Wendy and Gary Cremeens - Team Cremeens have been selected to walk / run the 2018 NYC Marathon on November 4, 2018!!! I (Gary) will be running / walking for my Mother, my Mother In-Law, and my Father In-Law, all who have died or suffer from brain injuries, with the benefiting charity being the Brain Injury Association of New York State.
In the description below, we go over more of the details regarding some fundraising efforts; however, we know budgets are tight, and some people may still want to support our efforts and can't financially. We created a way for you to virtually support us via a Facebook Event called 2018 NYC Marathon Virtual Encouragers for Team Cremeens. Towards the bottom of the page you will see some prizes you can win depending on how much you are able to donate.
For every person that donates, we will add their name, company, or organization to our t-shirts and sweatshirts. We will wear these shirts during our training runs, the race, and whenever possible. We will ask your permission, as we know some of you will want your donation to be anonymous.
How did this happen? Pure coincidence, we did not solicit any non-profits. New York Road Runners STRIDES Program selected Wendy, and the Brain Injury Association of New York State selected Gary. We were both shocked and humbled and really did not know what to do next.
Why is it a big deal? Not everyone can enter this race, the marathon has pace requirements, and lottery entries that happen for most people to be selected. Wendy and I were lucky to be chosen by two different non-profit organizations.
Otherwise, we probably would never have this opportunity to run and run / walk this amazing event. In addition, and more importantly, we can help bring awareness to the Brain Injury Association of New York State and what they do for survivors, and others impacted.
Wendy was selected through New York Road Runners STRIDES Program, through the Lansing Central School District . This is part of the Rising New York Road Runners to support K-12 staff and youth with incentives to celebrate key milestones. She will also be bringing awareness to the Brain Injury Association of New York State, since both our parents have died or have been impacted by brain injuries, she will also be running for my Mother and her Mother and her Father.
Gary was selected through the Brain Injury Association of New York State to run the NYC Marathon.
Starting in May of 2018 Gary will be trying to raise over $5,000 or more for Brain Injury Association of New York State.
Why did Gary choose the Brain Injury Association of New York State?
Did you know? Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) happen every 13 seconds to someone in the U.S.
Gary's mother, at the age of 56, died from complications related to a TBI.
Wendy's Father has suffered two strokes, his second stroke was in August of 2017, and it has been challenging for her father, as well as family and friends. It has also been extremely challenging for him, as it is hard for him to communicate to the outside world. Wendy and Gary would like to bring more awareness about support groups for family members and friends that have loved ones who have suffered from a TBI or stroke. We will try to help educate people on how they can lower their risks of a TBI or stroke. Did you know? More than 795,000 people have a stroke each year.
Wendy's Mother had lung cancer, which recently spread to her brain, causing a large brain tumor that was removed this year, and recently went back for gamma knife surgery this spring, and has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. She has been amazingly strong through this process, especially as this happened around the same time as her husband Sonny's second stroke, and she had to make a decision to find him assisted living. It has been challenging for all of their family and friends, but they take their cue from Maureen, and she is ready to take on whatever comes her way.
Awareness about the Brain Injury of New York State & Mental Health Stigma
Gary and Wendy would like to bring more awareness to the Brain Injury Association of New York State and the support groups for family members and friends that have loved ones who have suffered from brain injuries, brain tumors, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a TBI, stroke, and mental health. We will try to help educate people on how they can lower their risks of a TBI or stroke, and awareness regarding stigma surrounding mental health.
Gary also is a strong advocate for people who ride bikes to wear a helmet, and how to wear it properly.
New York issued a statement on their bicycle safety study including these numbers: Bicycle lanes and helmets may reduce the risk of death. Almost three-quarters of fatal crashes (74%) involved a head injury (TBI). Nearly all bicyclists who died (97%) were not wearing a helmet.
There are many videos on YouTube that are quite graphic showing people being hit not wearing a helmet while riding a bike. This video does NOT contain any graphic images; however, it does contain some language afterwards that could be considered offensive. Keep in mind, this person had a collision with a DEER, not a 4,000 lbs. CAR. Hover over the video and hit the square button to enlarge the video.
This will be Wendy's FIRST marathon, and Gary's fifth marathon.
Not able to give a donation? Words of encouragement in person or via social media (Facebook Event Page), hi-fives in person or virtually would mean the world to us. Wendy is extremely nervous! It is really important to both of us to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as, education and awareness of all brain injuries and try to bring more awareness regarding mental health and help eliminate the stigma associated with mental health. For many people, fear prevents them from taking that first step toward wellness or education, we are hoping to turn that fear into hope.
We have made the commitment to run, or run / walk the 26.2 miles for Gary's Mom, and Wendy's Mom and Dad; however, having your support will help push us forward and keep us putting one foot in front of the other.
Brain Injury Association of New York State has a mission to minimize brain injury through prevention and to support, educate and advocate for individuals with brain injuries and their families.
In addition, Wendy and Gary often say, an active body equals an active mind!
Wendy & Gary Cremeens