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Team Catholic Charities Races Across the Marathon Finish Line, Raises Key Funds for New Yorkers in Need

Monday, November 4th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Ed Gallagher of Team Catholic Charities

Congratulations, Team Catholic Charities, for successfully finishing the  ING New York City Marathon while raising crucial funds for New Yorkers in need!

First-time marathon runner and Leprechaun Transportation Group President Ed Gallagher came in first for Team Catholic Charities, crossing all five boroughs from Staten Island to Manhattan in just three hours and 42 minutes. He was followed by Jason Hamed, Joe Zenkus, Fr. Joseph Tyrrell, Thomas Carney, Julie Palombo, Jerome Prostasio and Ma Teresa Prostasio.

The runners raised $25,000 for Catholic Charities’ St. Nicholas Project to provide coats, blankets and other essential items during the winter months and year round.

The donations they made by soliciting supporters and sweating up and down city streets prove particularly crucial now as New Yorkers’ need grows while safety nets are cut. Congress slashed food stamp allotments by approximately 5-percent on Friday. In New York, more than 1 million elderly people or those with disabilities will feel the impact, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

To thank Team Catholic Charities runners for their hard-earned donations, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan met with Team Catholic Charities runners at a luncheon organized by one of Catholic Charities dedicated and generous trustees.

“I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the runners for running,” Msgr. Sullivan said on his blog.“I was also impressed that they were willing to reach out to their friends and family to ask for contributions to provide help for families in need through Catholic Charities.”

Thank you!

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Why I’m Running for Team Catholic Charities

Monday, October 28th, 2013

By Fr. Joseph Tyrrell 

My inspiration for running marathons?  Well it all began because my feet were killing me.  Seriously.

When I started serving as Master of Ceremonies at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 2008 I used to wonder how people can stand for so long.  And I noticed that one of my fellow priests – ten years my senior – was not complaining.

His trick, he ran, not much, just a little.

Well, I had always been into sports.  I pole vaulted, high jumped and played goalie for my high school hockey team and still bicycled and roller bladed in Central Park.  But, according to my aching feet, this clearly was not enough.  So, I started running for my health.

In December I started running and in January I began training for the New York City marathon.  I have now run in four marathons, three in New York and one in Phoenix.

As a pastor, I talk a lot about the importance of tithing, not just in treasure but in time and talent as well.    Tithing in treasure is easy to figure out.  I just donate ten-percent of my salary as a pastor. Donating time is easy to figure as well.  But figuring out how to donate my talent was tougher.  I finally realized that I could run for a good cause and tithe my talent.

For the past 4 years I ran to raise funds for the National MS Society.  A priest friend of mine struggles with Multiple Sclerosis.  I did a good job, too, raising over  $40,000 thanks to generous folks who supported my run.

This year, I chose Catholic Charities as the best way to tithe my talent.  Over the past 25 years I have worked closely with them, sending  numerous parishioners in crises to them for help.  I’ve seen firsthand the good  work Catholic Charities does helping children, those facing eviction and those needing support.

Moreover, thanks to Cardinal Dolan and a surprise encounter, witnessing him speed walking, I’m taking my training more seriously.  We were in Central Park, and here he comes, rosary in one hand, cigar in the other  and he passed me.

I realized I better start running faster.  Please wish me luck and support me and Team Catholic Charities in the upcoming NYC ING Marathon.

Thank you!

Help support Fr. Joseph Tyrells’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how: http://www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/josephtyrrell

My Family’s Faith Has Been Tested but Endured

Monday, September 30th, 2013

By Joe Zenkus

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

The Gospel of John Chapter 16 conveys the importance of sticking to your beliefs and living with and by those beliefs regardless of challenges you may face.

My family’s faith has been tested but endured. We lost three young family members while I grew up and we grieved together and then pushed on.

Two of the three may have been prevented; that is why I am running the NYC ING Marathon for the Team Catholic Charities to help potentially prevent other families from suffering such losses. In addition, I am running in memory of my cousins Marc P. Zenkus (1982-2000) & Shawn M. Hendrickson (1978-1998) who both were lost to early.

The Catholic Charities work to strengthen families through multiple services including preventative services for families struggling with substance abuse and other challenges. I am looking forward to raising money to help families receive counseling, recover and overcome substance abuse.

Personally, on November 3rd of this year, I look to overcoming 26.2 miles for the first time ever. Actually, I have never run more than 10 miles until this week! Now is my time of tribulation, but you will see me again at the finish line in Central Park after overcoming maybe not the world but at least New York.

Help support Joe’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how: http://www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/joezenkus

God, Family and Running; Why I’m Running for Team Catholic Charities

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

By Julie Palomba

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) And for that I am truly grateful for God has blessed me with a very full, wonderful life filled with more adventure, love and happiness than I could have ever imagined!

The deepest passions that fill my heart are simple: God, family and running. I see the second two as just an extension of the first.  They are the reasons I get out of bed in the morning. They are on my mind when I go to bed at night. These three passions are what you will find me talking about to anyone who will listen. Mathew 12:34 says: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. Wow; that is true for me as I am eager to talk to anyone about Jesus, my family and/ or running 24 hours a day.

I grew up in Detroit, lived around the country but now am settled in North Carolina. I was raised Catholic and have come to appreciate this fact more as I get older.  I love being a part of my parish and actively participate in their various ministries. It’s just awesome to feel God’s presence daily, respond to His call and feel it is never too late to grow as a Christian.

My family truly inspires me. I have been married 31 years and have five grown children. None of our children were really runners during high school or college but over the years each one has taken up the challenge of competitive running. We love getting together for running events!

I personally did not start running seriously until about four years ago.  Never being very athletic growing up, my first half marathon was a BIG accomplishment for me. I trained, prayed, trained some more and then God carried me through the last three miles of the last incline. Since then, I have been hooked.

I have lost count of the number of events I have completed but I cherish the moments more than the milestones. Each event has its own story but my favorite events are those that I run for charity or with my family. It makes me feel I am a part of something bigger than just myself.  Through all the pain, injuries and sometimes, even tears, I know it is all good!

“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Help support Julie’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how:  www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/juliepalombo

Honored to Run for Team Catholic Charities

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

By Dr. Jason Hamed

“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.”  1 Corinthians 7:17

I am honored to have the opportunity to run with Team Catholic Charities as it allows me to fulfill two purposes simultaneously. First, I get the opportunity to bring awareness to a group that does great things in our world and second, I am able to inspire my children and community to live a healthier lifestyle.

This year will mark the 12-year-anniversary of the passing of my father to cancer. This event could’ve been viewed as solely a tragic event.  Instead I have viewed this for the positives it has brought in my life. First and foremost, the illness of my father strengthened our family bond and deepened my relationship with Christ. Second, it motivated me to be a better doctor, educator and living example of how to implement healthy lifestyle choices in a not-so-healthy world.

My calling is to inspire and educate those around me to live to their fullest potential. My hope is that by living Godly principles my actions will allow others to see in themselves what is truly possible.

I am blessed to have an amazingly supportive wife, Whitney, and three beautiful children, Reese, Boston and Taylor. My wife and I are very active and enjoy triathlons and exercise in general and our children enjoy watching “Mommy and Daddy race.” As we have created solutions to managing a busy two-working-parent household, we our teach our patients how to easily implement exercise and proper nutrition into any busy lifestyle.

On a purely selfish note, I always thought it would be an amazing experience to run the New York City Marathon. I know it will be a day I will remember , as will my oldest daughter, as we will have a wonderful Daddy and Daughter “date weekend” in New York City. (She is already excited to see the Statue of Liberty).

Thank you to Team Catholic Charities for the work you do for those in need and thank you for the opportunity for me to experience an amazing event while fulfilling my life’s purpose.

God Bless.

Help support Jason’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how: www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/jasonhamed

My Run for Life.

Friday, September 13th, 2013

By Jerome Protasio

Many people ask why I’m running the 2013 NYC ING Marathon.

My reasons are many.  I’m over 50 years old and need help lowering my cholesterol.  Losing weight, of course, is an added bonus.  But what really ties it all together is the Marathon’s motto, “Run for Life.”

As a member of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL), I am committed to help strengthen families and fight for life.

I’ve run marathons in the past to support many causes.  These include providing shoes for needy children, saving mangroves and raising awareness on the evils of drug abuse.

But I am particularly interested in helping people with their temporal needs; feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, providing children and the elderly with the support they need.

I have been active with evangelization work for the Catholic Church for nearly 25 years.  I help run Christian Life seminars that assist participants in renewing our understanding of and God’s call to us as Christians.  Running for Catholic Charities whose mission is uphold the dignity of each person as made in the image of God by serving the basic needs of the poor, troubled, frail and oppressed of all religions, fits perfectly with my mission to evangelize.

It also fits just right with my urge to run in the NYC ING Marathon.

Help support Jerome’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how:http://www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/jeromeprotasio

Husband and Wife Team Up for Marathon Run

Friday, September 6th, 2013

By Ma Teresa Protasio

My husband, Jerome Protasio, and I are running for Team Catholic Charities in the NYC ING Marathon.

I started running seriously about three years ago. Running makes me healthier.  It has allowed me lots of bonding time with my husband as we run around the Philippines where we live and even in other countries such as in the upcoming NYC ING Marathon.

I’m a physician by profession and I advocate a healthy, active lifestyle for everyone I meet including my patients. This resolve became even stronger when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I knew I had to keep my body and mind healthy.

That’s why more than ten years ago I decided to find time to exercise regularly. I tried several fitness regimens, but it was running that captivated me. I found it challenging. Running gives me a certain “high”, relieves stress and keeps me alert. It tested my self-discipline and endurance level.

This time I will be running not only for my advocacy but to raise funds for the Catholic Charities of New York.  This charity’s mission is to provide a healthy environment for those in need. A perfect fit to my personal mission. This is my way of giving back to God for the gift of life and health.

Help support Ma Teresa’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how:http://www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/materesaprotasio

Riding Leprechaun Buses; Running for Team Catholic Charities

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

By Ed Gallagher

Many lives have been forever changed and even destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. It heightened my resolve to live life more fully and not procrastinate on my dreams and goals. These two devastating events, one natural, one man made, exemplified the dichotomy of life:  Life is truly fragile, but it is also amazingly resilient for those that survive.

I have never run a marathon, but it has always been on my “bucket list”. I figured I’d better do it sooner than later as I know it won’t get any easier as each year passes.

I grew up as a competitive swimmer, starting at age 5. I started running cross country in high school to get in shape for the winter swim season. I instantly fell in love with many aspects of running; the challenge both mental and physical, the solitude of training and camaraderie of race day. It gives me time to think about issues at work and home, put life into perspective and be a better husband, father, friend and employer.

I stopped running for many years as I got involved with family business and started a family. I am president of The Leprechaun Transportation Group, a small group of passenger transportation companies providing school bus, transit, commuter and charter motor coach service in the Hudson Valley and beyond. It is a third-generation family-owned enterprise started by my grandfather in 1934. My hope is that it becomes a fourth-generation family business.

My wife, Mary Jane, and I live with our four children; Katie, 15, Caroline 14, Eddie, 12, and Joseph, 9, in Montgomery, NY.  We are members of Most Precious Blood parish and our kids have attended this parish school.

I began running again a few years ago to be able to keep up with my kids, lose my “spare tire” and be fit mentally and physically.

Meanwhile, several years ago Sr. Joann Dress, CEO of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, approached me to become a board member. I agreed with little understanding of the full extent of their work.  From day one, I have been thoroughly impressed with the board’s and staff’s dedication, passion, focus and operational efficiencies of this organization. They touch so many lives in this community.  You can’t help but be drawn to help with their mission.

Running as a member of Team Catholic Charities allows me to fulfill a personal goal while also fulfilling a charitable goal.

I truly appreciate this opportunity.

Help support Ed’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how: www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/edgallagher

Why I’m Running the NYC ING Marathon with Team Catholic Charities

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

By THOMAS S. CARNEY, Major, New York Air National Guard

I‘m delighted to represent Team Catholic Charities NY Archdiocese for the 2013 NYC Marathon. I’ve been a competitive marathon runner for over 35 years, having run my first marathon at the age of 19 at the 1978 Boston Marathon. I’ve covered a total of 88 marathons as of June 2 of this year (2013), which have included 40 of the 50 US states plus Washington, DC. My ultimate goal is to compete in all 50 states as well as several Canadian provinces and perhaps one overseas marathon. I’ve also run a total of 5 ultra-marathons (more than 26.2 miles), which included four 50-K runs (31 miles) and one 50-miler. I also compete as a triathlete.

I began competitive running while in high school (cross country and track) and found that it gave me a competitive boost in other sports (such as basketball and bike riding). Over the years, I’ve belonged to several different running/triathlete clubs and have always enjoyed the camaraderie that goes along with such an association. I’ve found running to be a way of life (even though I’m not logging as many miles as I did in my early years) and still enjoy both the physical and mental benefits that come with all around fitness. It’s also helped me maintain perfect fitness test scores and deal with stressful situations throughout my military career.

Among all charitable organizations, I’ve always espoused the values and good work that Catholic Charities have provided for countless thousands of people throughout all dioceses and archdioceses nationwide. As a lifelong Catholic and 20+ year member of the Knights of Columbus, I’ve always felt that Catholic Charities and other social organizations associated with our faith have provided a channel by which we can live and practice our faith through charitable good works; I also believe it to be equally important that such charitable good work benefits those of all religious backgrounds, not just Catholics. Thus, I’m proud to be part of this year’s team.

 

If you would like to help support Tom’s ING NYC Marathon campaign,  please send your donations here:  www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/thomascarney1