VALHALLA, N.Y. -- This fall, six Westchester Medical Center Health Network employees from across the Hudson Valley will channel their fighting spirit in the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 6.
Jessica Velez starting running to relive stress, never dreaming it would lead to eight marathons, two ultramarathons and many half marathons.
“I simply found that exercising felt good, and I wanted to see how far I could push myself. My mantra became 'just one mile,' and that first mile has led to adventure, joy, significant stress relief and an impact on the people around me,’’ she said.
Now, the Hyde Park resident and clinical nurse specialist at Westchester Medical Center will use her training to support an important cause. As part of the WMC team running in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, she will be raising funds to support the hospital and her patients.
“Running in support of our patients at Westchester Medical Center adds a great deal of significance to the miles I spend training and creates a connection between my passion and my career,” said Velez.
Donations collected for each runner’s efforts will support essential programs and services in the local and regional hospitals the runners represent. To give, click here.