1st New York City Marathon
Ronnie is a member of this year’s Team Mission United, running and raising funds to support Long Island veterans in addition to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Due to the postponement of this year’s New York City Marathon, she will be participating in November’s virtual run hosted by United Way followed by running her first New York City Marathon set for 2021.
However, Ronnie is still committed to her primary goal of fundraising for neighbors in need. “I’m not one to start something and not finish. I’m committing to something big and I don’t want to give up. I want to show my daughter that it’s never too late to achieve major life goals.”
Ronnie feels particularly fortunate to have not been affected more severely by the current crisis. When she was dealing with the difficult aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, she found much unity and kindness within her community. “So many people donated for me. Being a recipient was overwhelming and humbling.” As a result, her Team Mission United fundraising campaign is an act of gratitude and recognition of the good in her community.
She says, “It’s easy to forget about issues when you’re not in it.” In partnership with United Way of Long Island, Ronnie wants to ensure we don’t forget the plight of both those affected by the pandemic, as well as the sacrifices made by our veterans. “You might not know how to help, but United Way knows how to mobilize these efforts.”
With many friends and family members who have returned from the military, Ronnie is aware of the struggle and sacrifice that comes with their service. “Veterans are often a forgotten group. They can’t be forgotten, especially those who are in the midst of struggling.”
We are grateful for Ronnie’s dedication to this cause.
“Never give up hope. There are always people who want to give.”
“Dig deep within your heart if you’ve been lucky throughout this. Any amount helps, don’t think it’s too little.”