On September 11th, 2001, my father, FF Joe Mascali, ran and gave his life to save the lives of so many. That day I lost my best buddy, but gained my forever hero. His courage and strength have kept me driven and determined to accomplish my dreams and reach my goals. My father has inspired me to never give up. Running has been a part of my life for many years now. It is my father's voice that echoes in my head during those tough runs, telling me to keep going. In 2015, I was able to run the NYC Half Marathon with friends and family by my side, cheering me on, and of course, my father was with me for every mile. It was an amazing experience to run through the city that I love the most.
On March 20th 2016, I'll take on the streets of NYC once again, but this time as a member of Team Tuesday's Children, an organization that has played a role in helping me get through the last 14 years. Tuesday's Children functions to help the 3,051 children who lost parents on 9/11 cope with their loss through community based programs and counseling sessions. Throughout the years, Tuesday's Children has expanded its efforts to helping other children who have become victims of tragedy. It is an organization that is very close to my heart, and one I am proud to be running for. I have pledged to raise $2,977 before race day, in honor of each precious life that was lost on that tragic day. I ask for your support as I battle through 13.1 miles in the greatest city in the world. On March 20th, I will run my hardest in memory of my dad, in honor of this beautiful organization, and in thanks to you for supporting me.
TUESDAYS CHILDREN wrote -
Tuesday's Children is an official charity partner of the 2016 United Airlines Half Marathon! Being a part of Team Tuesday's means being a part of a group of athletes pushing themselves to new limits, and achieving new goals together while fundraising for the individuals and families that count on our important programs and services.
Tuesday’s Children offers a time-tested, long-term approach – forged in the aftermath of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 – that enables children, families, and communities torn apart by acts of violence to heal, recover, and thrive for a lifetime.