CEO of Miracle Babies Foundation Melinda Cruz and the rest of the Miracle Runners have completed the world-famous New York marathon which took place on Sunday, November 2.
Earlier this month Melinda and the rest of the Miracle runners participated in the New York Marathon and raised money to help premature and sick newborn babies, their families and the hospitals that care for them.
The New York City Marathon has grown from a Central Park race with 55 finishers to the world’s biggest and most popular marathon.
The marathon has always been an exercise in community spirit, and that was especially true in November 2001, less than two months after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The race became a symbol of hope and renewal for participants, spectators, and all New Yorkers.
“Don’t expect him to be running marathons” – These were the words said to me by my babys’ doctor when discussing the longterm outcomes of his lungs due to being born 13 weeks early. As the doctor walked away, the nurse saw my devastation and said “do not put limitations on him – you be his champion!” That was almost 10 years ago and he may not be able to run a marathon – yet! – but I can and will, for him!” said Melinda.
The Miracle Runners had to go through the 5 boroughs of New York – Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan in the worst race weather conditions in 25 years. Raising more than $200,000 for the Foundation.
Despite the weather conditions Melinda had a fantastic time and was happy she took part in the marathon.
“It was literally like running through one big festival. The spectators and crowd absolutely made the event. I cant thank them enough in terms of the way that they supported us and called our names and said GO AUSTRALIA. It was absolutely amazing!” said Melinda.
Celebrated nation-wide, ‘‘Thank U NICU Day’’ was dedicated to thanking staff and acknowledgeing their hard work.
Melinda said the Thank U NICU Day event was a wonderful celebration for ‘‘miracle families’’.
‘‘Having a baby born too early or critically ill is devastating and the medical team care for our babies and parents in this time of need,’’ Mrs Cruz said.
‘‘We are all so thankful and would like to acknowledge and showcase their efforts on Thank U NICU Day.
Interview with Melinda Cruz: