Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! Achilles Kids, a free running, walking & “rolling” program for children with disabilities that began in 1995, NEEDS YOUR HELP.
The centerpiece of Achilles Kids is a 26.2 mile "virtual marathon" that the kids complete over the course of the school year. Achilles provides all the training materials, customized maps of each city (we have programs in NYC and in 18 states reaching 11,000 children with disabilities!)
For more than ten years, in addition to certificates, bracelets, awesome medals and t-shirts, Achilles Kids has provided sneakers to kids with disabilities who complete the 26.2 mile virtual marathon during the school year. As our program has grown, the costs have skyrocketed and sadly, this year we cannot cover the cost of the 7,500 pairs of sneakers that we need for our kids.
I am going to run 5 marathons - one marathon a week for 5 consecutive weeks beginning the week of April 23rd - to raise money for Achilles Kids to help provide sneakers to the kids who need them the most.
This is the reason for this fundraising page. While for me, running 5 marathons on my crutches - one a week for 5 consecutive weeks at schools in NYC is a daunting challenge, it is nothing at all compared to the challenges our kids face each and every day. And that is why the kids hold such a very special place in my heart! They are the reason I get up every morning, feeling every bit as passionate about our program as I was that first day in April 1995. I have seen first hand what our program has done for the kids in terms of their health and fitness; how proud they are of their accomplishment and what that has done for their self-esteem. I want to do everything I can to insure that our program can continue and that the kids get all the awards they have worked so hard for all year.
ALL donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. NO amount is too small. Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.
For more information about Achilles Kids, please visit our webpage!
* Marathon #1 along the Jersey Shore is in the bag! What an amazing day! Picture perfect weather - brilliant sunshine, bright blue skies, and magnificent vista all along the Jersey Shore - from Asbury Park to Spring Lake and back again (and then some). 33.4 miles in ALL!
Thoughts of the kids raced through my mind all day and carried me along every step of the way (all 59,971 of them!) Truly an uplifting day.
Getting ready for Marathon #2 on May 2nd at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, where I'll be joined by 625 Achilles Kids members from several schools in Brooklyn for the Achilles Kids & District 75 Race for Glory! Being out there with the kids - as they strive to reach THEIR goals will, as always, inspire ME. Can't WAIT!
Thanks to everyone for all their messages of support as well as to all who very kindly and generously donated to my crowdrise page. It's all for and about the kids! #GoAchillesKids!
Thank you for your support!