After battling prostate cancer, my goal is to recover fast enough to safely run the NYC Marathon (26.2 miles) and raise vital funds for FCA.
In what will be my comeback race following a battle with prostate cancer, I'm running the New York City Marathon to benefit Long Island's needy families!
In the wee hours of November 6th, I will run through the 5 boroughs as I compete in the iconic New York City Marathon! I will cover the 26.2 miles as quickly as possible while raising vital funds for one of Long Island's oldest and most respected charities - Family and Children's Association (FCA).
Serving our community for more than 138 years, Family & Children's is dedicated to protecting and strengthening Long Island's most vulnerable children, seniors, families, and communities. I proudly became the organization's President/CEO in July, 2014 and was immediately struck by the comprehensive array of services offered by FCA along with the passion, intelligence and integrity of such a fine team. Among the services offered by FCA are the following:
- Nassau County's only shelter for runaway/homeless youth.
- A transitional residence for young adults.
- Two licensed substance abuse treatment centers.
- Three recovery centers
- A gun violence prevention program that employs staff with lived experience.
- A co-op nursery for moms in our substance abuse treatment program and recent immigrants.
- A mental health case management program for children and a respite program for their families.
- A full suite of senior citizen programs, including volunteer ombudspersons in nursing homes, bill payer services, case management services and more.
- Scholarships, vocational counseling, job training and placement.
- Case management for young people transitioning out of foster care.
FCA offers several other programs serving diverse populations, and all are laser-focused on strengthening individuals, families and communities. We offer one-stop shopping and immediate assistance for Long Island families, which means fewer barriers to care, lean and imaginative management and cost-effectiveness. In short, your donated dollar goes further at FCA.
I've taken on this challenge because I've seen first-hand how our staff at FCA change lives, how our volunteers pour their hearts and souls into making a difference and how a community coming together can achieve unbelievable things. Your support will propel me across the finish line on November 6th and provide a helping hand to your neighbors in need. I hope I can count on you!