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Meet our 2019 Marathon Team: Michael Santos

Michael Santos started running three years ago and has since then run two half marathons – one in Newport and one in Jersey City; the NYC Marathon will be his first ever full marathon. This year he will be running alongside Andrew Webber, another member of Team Answer the Call, as long as they are…

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Meet our 2019 Marathon Team: Matthew Rivers

The NYC Marathon will be Matthew Rivers’ seventh full marathon. In 2011, he was a police officer and starting running because of the Illinois Marathon – it ran through the city and he was tired of losing foot pursuits. Matthew wanted to be an asset to his department and not a liability so he trained…

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Meet our 2019 Marathon Team: Andrew Webber

Andrew Webber never loved running until it was taken away from him. Andrew played lacrosse through high school and college, and suffered an injury towards the end of his career and he needed four knee surgeries to recover. He was about 25 years old when he had the final surgery and he immediately committed to…

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Meet our 2019 Marathon Team: Adam Lublinsky

Adam Lublinsky is a Baltimore County Fire Fighter running for Team Answer the Call in his first NYC Marathon. When he was looking into a fundraising team for the marathon, he wanted something near and dear to him – something that he can wrap his heart around and support fully. Adam knows from personal experience…

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Meet our 2019 Marathon Team: Kirsten Sheridan

Although Kirsten Sheridan will have run six half marathons by November, this year’s NYC marathon will be her first ever full. In high school, she realized how much she enjoyed running by falling into playing soccer. She started running  in races with her cousin and did her first half marathon right before she graduated high…

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Meet our 2019 Marathon Team: Jennifer Deery

Jennifer Deery will be running in this year’s NYC Marathon alongside her brother, Patrick, for Team Answer the Call. The two will be running in memory of their father. He was a member of the FDNY and died in the line of duty on May 29, 1999. This will be the 20 year anniversary of…

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Day in the Life Program: Patrick Lyons at PwC

“Day in the Life” is our mentorship program where the teenage and young adult members of our families get to discover new possibilities for their future goals. Patrick Lyons is the son of FDNY Lieutenant Patrick J. Lyons, who lost his life in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. Patrick Jr. spent the…

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Day in the Life Program: Steven Sikorsky at Marvel Entertainment

“Day in the Life” is our mentorship program where the teenage and young adult members of our families get to discover new possibilities for their future goals. Steven Sikorsky is the son of New York Firefighter Gregory R. Sikorsky who lost his life in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. Steven spent the…

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Meet our 2019 Marathon Team: Katarina Markovina

Katarina Markovina ran her first marathon on October 30, 2018 in Suffolk County in just under four hours. Katarina ran in high school and then stopped, but her husband recently encouraged her to start up again. She used to smoke two packs of cigarettes per day for 20 years, but quit about 12 years ago….

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Meet our 2019 Marathon Team: Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips has been running since he was a young kid. He ran track & field in high school and all through his first year of college; normally as a sprinter focusing on the 110 meter hurdle, but he never tried long distance running – until now. This will be Peter’s first time running in…

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Recap: 35th Annual Game and Family Day

On June 5, 2019, the New York Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund welcomed almost one thousand families and community members to Citi Field for its 35th Annual Game and Family Day. Guests enjoyed balloons, cotton candy, games, food, and more in Bullpen Plaza before cheering on the Mets against the San Francisco…

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We Pledge to Never Forget FDNY Firefighter Christopher Slutman

We join New York City and our country in mourning the loss of Firefighter Christopher Slutman. This tragedy is a sad reminder of the dangers our first responders face while protecting us both locally and abroad. We send our deepest condolences to Firefighter Slutman‘s family, the families of the other service members who bravely served alongside him, and the entire FDNY…

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Meet our 2019 Half Marathon Team: Samantha Marrone

Samantha Marrone is no stranger to running and started as a cross country runner in middle school. From there she added winter track and it was only a matter of time before she picked up road races in college. She was always an active an athletic kid who enjoyed the competitive nature of pushing herself…

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Meet our 2019 Half Marathon Team: Brendan Dunn

Brendan Dunn started running with his father when he was just a kid; and now he’s running as a member of Team Answer the Call in the 2019 NYC United Half Marathon. This wouldn’t be the first time that he’s run for our organization as he’s also run the NYC marathon for Answer the Call…

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Meet our 2019 Half Marathon Team: Brittany Diamond

Brittany Diamond never really ran before signing up to be on Team Answer the Call for this year’s NYC United Half Marathon; as a matter of fact, she didn’t even start actually running until two days after she registered. In her own words, she’s not a runner at all, and her family and friends are…

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Meet our 2019 Half Marathon Team: Eileen Pape

Eileen Pape has never really considered herself a “runner”- even though she played sports all through high school and in college, running was never the goal. Over the last few years, she has been taking strides to get healthier and as a result running became the goal She decided she wanted to run in a…

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