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Team Arleni ! - 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk In Loving Memory and Honor of Arlene T. Babakitis !!!

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Melissa Pettignano

THE STORY:

HEYYY EVERYONE !!!!!!! 

 

MY NAME IS MELISSA PETTIGNANO. I AM 27 YEARS OLD AND I AM THE NEICE OF ARLENE T. BABAKITIS WHO PERISHED IN THE HORRIFIC SEPTEMBER 11TH 2001, WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACKS.

 

MY AUNT WORKED FOR THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN THE NORTH TOWER ON THE 64TH FLOOR FOR PORTH AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK CITY / NEW JERSEY AND WAS AN E-Z PASS CORDINATOR. 

 

I WAS THIRTEEN YEARS OLD WHEN MY AUNT PASSED AWAY AND SHE WAS LIKE A SECOND MOTHER TO ME. 

 

I AM TRULY EXCITED ABOUT THE 9/11 MEMORIAL 5K RUN / WALK BECAUSE THAT WILL BE A DAY, ALONG WITH EVERYDAY, ( IN WHICH WE REMEMBER AND NOT EVER FORGET ),WHERE WE ALL COME TOGETHER AND WE CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF OUR LOVED ONES. THE LIVES OF THE TRUE HERO'S OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS. 

 

MY AUNT ARLENE WAS TRULY AN AMAZING WOMAN. SHE WAS INCREDIBLE. SHE HAD A DRY SENSE OF HUMOR AND MADE EVERYONE LAUGH. SHE WAS DOWN TO EARTH AND REAL. SHE WAS STRONG AND COMPASSIONATE. SHE EMBODIES WHAT BEING A STRONG WOMAN IS ALL ABOUT. SHE HAS TAUGHT ME SO VERY MUCH AND CONTINUES TO TEACH ME EVERY DAY IN HER ABSENCE THROUGH THE STORIES I HEAR AND THE TRUTH THAT IS SHOWN.

 

I CHERISH ALL OF OUR MEMORIES AND CARRY THEM AND HER WITH ME IN MY HEART AND EVERYWHERE THAT I GO. I ALWAYS WILL THROUGH THE GRACE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST FOR ALL ETERNITY INTO EVERLASTING LIFE !!!!!!! :D XO <3 

 

MY AUNT ARLENE WAS VERY GIVING OF HERSELF. SHE WOULD GO THE EXTRA MILE FOR ANYONE. EVEN IN THE FACE OF EVIL SHE WOULD KNOW JUST HOW TO DIMINISH IT WITH LIGHT. SHE WAS A WOMAN OF GREAT FAITH IN OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST !!! 

 

SHE LOVED TO WALK THE TRACK.

 

A STORY I WOULD LOVE TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE IS THE FOLLOWING: 

 

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, MY MOTHER, MY AUNT AND I, ALL WALKED OUR HOMETOWN TRACK. IT WAS ON A SUMMER DAY WHERE WE WERE LAUGHING, JOKING AROUND AND HAVING SUCH A BLAST. RIGHT AFTER WE WALKED THE TRACK WE ALL AGREED WE WERE HUNGRY, SO MY AUNT SUGGESTED WE ALL GRAB ICE CREAM LOLOL WE USE TO SAY TO HER " DOESN'T THIS DEFEAT THE PURPOSE OF EXERCISING? " AND SHE WITH A HUGE SMILE, WOULD SAY, ' YEAH, BUT WHO CARE'S. LET'S HAVE SOME...YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE RIGHT. " 

 

I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. LOLOL YES SHE WAS A FAN OF EXERCISING AND EATING RIGHT OF COURSE, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS, SHE ALSO SHOWED YOU HAVE TO ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULLEST. ENJOY AND INDULGE ONCE IN A WHILE. NOT BE SO SERIOUS ALL THE TIME. 

 

HER LOVE FOR GIVING AND HELPING PEOPLE WAS CONTAGIOUS AND TO BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK AND HELP IS A GIFT WE ALL CAN APPRECIATE. 

 

I ASK YOU MY FAMILY, MY FRIENDS AND EVERYONE VIEWING THIS PAGE WHO I CONSIDER MY EXTENDED FAMILY, TO PLEASE HELP AND DONATE TO SUCH AN INCREDIBLE WORTHY CAUSE IN THE LOVING HONOR AND MEMORY OF MY AUNT ARLENE T. BABAKITIS, ALL THE VICITMS, SURVIRORS, THE FAMILIES, THE FRIENDS, THE FIRST RESPONOERS, OUR FIREFIGHTERS, OUR POLICE OFFICERS, AND OUR MILITARY IN EVERY STATION, ETC.            

 

MY AUNT'S LEGACY WILL FOREVER LIVE ON AS WILL THE LEGACIES OF ALL OUR HERO'S, THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR FREINDS, ETC.

 

I ASK YOU TO PLEASE DONATE AS LITTLE OR AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. TOGETHER WE ALL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. TOGETHER WE CAN CONQUER SO MUCH. 

 

REMEMBER GOD LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST IS LOVE AND GOOD ALWAYS WINS AGAINST EVIL !!! 

 

LOVE, ~* MELISSA P *~

 

Join us for our 3rd annual Run/Walk and Family Day. The route begins at Pier 26 and will follow along Battery Park City, with views of One World Trade Center. Immediately following the Run/Walk, participants are welcome to attend Family Day at the corner of Liberty and Greenwich streets, adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial plaza. There will be food trucks, music and activities for kids. 

 

Visit www.911memorial.org/5K for more event details and frequently asked questions. 

 

All proceeds and donations will help fund the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Thank you for your support. 

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