Nov 2, 2012 ~ hate me for other reasons, NOT this
Wow. It’s been a weird day here at KRZ. This morning we were on the air talking about how I’m running the NYC Marathon this Sunday. What started as a light-hearted conversation apparently turned into “Please call and say mean things to Lissa because she obviously doesn’t care about hurricane victims.”
I got nasty comments on Facebook and I’m still getting hateful emails because a lot of people don’t think we should be doing this race. Lemme just get one thing off my chest: I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD BE DOING THIS RACE EITHER! I don’t agree with Bloomberg’s decision - he should’ve postponed the marathon. But that wasn’t my call. The way I see it, I’ve got two options: I can stay home or I can go. There are dozens of patients at Allied Health Services (two special little girls in particular) who believe in me and want me to run for them and I’m NOT letting them down. I gave my word to do this and I’m gonna do it!
It might interest some of the hate-spewers to know that my entire team has shifted our efforts to raising funds for hurricane victims ever since the tragedy – we’ve got at least $3,200 from Allied going straight to the victims, and that’s NOT taking anything away from funds already raised for Allied patients. That’s additional. Our running team is also bringing clothing to be donated to the victims.
I personally have been running gas, water, food, supplies, etc to Jersey this week, and helping our local Red Cross. My younger brother in Jersey STILL has no power or utilities. His girlfriend (who I also consider family) lives on Long Island, and her area’s terrible. Same for my older brother, his wife, and my little nephew Benjamin who live in Connecticut. I’ll continue to help my family and I’ll continue to help the victims HOWEVER I CAN. I get it. But skipping the race and neglecting people at Allied would help no one. I think hateful emails would be better directed to Mr. Bloomberg and not some chick at a radio station who's just trying to follow through on a promise. I can participate in the marathon AND help hurricane victims.
I pray everyone has a blessed weekend. And for those who supported me with messages of love and encouragement – THANK YOU! Bloomberg’s decision, although I don’t agree with it, means I run on Sunday. And here’s two of the biggest reason’s why…would YOU wanna explain to these two beautiful little girls why Lissa didn't keep her promise to run for them, and why it was more important for me to stay home and "make a point"? No way.
Aubrey, Me, and Kara - Allied Health Services helps them every day.
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Tags : Locations : Connecticut, East CoastPeople : Benjamin