|That's my motto this season. My name is Anthony and I am a fireman in Engine 10 (Ten House) of the FDNY. It is a dangerous job but with great risk comes great reward. Every day that I go to work I have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. It is a very special feeling to be able to do that for someone you've never met. When others run out, I run in.|
Now I have an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of two women very close to me who are afflicted by Crohn’s Disease, my Mother-In-Law—Ann, and the wife of my Best Man—Mariellen, who has been a friend of mine for over 20 years but was unable to attend my wedding due to Crohn’s Disease. I will also be running for two other people very special to me, my girls.
Crohn’s disease is a hereditary disease which means my wonderful wife—Beth and our beautiful daughters Ella and Andi may one day be afflicted by this disease. I am running in this Half Marathon so that I can help put an end to Ann & Mariellen's suffering and so that should the day come that Beth, Ella, or Andi is diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease that they will not suffer long.
They are among the over 1.4 MILLION, and growing, number of people who suffer—many of them silently—from Crohn’s & Colitis. It doesn’t just afflict a person’s body, debilitating them physically, but it can also affect them emotionally by turning everyday things we take for granted, like a walk in the park with our family, into a terrifying ordeal. I mentioned that many people suffer in silence. They do so because of the social stigma that is often attached to diseases that affect the bowel system.
I need all of your help. Last year, with the help of many of you, I raised $15,000. I want to come in first! I don’t mean to cross the finish line first. I don’t think I could do that even if I drove. I want to raise more money than anybody, so I am back at it again for another 13.1 miles. I can’t do that without all of your help. So I guess I want US to come in first. Help me by making donations and I’ll work my tail off to be worthy of your help. I will get US past the finish line. Now I need you to get US past our fundraising goal. Together we can make a difference!