EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
In 2001, I met my husband John and my world changed forever. Within a short time of dating, we both knew we had met our match and were embarking on a new, happy and loving life together. I come from a family of runners but was never interested in it. I guess I was more self conscious than anything else and felt funny doing it. That is until I met John. He enjoyed running occasionally and had participated in a few fun runs over the years.
One beautiful spring day he had me get my sneakers on and he took me for a run in Gateway park. He ran by my side, encouraging me the whole time not to give up and keep going. After that day, we would go for our occasional runs in the same park, always with him by my side motivating me. And this is when my love for running began. I used to tell John that one day I would participate in the NYC marathon. I still run daily . It is just one of the many things John taught and encouraged me to do that I still do to this day.
On January 3, 2008, my husband John, a NYC firefighter, was killed while battling a fire in a high rise apartment building. I was five months pregnant with our second child at the time. Needless to say, we were all shocked and devasted over our tremendous loss. Within a week of John's passing, a representative from the NYC Police and Fire Widows' and Childrens' Benefit Fund was at our house providing us with financial and emotional support. That was seven years ago and they are still here. Not only do they provide for us financially, they are able to give us so much more. Every year they have events for myself and my children to attend where we meet other families who are similar to ours, other people who are trying to raise families while dealing with tremendous loss. It is so important to be able to make connections with people who have had the same experiences. It provides an emotional outlet- one that is very beneficial. My children know they are never alone. There are others who have grown up just like them. The benefit provides financial assistance, scholarship programs and other helpful programs to families of fallen first responders.
My husband John was one of the nicest, most giving people you could ever meet. He prided himself on helping others and loved his job as a NYC firefighter. His memory and his good works will always live on through this organization, who recognizes the sacrifice he has made. For us, his loved ones left behind, the fact that his memory and sacrifice are continually honored, means more than words can say.
This year I am running the NYC marathon in memory of my husband, Lt. John Martinson. I am running to raise money for the NYC Police and Fire Widows' and Childrens' Benefit fund, an organization very close to my heart. They have had a great impact on me and my children. We are never alone. John is never forgotten. I know that he would be happy to know that his family, who he loved more than anything, is provided for in many ways. This fund gives back to the families of the men and women who put their lives on the line daily and ultimately make the greatest sacrifice. I could never thank them enough for all the have done for me and would like to be able to help them help other families in their time of need. I am trying to reach a goal of raising $3,600 for the benefit fund. Please help and make a donation if possible. Just click on the DONATE button on the top right hand of this page. The money will help the families of fallen first responders in their time of need. I am extremely grateful to all of you for your time, your donations and your support!