As many of you know, I'm running this year's NYC Marathon in honor of my dad who passed from Parkinson's Disease back in July of this year. And to earn my slot in the race I committed to raising $3000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. I hit my $3k goal about a week ago and all was right with the world...
Until Hurricane Sandy struck...
And the devastation that struck the NYC Metro area is astounding. And Staten Island where the NYC Marathon starts was hit particularly hard. And I waited & expected for this year's NYC Marathon to be cancelled. And as a life long NYer I would have supported that decision...but instead Mayor Bloomberg INSISTED that the NYC Marathon go on as planned.
I think this is the WRONG decision and I seriously weighed not running the race for the past 2 days.
I saw residents of Staten Island on the news yesterday pleading for help. They are still without power. They have toxic water in their homes. They are still puling bodies from their homes and the death toll is rising. And to know that, and to think that we are going to ship 45,000 runners to SI for a marathon seems wrong to me.
I feel that the NYRRC & the mayor should have definitely cancelled the race.
But they didn't, and the race is going on. And it's going on with or without me. And I trained for this race. And I raised over $3000 in my dad's honor. And I know that the charity gets the money regardless if I run or not, but there's something about running a marathon for a good cause with a charity's shirt on my back, that's pulling me towards running this Sunday.
So, yes I'm leaning towards running the marathon this Sunday...
So in a last minute effort to make me feel less guilty about running the NYC Marathon and to support an EXTREMELY worthy cause I'd like to push all of you to donate to a great organization called AMERICARES.
I'd love to raise $1000 for AMERICARES towards Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts...
Please support AMERICARES and donate as much as you can. No amount is too big or too small!
What does AmeriCares do? What are they all about? I'm glad you asked...
Below is more info on AmeriCares and how the funds will be used...
AmeriCares emergency response experts are closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and are delivering medicines, first aid kits, cleaning products, flashlights and other relief supplies to the hardest hit communities up and down the East Coast.
AmeriCares relief workers have reached out to more than 100 health clinics, food banks and other agencies with offers of assistance. The global health and disaster relief organization also has aid workers ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice.
Please click on the link below to support their relief efforts.
Thanks so much.