Joseph Shaffer

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Your gracious donation will enable the Wellness Program at Fountain House to upgrade exercise equipment, acquire a flat screen TV and tablet to facilitate fitness & health programming groups, and launch a wellness scholarship program to provide support to individuals wishing to access fitness opportunities in the greater NYC community.


On Sunday I completed the 26.2 mile NYC Marathon course along with more than 50,000 other runners. The atmosphere was magical and the enthusiasm from the crowd pushed us along. Onlookers kept the mood light by displaying signs the likes of “Toenails are for sissies”, “Pain is temporary, bragging on Facebook is forever”, and “Chuck Norris never ran a marathon”.

Most of you know that I was originally entered in the 2012 NYC Marathon that was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. So this experience was a long time in the making- the culmination of a 3-year personal goal.

But it was much more than that.

During the race I dealt with a few issues: I had persistent pain in my left heel due to a strained Achilles tendon that had originated 3 weeks prior; I had to deal with 30+ mph cross winds on the Verazzano-Narrows bridge at the start of the race; I had awful cramps in my side from mile 24 to the finish that felt like someone was stabbing me in the ribs every time I inhaled.

Each time I was met with pain, frustration, or doubt, I thought back to the cause for which I was running: Fountain House and the community of members that I work with every day. The physical issues that I had to overcome, pale in comparison to the debilitating effects of mental illness and the subsequent societal stigma that our members confront on a daily basis. They handle these difficulties with grace, courage, and optimism, which is motivational to all who witness it and experience it.

To the members of Fountain House: You inspire me. I only hope that I can return the favor.

YOUR support is helping our members live longer, healthier lives.

Thank you SO much,

5 years ago
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Joseph Shaffer
Joseph Shaffer
Jersey City, NJ United States
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Joseph Shaffer's Fundraisers

2014 NYC Marathon to benefit Fountain House Wellness Program Image

2014 NYC Marathon to benefit…

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82% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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26 for Sandy Vics

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11% Raised of$2,620 Goal