BENEFITING: Robin Hood
ORGANIZER: Robin Hood
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
2015 has been a BIG year for my husband and me. Amongst many exciting and life-changing events we both signed up to run the New York City Marathon. Not too long after, my father-in-law was diagnosed with Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma (or, as we just called it, "kidney cancer”). This news was devastating to us but my father-in-law did not give up or give in. Instead, he fought and lived life each day to the fullest.
Tragically, his fight was short lived. Paul Grubbs passed away in his home in Star, Mississippi on August 15, 2015. Four months and five days after his diagnosis. My husband was able to spend the last weeks of his life with his father and we were all able to say our goodbyes.
But this experience changed us. It changed me. To watch an immediate member of my family fight so hard, struggle so hard and succumb was devastating.
Then I realized something else - it's not so different from the many New Yorkers who are fighting poverty each and every day. Fighting to keep their families sheltered, clothed, and fed. Fighting to keep their children in school and fighting to keep their jobs.
That is why, for my first marathon, I am proud to be running with Robin Hood. Robin Hood is a NYC based non-profit where 100% of donations go directly to the people who need it.
While my husband and I are recovering from our own tragedy, we are also training for the hardest 26.2 miles of our lives. But I know that we will overcome the struggle. I know that we will preserver for ourselves, for my father-in-law, and for our neighbors who need us. Just like I know that with your help our fellow New Yorkers can continue and win their fight against poverty.
- $50 covers the daily wage for one formerly homeless man to participate on a work crew assignment that prepares him for full-time employment.
- $75 provides a day of high quality preschool for one child.
- $100 connects one low-income family to public benefits, social services, and employment counseling.
- $200 helps a woman secure a $1,500 micro-loan to help her launch or expand her own business.
- $750 provides a year of basic literacy training and G.E.D. test preparation for one student.
- $1000 pays for health care for one adolescent for one year.
My father-in-law was a generous and compassionate person. He taught me that no good deed is too small or insignificant. Thank you for helping me honor Paul Grubbs by helping others in need.