EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011
Jay Ptashek wrote -
NYAWC is an organization that is very near to my heart. Growing up, my best friend's mother was on the board and was a major fundraiser for a shelter for battered women and their children. It struck me then, at a very young age, that if there was a group that needed the most help, it was those women and children who were victims of domestic violence. It just did not compute to me that anyone would raise a hand against a defenseless woman or child.
Now, being married to an Asian woman, having my own kids and participating in the Asian community, I feel a stronger pull to help protect this group that needs the attention and support of the broader community. Running a marathon is a small feat compared to the journeys that these victims endure.
I look at the marathon as a personal challenge. Despite regular exercise and being in relatively good shape, the marathon is a daunting task. I ran in 2009. I found it to be incredibly difficult and had many moments of doubt about whether I could finish it, which I ultimately did. I am looking forward to running again this year, with the NYAWC as a big push for extra inspiration.
With my wife on the board of NYAWC, I often hear about the many challenges NYAWC faces in serving these women and children. I am always happy to lend whatever help I can in this regard. I hope that you will also support me in my 26.2 miles to support them! Thank you so much!