This past Sunday was the ninth annual New York City Half Marathon and when most New Yorkers were just getting out of bed, 20,750 runners had already crossed the finish line steps away from Battery Park and the Staten Island Ferry. The race around Central Park, through Times Square, and down the West Side Highway to lower Manhattan featured world class competition, near-perfect weather, and a group of cancer-kicking Team LIVESTRONG runners.
Collectively, these runners raised $28,000 for the fight against cancer and turned those 13.1 miles into something much bigger than just a race. The race came full circle for this year’s top fundraiser, Ashley Stearns. Three years ago Ashley spoke movingly to our Team LIVESTRONG runners before the 2011 NYC Half-Marathon when she was still going through treatment for ovarian cancer. This year she was feeling healthy and strong and was able to run the course in honor of a loved one!
We also had Team Grandma Connie’s Crew running in honor of Connie Murtaugh, who lost her battle to breast cancer on November 2nd, 2013. There was no denying their presence on the course as they ran an inspired race with their supporters passionately cheering them on as they waved large pictures of Grandma Murtaugh high above the crowd.
In addition, Andrew Fierstein’s courageous fight against cancer inspired Team LIVESTRONG runner, Adrienne Koslow, to take on the streets of NYC and raise funds for the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s cancer support services. Andrew’s positive attitude throughout his fight serves as reminder that each of us should enjoy the moment. There’s no doubt each Team LIVESTRONG runner enjoyed the moment as they crossed the finish line for something more than themselves. THANK YOU!
The fight against cancer is personal for so many of us, and by committing to run with us and raise vital funds to support people affected by cancer, you’re doing your part to make a difference. You can join in the fun, and make a personal difference, too – check out www.teamlivestrong.org.