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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
US Army Veteran1 Relay Marathon Completed1st Marathon, 1st New York City MarathonMechanical Engineer, CPI Aero An Army mechanic turned engineer turned marathon runner. This November, Thomas will run the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon as a member of Team Mission United.    When Thomas enlisted in the US Army, he was out of shape, not at the fitness level he should have been. Despite this, he took to running while in the military and discovered he had a strong lung capacity. Within months Thomas became the leader of his troop’s group runs, setting the pace and keeping his fellow soldiers... Read more
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
2 Marathons Completed, 1st New York City MarathonLaw Student, St. John’s University A native of Merrick, Daniel has been known since high school as “the guy running on Hewlett Avenue” but this November Daniel will be known as “the guy running through the boroughs.” He is running in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon as a member of United Way of Long Island’s Team Mission United.   Daniel’s inspiration to run in support of Long Island veterans stemmed from an impressionable experience during a college history course. While learning about wars from the American soldier’s perspective, Daniel... Read more
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
13 Marathons Completed - 1st New York City MarathonResearch Assistant, Macquarie Carly, a native Long Islander and current Bostonian, recently retired from running. That is until she discovered the opportunity to support a cause close to her heart while running her first New York City marathon.   Carly's motivation to run began after witnessing her sister's medical struggles post-stroke. As a result, Carly ran the Boston Marathon – her first marathon - in support of stroke research. Since then, she has run twelve additional marathons for charity. This year, Carly wants "to give back to the... Read more
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
1 Triathlon Completed1 Marathon Completed – 1st New York City MarathonSUNY Albany Graduate Student, Double-Major in Cybersecurity & Political Science Partly inspired by the non-fiction book Brothers Forever, one particular Bayport native has decided to support veterans and their families by running in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon as a member of United Way of Long Island’s Team Mission United.   Brendan, a natural competitor who has always enjoyed the challenge associated with team sports, discovered that running in his first marathon was a different experience entirely. It was not... Read more
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
27 Marathons Completed – 28th New York City MarathonAssistant Principal, Freeport Public Schools Alma, an experienced long-distance runner, is preparing to complete the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon as a member of United Way of Long Island’s Team Mission United.    At age 26, Alma immigrated to New York City from Mexico City. It was then that she ran her first New York City marathon and has run every year since. Running provides a way to clear her mind and solve challenges from her job as an elementary school Assistant Principal.    This year's marathon is particularly significant for Alma... Read more
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
David, YouthBuild GraduateCurrent Occupation: Electrician in Training David, a recent graduate of YouthBuild Long Island, knows the struggle of trying to escape a cycle of poor decisions. He remembers being unsure of his future, not sure where to turn and feeling deeply depressed with his purpose in life. He remembers thinking, “I need to get help, and if I don’t get help now, it’s going to be too late.” Growing up with a single mother and two siblings, David recalls trying to take on adult responsibilities as a child in order to compensate for his absentee father. However, this led to poor... Read more
Monday, May 20, 2019
RomannVetsBuild Alumni, Class of 2013Petty Officer 2nd Class, US Navy Veteran; US Navy ReservesCurrent Occupation: Program Analyst, US Dept. of Veterans Affairs Romann served two tours, totaling seven years, in the U.S. Navy – one world tour and one West Pacific tour – before entering the U.S. Navy Reserves and serving an additional tour in Kuwait. Having traveled the world at sea, Romann was accustomed to spending limited time with his family. However, during his deployment, Romann’s wife gave birth to their firstborn. Being away for the birth and infancy of his daughter was heartbreaking,... Read more
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Jeffrey  PFC US Army Veteran, Military Police Corp, 561st Military Police Company, Fort Meyer, VA 1981-84Occupation: Medical Supply Technician  A native Long Islander, Jeffrey left Sayville, New York for Fort Meyer, Virginia when he joined the US Army. Jeffrey returned to Long Island and cared for his elderly grandmother. Finances were tight, but upon his grandmother’s passing, Jeffrey was left without a permanent home for five years. He was fortunate to stay with friends for extended periods of time, but it was not a way to live comfortably. Jeffrey’s lifestyle was taxing on his mental... Read more
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Kristyne is an ambitious young woman who aspires to her future career as a neuropsychologist. As a United Way of Long Island DREAMS for Youth Scholarship recipient, she is working toward making her dream a reality.   Kristyne is an old soul, wise beyond her years. Although going through an extreme hardship in her life, she has continued to persist and work hard through her studies and volunteerism. As a survivor of abuse at the hands of a close family member, she was carrying a burden that no one at any age should carry. She didn't let this destroy her and ultimately found her voice. Kristyne... Read more
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
When Blair found YouthBuild Long Island, he was struggling to find a place for himself. At the age of 25, he had been volunteering with local organizations, trying to give back to his hometown of Uniondale, but wanted to do more. “I didn’t really know where I wanted to go in life,” he remembers. “Everything I was doing wasn’t totally fulfilling, I wanted to reach out and help people… that was my passion.”   When his father told him about YouthBuild, he recognized the rare opportunity that had been presented to him – the chance to change his life and be in a position to help others. It was the... Read more

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