Above: Haley enjoying an evening at Camp Felix with campers.
Each year, runners volunteer to run the TCS New York City Marathon on behalf of The Foundling and raise money for our programs and services ahead of their 26.2-mile race. For 2017, there are five runners joining The New York Foundling’s official team.
Meet Haley, one of our teammates and chair of our Junior Board! Haley lives in Manhattan and dedicates her spare time promoting and uplifting The Foundling and its mission. Learn more about her motivations to run for Team Foundling in this year’s marathon.
Q: When did you begin running as a sport or hobby, and why do you enjoy it?
A: I began running as a hobby in high school and my commitment to it has definitely been a little of a rollercoaster over the years since. But recently, I realized what a positive impact it has on my brain chemistry, giving me a boost when enjoying the “time to think” on my long runs, and now I am hooked again!
Q: How long have you been training for this year’s marathon?
A: I began training back in February to run my first half marathon at the end of April and maintained my training in order to begin a more rigorous schedule for the marathon in June.
Q: What motivated you to run for The New York Foundling’s team in the TCS Marathon?
A: This is my first marathon and I’m excited for the chance to run in support of my favorite organization.
Q: What makes you passionate about The New York Foundling’s cause? Why do you want to support it?
A: I am passionate about how we care for our city’s foster care kids and youth, and The Foundling is exemplary when it comes to helping them through many stages of the journey. I want to continue to support the Foundling’s mission in this way through my marathon fundraising.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about this year’s race?
A: The overall experience of being part of the TCS Marathon in this incredible city I call home.
Q: Why would you encourage others to support you in this race?
A: I would encourage others to support me because they are contributing to an organization that makes a significant impact in the lives of our city’s foster care kids. As these kids journey through foster care, they deserve they support of as many people as possible to fill the gaps where their biological family might not be present. I would ask others to support me so we can better support them!
Please support Haley in the marathon, happening Nov. 5, 2017! By doing so, you’re also helping us aid 30,000 kids and families in need of support services in NYC. Donate to Team Founding here.
The New York Foundling is an official charity partner with the TCS New York City Marathon. Meet the rest of our team below: