Repost (Introduced to Spellcheck this morning)
We first ran the Tunnel to the Tower Run/ Walk in 2010...some of you may already know this about me but I HATE RUNNING. Like from the moment I start...the only thought that keeps running through my head after that first moment is when do I get to stop. I really really don’t like running. But when I heard about the Tunnel to the Tower run and the story of how it was started in memory of former Fire Fighter Stephen Siller there was no question that I'd have to give it a go.
Stephen Siller was an off-duty Firefighter on 9-11 making his way home from the Manhattan to Brooklyn when the Towers were hit. He stopped his car after making out of the Battery Park Tunnel on the Brooklyn side, popped his trunk, geared up and ran back through the Battery Park Tunnel, continued running through Battery Park City, got to the Towers and sacrificed his life saving others on that tragic day. I ran that year wearing my Patrick Brown T-shirt in memory of another one of our heroes lost that day. Captain Patrick Brown was part of our Seido Karate family, a decorated NYC Firefighter and among the first responders that gave their lives rescuing others that morning. These were just two of the stories that day, as we know we were all touched by this event, none of us escaped its reach.
Somehow I convinced my sister to run with me (she HATES running almost as much as I do), I talked the wife into it, my good friend Eileen even one year. It’s such an incredible experience that we've run it every year we can. Firefighters in full uniform from around the world, Military Personnel, full squads of West Point cadets run with us regular folks...it's special.
One morning...I think it might have been on our 3 year, my son Elijah (then 7yrs old) asked if he could run it with us (that’s him in the picture amongst the fireman at the end of the run that year). Turns out he's the best runner in the group (even back then! yeah, a little embarrassing...but I'm good with it). This year, we decided we would try and raise money for the Stephen Siller Foundation.
The goal of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to continue Stephen’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and service members. Building for America’s Bravest, a proud program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, constructs specially adapted smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members. In January 2015, the Foundation also raised over one million dollars to fully pay off the mortgages for the families of slain NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Luis Ramos.
Admittedly, I'm a little late getting this going...but better late than never. If you can support the cause and donate...it would be greatly appreciated. If you can't donate and can support us in spirit...it is greatly appreciated. If you can run yourself and be a part of this incredible event...it’s not too late. https://www.crowdrise.com/T2TNYC
Thank you Jean J.