Every child needs a champion, so I'm running 26.2 miles for Read Ahead (next November, fingers crossed)
2020 was going to be the year I finally ran the NYC Marathon to celebrate my 60th birthday by embracing all 5 boroughs of the city I love. The plan was to run with my daughter, Anna, and my niece, Lilla, to support Read Ahead, an amazing organization that matches NYC school children with mentors to read and grow together.
I am so proud of Lilla's work with Read Ahead, a not-for-profit that pairs over 1,000 New York City public school children with caring mentors who can help them develop the social-emotional skills essential for academic and life-long success. Read Ahead’s vision is that our students have the opportunity to unlock their full potential through mentoring relationships based on a love of reading.
Though the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon has been postponed, Lilla's work at Read Ahead continues and the need is even greater now, with the tremendous disruption of school schedules, learning routines and family life caused by the crises of this extraordinary year. Children need positive adult role models to thrive. Young people who are mentored are more likely to have better school attendance and participation, to develop the motivation and skills they need for success in school and in life, and to enroll in college.
Next year, I'll run the marathon at 60+1. This year, I am raising funds on behalf of Read Ahead so that more students can have the opportunity to be mentored, especially now.
I know that those of us who are lucky enough to have what we need are all digging deep this year to give to the many causes that deserve our support. If you can dig a little deeper, please consider making a contribution to help support the great work of Read Ahead.
Next year, I hope to run with Lilla and Anna. This year, we'll cheer for the kids and their mentors.