Each of us, in our own way, has a connection to 9/11 and its aftermath, and that includes me. I was just 10 years old when I lost my dad/my hero Lt. Joseph G. Leavey on 9/11. His firehouse, Engine 4/Ladder 15, was one of the first to arrive at the World Trade Center on September 11,2001. He, along with 13 other firefighters, were killed when the South Tower collapsed. As a Co-Founder of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Visionary Network, I am hopeful that people can continue to learn about the heroism of my dad and the many other first responders who lost their lives to help save others on that day through the work of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
The events of September 11, 2001 changed my life forever and it is incredible to think nearly twenty years have passed since that awful day. Today, as our community heals from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded how resilient New Yorkers are. Just as the city remembered and rebuilt after 9/11, we will do so again, and come out stronger while never forgetting that we got through our worst days together.
On April 25, I’ll be running and walking together with thousands of others from across the country to support the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. This year it is even more important to participate as our city, state, country and communities around the globe recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The goal of this year's run and walk is to collectively log 20,000 miles as we remember all those killed on 9/11 and honor the courageous first responders who ran toward danger to save others. I'm running as part of Team Visionary Network and I hope you'll join me and thousands of others as we honor their sacrifice and are reminded about how our community came together in unity on September 12, 2001.
Please consider making a donation to help me reach my fundraising goal – it’s secure and easy to do, right here on this website. Every dollar donated directly supports the essential mission of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and ensures that a new generation, and those still to come, never forget.