I am both humbled and thrilled to be running the TCS New York City Marathon this fall (11/5/2017) as a member of The Fresh Air Fund’s team. As many of you know, this has been a long time dream of mine -- and I’m training so that New York City children can have the opportunity to visit Fresh Air host families or camp during the summer. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to *more than 1.8 million* New York City children from low-income communities.
Last summer, close to 4,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. Each year, 3,000 children also attend five Fresh Air camps on a 2,000-acre site in Fishkill, New York. Youngsters learn how to swim, go on overnight hiking trips and participate in dance and art classes. Campers say their favorite part about camp is meeting new friends. The Fund also provides year-round camping and educational opportunities including a tutoring and mentoring program that serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.
Many Fresh Air children have never run barefoot in the grass, caught fireflies or gone swimming in a lake. By participating in this year’s fundraiser, together, we will help *thousands* of children enjoy simple summertime pleasures. [Learn more about the amazing impact of this organization through this recent NYT article.]
I hope you will support me and The Fresh Air Fund by making a donation on my Crowdrise site here. Thanks for your consideration -- it means so much to me and to the Fresh Air children.