Hello family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else that is viewing my page. My name is Roberto Manuel Rapalo and those that know me know I am an avid runner and this year I am happy to announce that I was selected to be 1 of 5 runners, running for CC Sabathia charity PitCCh for kids at the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. This charity is geared towards enriching the lives of inner New York City youth by supporting programs in the area.
Growing up in the Bronx and attending the public school system (from elementary school throughout High school and College) I remember the challenges that many of our families faced. I was lucky enough to have had two hard working parents that kept me in line and kept my focus in school. I am now a Doctor in Physical Therapy working at Mt. Sinai hospital and I admit that this would not be possible without the hard work of family, after-school programs that kept me occupied in positive surroundings, and mentors along the way that kept challenging me to be my best even when I was down.
As I was looking for charities to run the NYC marathon with, it made perfect sense to attempt to join CC Sabathia and the PitCCh in foundation mission in enriching the lives of our inner city youth. I was fortunate to be accepted. The goal is to raise at least $5,000.00. Honestly I took a leap of faith and figured we can do this and make a difference. I need all of your help. Many of my friends and family that are reading this came from a similar background that I have, we know the hardships. Unfortunately budget cuts are an issue that has been spoken of a lot in a state and federal level in the past decade. The truth is many of the programs for our youth tend to take the hit first; this is an opportunity for us to “PitCCH” in for the right cause and make a difference. I know how much youth programs growing up in the city kept me in the right direction, let’s all join the “PitCCH” in foundation mission statement and help enrich the lives of our youth. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.
I would like to thank anyone seeing my page in advance for your interest and generosity.
Roberto Manuel Rapalo
"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it"~Moliere.....a quote on Perseverance
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