Hello Friends and Family,
As we approach marathon season, I will have the great honor of running two of the world's greatest marathons, Berlin on September 29, 2019 and my 7th NYC Marathon on November 2, 2019, I have decided to support a great cause and a dear friend. I met Amy a few years ago and was instantly inspired by her story. I promised her that one day I would run for her charity as it is a cause that hits so close to home. I ran for Team Andi in 2018, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only did I get to train with Amy and the amazing team, but I was also able to fundraise for such an incredible cause. Here is Amy's story:
My daughter Andi was born 10 weeks early weighing just over 2 pounds. She lived in Mount Sinai Hospitals NICU facility for almost 3 months. I brought Andi into this world, the NICU staff brought Andi to life. Not being able to bond with her in privacy and having to leave her nightly was really difficult and heartbreaking. I missed her first bath and diaper change; I didn't know what each of her different cries were trying to tell me. When I brought home Andi as an infant, I missed being able to really connect with her right from birth. I was also petrified of her. I think it is very important for both the parents and their at-risk newborn to have as much bonding time together as possible. I took my passion for running and combined it with my gratitude toward Mount Sinai's NICU and created TEAM ANDI. Since we started in 2014, we have created our first TEAM ANDI private room that can hold one family. We hope to create many rooms for future NICU parents to live with their newborns, hear them cry, smell them, hold them whenever they want, bathe them and be their 24/7 all within the support of the NICU staff.
Thank you so much for your love and support