Rajesh Desingu wrote -It has been my dream to run a marathon and more so one in NYC. I also wanted to make this a meaningful adventure. This year I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful person and an organization that is doing good work and I wanted to support their cause. CORD USA NY Chapter ( http://cordnewyork.org/cord/ ). This year they are supporting war widows in Sri Lanka and I am participating in the run this year to raise money for war widows in Sri Lanka. CORD Sri Lanka has been working relentlessly to help war victims in the North as the country emerged from 30 years of civil war which has left over 100,000 young women as widows with absolutely no skills or means of livelihood. There is a dire need to empower these affected widows who are being subject to abuse, mal-nourishment and feel completely helpless. About 25 widows commit suicide each month. Your kind donations will be used to create income generation programs to empower these widows so that they can become independent and provide for their families.