“I am running on behalf of the Red Cross because of their eagerness to help those in need, both in the United States and internationally. The Red Cross helps victims of disasters, supports military members and their families, helps to supply blood for those in need, and provides international humanitarian aid. The organization responds to tragedy fast and is on the front lines, helping in any way possible.
While all aspects of the Red Cross' mission are important, I am particularly passionate about helping victims of disasters. My first memory of the Red Cross was watching the news about the devastating impacts of Hurricane Katrina, and within hours of this natural disaster, seeing the Red Cross support the New Orleans community in any way they could. I knew then that I wanted to be involved in their mission someday in any way I could. Being able to raise money for the Red Cross during the Boston Marathon and London Marathon was a dream come true, and I cannot wait to continue my fundraising journey for the New York City Marathon surrounded by friends and family.
For me, the most difficult challenge of training and preparing for the marathon is making sure I carve time out of my daily schedule to stay on top of my training routine. Even if I have a deadline at work or a social event, I must find pockets in the day to take time to go out and run, do yoga, or cross-train. Some of the longer training runs can take hours, and the weather doesn't always cooperate, but I simply have to get it done! The best part is the day of the marathon! At that point, the training is done, and the race is my victory lap. I ran Boston and London’s marathon for the Red Cross as well, and it is humbling to hear people cheer out "Go Red Cross!" during the run – it helps me understand that the race is more than just about me running 26.2 miles, but about representing this incredible organization. I've been really blessed to have friends and family at the other marathons I have completed and seeing them at the finish line is the icing on the cake. My sister lives in New York City, so this one will be extra special with her watching me run through the neighborhoods she calls home!
Thank you to everyone who has and will support me in my fundraising for Team Red Cross for the New York City Marathon! I am in constant awe of the Red Cross and what they do daily to provide for those in need. To be a small part of their mission is something I will always be grateful for, and I could not do it without all those supporting me in my fundraising efforts. Every dollar counts and I cannot wait to see how the money I fundraise turns into shelters, hot meals, local disaster response, and many more tangible items for those in need!”