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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Richard & SonyaVetsBuild graduatesOccupation: Entrepreneurs Richard and his wife Sonya are ready to start the next chapter of their lives together.   Richard served 33 years as an Air Force Reservist in a variety of capacities, including a radiology specialist. Sonya is a military wife and mother. Now, the couple is preparing to start their own business in real estate.    The couple’s career goals have been in development for a number of... Read more
Thursday, August 22, 2019
JoshYouthBuild AlumniCollege Graduate, B.S. in Business Management Josh knows not to take anything he has in life for granted. He grew up in the foster care system with his twin and older brothers, and was eventually adopted into an already large family. He remembers with a smile, “The house was almost never quiet, with a lot of people always going in and out.”    While he did not know his father, Josh was in a supportive family environment. He... Read more
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... 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... 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... 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... Read more
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... 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... 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.... 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... Read more