead to the Red Cross on this page.
I'd love to raise $1000 towards Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts...