Stories - Team Mission United

Jen Modica, Runner
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Jen 2nd New York City Marathon Teacher, Kings Park Central School District As a dedicated member of Team Mission United, Jen, who has already exceeded her fundraising efforts, will be participating not only in the virtual run hosted by United Way of Long Island in 2020, but also in the New York City Marathon set for 2021. Funds raised will support members of the Long Island community, including veterans and those most affected by the health crisis.  With the aftermath of the COVID-19 onset, Jen has faced her own share of complications throughout this time as her family faced a frightening…
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
2nd New York City MarathonInsurance Agent Rockville Centre resident Michele, who participated in Team Mission United in 2018, raised over $10,000 despite struggling with an ankle injury. She joins Team Mission United for 2019 because she knows the importance of this cause, and how vital it is to spread the word about and support those who protect our country. “I have such an appreciation for those who serve,” said Michele. “I want to raise awareness and funds to provide services for those who served for us. They had the courage to do something I never could, so anything I can do to give back…
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 took to running 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 motivated.   Thomas served in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade as a helicopter crew chief…
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 soldiers’ perspective, he was…
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…
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…
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
27 Marathons Completed28th New York City MarathonElementary School 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, in which was recently promoted to Principal.   This year…
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
In 2009 when Shayne was only 18, his father passed away from cancer. In the midst of his mourning the loss of his dad, he found himself watching a documentary about three men who ran across the Sahara Desert and feeling a sudden sense of self. It was that moment that Shayne decided he was meant to be part of the running world, even though he had never run a race in his life. “I just knew that I wanted to train for an ultra-marathon after watching that movie. A voice in my head said “this is what you need to do,” recalled Shayne. “It was a Wednesday, I went to the running store and told them…
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
For Sean, choosing to be part of United Way of Long Island’s Team Mission United was one of the easiest decisions he’s made in his life. Not only is he involved with United Way of Long Island by helping to lead the employee giving campaign for his employer, Enterprise Rent A Car, he also already runs a number of races that benefit veterans. Best of all, he has the perfect person to cheer him on – his fiancé Kathy who was part of Team Mission United two years ago! In just three years of running, the sport has completely changed Sean’s life. “Four years ago I was overweight, living such an…
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
For Lora to find inspiration, she doesn’t have to look far. Her daily motivator is her 10-year-old daughter Ava who has developmental special needs. “My daughter inspires me, because I see how many challenges she faces every day. Her learning disability affects every aspect of her life. Things that come naturally to other kids, she has to be taught how to do. But, she wakes up and goes to sleep every day with a smile on her face. Her attitude inspires me, and her determination,” said Lora.     After beginning her running career in her early 20s, Lora completed her first marathon at 25 years…