Mariefi O'Malley wrote -
The NYC Half is over, but the battle keeps going. In March 2014 I ran for the National Stroke Association and I continue to raise funds for those who suffered strokes and to their caregivers; to raise funds for additional research and programs in order to help educate the public on stroke prevention. Every dollar helps! I've raised a small amount and am actively looking for more donations to help me reach my goal by May 31st! Won't you make a loving donation? $5/$10/more? Every little bit helps. I know times are tough but would really love to exceed my goal and your support and love during this time is appreciated.
I selected this organization because it holds a dear place in my heart. Dad was afflicted with a very debilitating stroke July 2009 and since then has had to relearn alot of simple tasks we take for granted everyday: brushing teeth, tying shoes, walking up and down stairs, even smiling! I know they are extreme but just the smallest actions required alot of rehab, patience and prayers. Mom is still dad's caregiver and I admire her insurmountable strength and dedication through the years. Dad is doing a little better but has since surrendered alot of his independence for the day to day. He will be 80yrs old on June 4th and we are grateful for the nurses and doctors who helped them along this difficult journey. Times are still very challenging but they have the drive and determination to keep going and I admire their strong will to live and perservere despite all the health setbacks.
I ran the NYC Half on March 16, 2014 and in my homestate of New York, I felt the undercurrent of the many runners before me! I felt the energy and electricity the "city" only can radiate! That windy and chilly March morning I was determined to run with strong steps to the finish line, weaving in and out of Central Park, down 7th Avenue to the West Side Highway to Ground Zero to end up on Wall Street. It was truly a remarkable event and one that I would run again especially for this worthy cause.
Please consider donating to this fundraiser! I will reach out to as many people as I can, and if you can forward this and Share this link too. My goal is additional $2000 by May 31st! Can you help me do it?! I know you can! Thanks my friends and family! More details to follow and will keep you posted on this amazing progress!!