Shawn's 40th Birthday Marathon and $40 Charity Fundraiser

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The New Jersey Marathon

Oceanport, NJ 07757

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“The credit belongs to the [person] who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again…but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

- Teddy Roosevelt

On April 30, 2017, I will honor my 40th birthday* by running in the full New Jersey Marathon (26.2 miles!). I have chosen to celebrate this milestone by raising money and awareness for four incredible charities who each epitomize Roosevelt's statement. I'm hoping you will join me in the celebration by donating $40 (or what you can) to any combination of the charities I have selected:

Achilles International

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City

Give to one charity or divide up your donation. It is up to you! 100% of donations received will be given to the charity(ies) of your choice. Simply click on the "register" button to the right to view the mission statements of each of these organizations and help make a difference.

Thank you so very much for helping me to celebrate this milestone birthday by joining hands and helping each of these groups who "dare greatly."

*Actual birthday - June 2 - Hey, it's pretty close.

Charity Mission Statements

Achilles International - The mission of Achilles International is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement. While the programs focus on running, the truth is, running is simply the tool for accomplishing the main objective: to bring hope, inspiration, and the joys of achievement to all.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) - The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City - Currently there are 508,503 children living at or below the poverty level in New York City. 43% of children in New York City are from single-parent families. Every year, BBBS of NYC connects more than 5,000 of these kids with a “Big” who can help them believe that their present situation doesn’t have to be their future.

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