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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!

Learn more about our runners and show your support.

Volunteer for Catholic Charities and Live Longer. Seriously.

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours per year decrease their risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure, by 40 percent. The study, published by the American Psychological Association’s Psychology and Aging journal, suggests that volunteer work may be an effective non-pharmaceutical option to help prevent the condition. Hypertension affects an estimated 65 million Americans and is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

So, once again, Catholic Charities is here for you.  When it comes to volunteer opportunities, you name it; we’ve got it.  From coaching a basketball game, to painting a mural, to running the ING NYC Marathon, our cup runneth over with ways you can help.  And ways to extend your life!

Find a volunteer opportunity just right for you.

“God Bless Ya”: Reflecting on the Privilege of Running the ING NYC Marathon

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Christine Keith, right, is ready to run the 2012 ING NYC Marathon alongside her friend and cancer survivor, left.

By Christine Keith

When you tell someone you’re planning to run a marathon, their reaction usually approximates one I heard today. It was from a doctor I was seeing to get the medical go-ahead to start my grueling training program for the 2012 ING New York City marathon. “God bless ya,” she said, and shook her head.

I understand that reaction well, because it’s one I was accustomed to giving friends who’ve told me they were going to take on the 26.2 mile run, a physical challenge I’ve always considered somewhere between extreme and insane. So what’s changed for me? Well, glad you asked.

1) I’ve gone half way. In February 2011, I went to an informational meeting at work hosted by Team in Training, a wonderful organization that trains people for an endurance event while they raise money for cancer research. Full disclosure: I only attended the meeting for the free pizza and had never run more than a few miles at a time. But I walked out signed up for my first half marathon, and after months of pushing myself physically and mentally, successfully ran 13.1 miles. It was among the hardest things I’ve ever done, and, when I crossed the finish line exhausted, I would’ve sworn to you I couldn’t run a single step farther. And on November 4th, it won’t be one step. It’ll be twice as many.

2) You can take the girl out of New York… I may have moved 900 miles away from New York last fall for a professional opportunity, but there were a few things I couldn’t fit in the U-Haul. Like the amazing friends I’ve accumulated since kindergarten who all live in Manhattan, my supportive family, and the energizing, fascinating, dynamic spirit of the City most notorious for its insomnia. While I lived there, I spent two years as the co-chair of the Catholic Charities Junior Board, so the ability to support its mission from afar by participating on its inaugural marathon team is one I welcome. On race day, it’ll be all those associations with my former home that propel me forward while I experience every part of it like I never have: by foot.

3) I made plans with a friend that day. During training for my half marathon last year, I became close friends with Katie, a seemingly normal (but exceptionally cool!) girl also running her first half marathon. We bonded over that experience before I found out that she herself was a two-time cancer survivor, giving added significance to the fact that we were running for an organization that raises money for cancer research. So when Katie set her sights on completing the NYC marathon this year and asked me to run with her, I told her that, while I fully supported her, I didn’t think I could do it. But then I realized something.

4) I can do it. Or, more accurately, I can try. Thanks to friends like Katie, and my family, and just under three decades of proving myself wrong when I didn’t think I could do something, I have enough reserves of support and inspiration to hopefully carry me through all five boroughs, and roughly five hours of my first New York City marathon. I know 2012 is the right year to do it for many reasons. The year it makes sense to go from spectating on 1st Avenue to hoofing it on the first Sunday morning in November. The year that I have the health and inspiration and free time (upside to moving to a city where you have no friends!), that I can attempt to knock this very daunting experience off my life list, all while raising money for Catholic Charities’ incredibly worthy mission of answering the desperate needs of so many in my former home city.

So to my doctor (who, incidentally, gave me a clean bill of health for training), I guess I should say, you’re absolutely right, God did bless me. And that’s exactly why, when I run the marathon in four months, I will consider every mile – from the thrilling first on the Verrazano to the brutal 26th in Central Park – an extraordinary privilege.



From a Very Long Walk to a Very Long Run: Meet Maria, Marathon Runner for Team Catholic Charities NY

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Maria Ines Galvez walking "El Camino de Santiago," the legendary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

Maria Ines Galvez is no stranger to tests of physical and spiritual endurance. Every January, she plans  a personal goal and dedicates her year to pursuing it — challenging work that usually involves going far outside her comfort zone.

In 2010, the year she dedicated to gratitude and thanksgiving, she decided to walk “El Camino de Santiago,” the legendary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.  She knew that this physical challenge would be spiritually fulfilling and would also allow her to show gratitude to God. “Every night, in every town, there was a special pilgrims’ mass. I tried to make it to mass each night, no matter where I was,” said Galvez.

This past January, Galvez committed herself to charity towards those in need. She was trying to find the best way to do this when her running partner, Father Joseph Tyrrell of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, suggested she run the ING New York City Marathon for Catholic Charities New York.

“It all started with Fr. Joe,” said Galvez. “He was my inspiration. I thought, if he could run the marathon, so could I.”

By running with Team Catholic Charities NY, Galvez is working toward her 2012 commitment by raising $5,000 in support of the St. Nicholas Project, a Catholic Charities initiative that provides critical social services and charitable support to New York families in need.

“Training for the ING NYC Marathon has become a life-changing event  for me, not only physically but spiritually as well,” said Galvez. “It is very grueling, but when I feel tired and want to stop, I think about the commitment I’ve made to those who will be benefiting from my fundraising for this race.”

So what does Galvez say is harder – walking the Camino de Santiago, or training for the NYC Marathon?

“The Camino is harder,” said Galvez. “When you’re on the pilgrimage, if you don’t cover enough miles in the day, you won’t be able to find a place to sleep. There are rural houses along the route that take in pilgrims, but they are only accessible at certain intervals – and sometimes, all the beds are full.”

Maria Ines works at BBVA S.A. as an analyst in the Structured Trade Finance Team.