Hi, my name is Katie Meehan. I am fortunate enough to be running the 2017 NYC Marathon this November and I will be raising money for an incredible organization called Tuesday's Children. Tuesday’s Children is a nonprofit organization founded to provide support for families affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Tuesday's Children continues today to support 9/11 families and children as well as 9/11 First Responders and their famillies. Tuesday's Children has also expanded it's outreach to help children, families and communities around the world impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss. TC's programs enable all those people to, over time, heal, recover and ultimately thrive. (please click on the link to learn more specifically what TC does https://www.tuesdayschildren.org/what-we-do/)!
For those of you who may not know, my family received support directly from Tuesday's Children after 9/11/01. My dad, Bill Meehan, was chief financial analyst for Cantor Fitzgerald, wrote for TheStreet.com and appeared on news programs such as CNBC to offer his opinion on the markets. He worked in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on the 105th floor and passed away on 9/11/01. As you can imagine, my family was shocked, devastated and broken after learning that the towers had been hit and collapsed and then realizing our dad did not make it out alive. I was only 10 years old at the time, had just started 5th grade and my world was turned upside down. My dad was my best friend and I was his princess. I miss him every day.
Tuesday's Children was one of many organizations to reach out to help my family heal. I remember getting gifts and letters from people who didn't even know me, but just wanted to help. It lifted my spirits to know there were so many good people out there who cared about my well-being and it made moving forward much easier. I don't think my 10 year old self understood the impact of Tuesday's Children's support for so many families, but I do now, which is why I feel honored to raise money for this organization. I feel like it is my turn to give back, so, if you're so inclined, I would greatly appreciate any donation you can make. No gift is too small and it would mean the world to some child or family who has experienced loss or has been affected by terrorism.