By Ana M. Cafengiu, DPM
I would be honored to represent Catholic Charities in running this year’s NYC marathon.
Running for me has been a great source of joy, a way to stay fit, and a way to form long-lasting relationships with others. Running has helped me throughout difficult times of my life, as well as through my medical training to become a sports-medicine podiatrist. It has opened doors with others where there would be no other common bond. Running is an integral part of my life. A race such as the marathon brings together people from all walks of life, and different faiths for one common goal to run to the best of their ability towards the finish line.
I believe that Catholic Charities, through their tremendous efforts, strive to provide for others in their time of need, regardless of their faith or their place in life. They have a unified goal, to “provide help and create hope.” To provide for others in their time of need is one of the greatest acts of love. As refreshing as a cool cup of water, held out by a stranger, to a parched runner at mile 22 of a marathon is how refreshing it is to be comforted and provided for by others in the time you need it most. This is what catholic charities does on a daily basis. This is why I desire to be a part of their team.
As it is written, “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” (Romans 10:15). I desire to use my feet to represent and bring the good news of help and hope that Catholic Charities has to offer to the people of New York City. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of something greater than myself.
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