Choosing to run a marathon is no small “feet.” All puns aside, each of our six runners has an amazing story to tell. Discover how they decided to run 26.2 miles for our girls and help them reach their fundraising goal of $15,000 as a group!
Matt Gallo says…“It’s always been a dream of mine to run in the New York City Marathon. I have run 26.2 miles before, but never anything like this. More Than Me is giving me this awesome opportunity. What’s great about this race is the millions of dollars raised for big charitable and non-profit organizations. However, it’s easy to overlook the little guys. I’ve decided to work with More than Me because I believe that working this group would allow me to contribute more directly and see how I’m helping. I’ll be running a short 26.2 miles across the 5 boroughs or New York City. Every step, every cramp, every bead of sweat and blister and smile will be making something happen. 100% of the funds raised will help give these girls the education and quality of life they deserve. I am proud to be serving as a role model and inspiration to people in need.” Help Matt make something BIG happen.
A father-daughter kind of story. Katelyn and Richard Ducote came all the way from Georgia to run the ING NYC Marathon. They ran the marathon because it was an opportunity to spend time together doing something they both enjoy. Richard’s niece, Katie Borghese (one of our amazing board members), introduced them to More Than Me and how the foundation helps young women avoid a life of misery through education. “Running for MTM is a blessing,” Richard said. Katelyn and Richard finished the race together at 4:32:34. Now’s your chance to congratulate them! Help Katelyn and Richard make their race count even more.
This is Katherine Galloway. “I live in Bernardsville, NJ. I am married and have two children, Mikey(8) and Gracie(4). My family has been wonderfully supportive as I trained for this race. I have not run a full marathon in 10 years! I am super excited about running in NYC and so happy to be doing it for More Than Me. I was a high school math teacher before I had Gracie and I miss being in the classroom. Seeing the pictures of the girls in class at the More Than Me Academy makes me so happy. I am proud to be helping this amazing organization!” Get Katherine to her fundraising finish line today!
When Allie Hoffman saw Katie post a call for runners on her Facebook page, Allie, a friend of Katie’s, knew she had to do it. “I thought this would be a really good motivation for pushing me over the edge and finally surpassing everything I thought was possible,” Allie said. Allie also just turned 30 and is using her birthday as a way to fundraise for the marathon. Allie finished at 4:22:11 – way to go! Help Allie make her 30th birthday count.
Stefanie is a long-time supporter of MTM and was invited by MTM to run! She is also an avid athlete. Just one week earlier, she ran the Marine Corps Marathon. Stephanie’s passion goes deeper than the physical training she endures. Her passion is centered on spreading awareness about girls like Agnes and Beatrice to as many people as possible. Stephanie dreams of coming to Liberia one day to teach the girls photography and make a book out of their photos. The book’s proceeds would go back to More Than Me, the girls would have a new skill, and their photos would be seen around the world. Make Stephanie’s dreams a reality today!