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37th Annual Game & Family Day Recap

On Tuesday, June 28th, the N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund hosted our 37th Annual Game & Family Day at Citi Field! The families of our fallen first responder heroes enjoyed a carefree night at the ballpark cheering on the team of our late-founder, Daniel “Rusty” Staub – the New York Mets!     More than 800 members of our extended Answer…

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36th Annual Game & Family Day Recap

On June 23rd, 2021, the New York Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund welcomed beneficiaries and supporters from all over New York City to the 36th annual Mets Game, this time against the Atlanta Braves. After having to cancel the event last year due to COVID-19, we were so excited to be able to bring back…

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In Loving Memory of Cindy Rubino

The N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund mourns the passing of Cindy Rubino. Cindy was a generous supporter and a truly wonderful person. She will be greatly missed by everyone at our organization and by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her beloved husband, Rich,…

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Day in the Life: Sean Jordan with the 76ers

“Day in the Life” is Answer the Call’s mentorship program that allows teenage and young adult members of the families we serve, to discover new possibilities for their future goals. This year the program went virtual and participants had a video chat session with their mentors. Sean Jordan is the son of Andrew Brian Jordan…

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: John Marinan

John Marinan has always been a very active person and interested in sports. He has also always been a runner, but it was just last year when he started running competitively. With the goal of running six majors over the next six years, he is very excited to be running the New York City Marathon…

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan  is looking forward to running her first marathon as a member of team Answer the Call. Her running career dates back to her high school years, in which she was recruited to run track on her high school team while in her junior year since she was previously active her whole life in…

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy has been running on and off for nearly nine years, and in those nine years has run in 9 half marathons. Although he has never run in a full marathon before, it has always been a goal of his, and running in the iconic New York City Marathon is definitely a bucket list…

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: Frank Pizzo

Frank Pizzo is running his third marathon, second in NYC, and first as a member of the Answer the Call team.  In recent years, Frank has utilized running (and all other forms of exercise) as a means of fulfillment both physically and mentally, to always remember that pushing yourself to sweat is a privilege that…

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: Rhys Miles

Rhys Miles is very excited to be running his first ever marathon as a member of team Answer the Call. Rhys has always been very active. Playing basketball and other sports is a big part of his life, but he always thought running was boring. However, when Whitney Cavanaugh, a fellow teacher from the school…

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: Ruben Musto

Ruben Musto is very excited to be running in the New York City Marathon in November. Ruben first started running four years ago and hasn’t stopped since! Ruben started by running in long road race, and then started taking on even longer trail racing. He recently ran in the 2019 Oman by UTMB in which…

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: Patrick McCormick

Patrick McCormick is looking forward to running his first ever marathon as a member of team Answer the Call. Patrick previously played D1 lacrosse in college and wanted to continue being active after graduating. This is when Patrick developed a passion for running. Both his cousin and his godfather ran in the New York City…

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: Whitney Cavanagh

Whitney Cavanagh is very excited to be running her third ever marathon as a member of Team Answer the Call. The decision to run on behalf of Answer the Call came easy for Whitney, as she knows firsthand the fear that families of first responders live in as her husband is a Chicago police officer….

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: Mikaela Moschella

Mikaela Moschella is looking forward to running her first marathon as a member of team Answer the Call. Mikaela has previously run two half marathons, one last year and one in March. Although she previously ran track in high school, she only began running as an adult in the past few years. Despite bad knees…

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: Derek Rodriguez

As a former NYPD Officer, and current Miami Gardens Police Officer, Derek Rodriguez is very excited to be running on Team Answer the Call. In addition to helping people as a first responder, Derek helps people live healthier lives as a fitness coach. Derek started his fitness journey in 2015 when he joined a local…

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Meet Our 2020 TCS NYC Marathon Team: Candice Nagle

As the wife of a New York City firefighter, Candice Nagle is very honored to support Answer the Call while running in the NYC Marathon. Candice and her husband got married just six weeks before the 9/11 attacks. It was this tragedy that pushed her husband to join the first FDNY class after 9/11. As…

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On Sale Now: Masks to Benefit Families of Fallen NYC Heroes

Click here to purchase your “New York Takes Care of Its Own” cloth mask. These masks will be on sale for limited time only. Money raised will help the families of NYPD police officers, FDNY firefighters, FDNY EMTs, and PAPD police officers killed in the line of duty, including those succumbing to COVID-19. While we…

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Meet Our 2020 Half Marathon Team: Catherine McGuire

Catherine McGuire is looking forward to running her third NYC Half Marathon this year, and her first marathon as a member of Team Answer the Call. Catherine first started running in 2014 in preparation for her first marathon. She had always watched the marathon and admired those that took a part in it. In 2014…

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