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Hana SAYS:
Dear friends, Back on My Fee…
Dear friends, Back on My Feet heroes,

On behalf of Back on My Feet, I wanted to express our gratitude for your generous contributions to the noble cause of helping the homeless regain self-sufficiency, through running.

On Sunday I completed my second marathon (in addition to four others that were part of an Ironman) in my personal best time of 3.09. Thank you so much for your support to get there! Stating my goal openly to you made me feel accountable to achieve it and I dug deep when things got tough and winds tried to blow us off the streets of New York City!

The most memorable experience of the New York City Marathon was a Saturday brunch with participants of the Back on My Feet program, most of whom were homeless just a year ago, but were running the marathon on Sunday!

I spent some time talking to Barry Pope.

Last Thanksgiving Barry was getting evicted. His cable was getting cut off. He wanted to go take a break somewhere. In his mind this break would be temporary as he hoped to get some money soon to buy drugs. He ran across the Samaritan Village that gave him shelter. He felt somewhat restricted in his new home but noticed a happy group of people who were hugging all the time and getting out, going for a run early in the mornings. He decided to give Back on My Feet a try, as he wanted to get out a bit. He could barely run two blocks on his first try. He kept at it and when he completed 4 miles to get an official Four Miler designation, he knew this break was no longer temporary. He had gotten too used to the awesome hugs from his support group. He had not been hugged in years before this! Barry now works two jobs, at UPS and Goodwill, he is taking classes and is training for the marathon, his kind of an Ironman he told me. He will soon get his commercial driver license and will be able to do just one job, his dream job. He has not been able to drive in years due to his license being suspended. He has now been clean for 12 months and Back On My Feet has enabled him this dream. Barry thanks all of you for making this a reality. He would never have believed this last Thanksgiving. His family used to call him a quitter, on Sunday he became a Finisher! His motto was 5 Boroughs, 5 Bridges, 5 Hours! He finished the race in 5.38.

Thank you again for the memorable experience and making the world a better place!

4 years ago
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Back on My Feet
Back on My Feet SAYS:
Thank you for your donation …

Thank you for your donation benefiting Back on My Feet New York City. Your investment combined with the incredible efforts of the runner you support will help more individuals experiencing homelessness move toward self-sufficiency.

Since 2007, Back on My Feet has gone from a simple idea that started with running to a national, comprehensive program that provides access to job training, financial aid, employment and housing opportunities. With your support, Back on My Feet will continue to change the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness by helping them change the way they see themselves.

In accordance with tax legislation, which became effective January 1, 2006, your canceled check or credit card statement will substantiate the above-mentioned charitable deduction. Our Tax ID is 26-2109809.

With gratitude,
Back on My Feet

P.S. Remember to ask your employer if they will match your gift!

Jean Hartig
4 years ago
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Shama Zehra
New York, NY United States
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