Makor 5K: Where Giving Meets Fitness

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Supporting Makor with Labor Day run

To cap off the summer, Makor Disability Services sponsored its first 5K run on Labor Day as part of NYC Runs Series. It was a perfect sunny morning as the waters of the East River provided an idyllic backdrop for the hundreds of runners who participate in the 5K run. Team Makor boasted over 50 runners of all ages from around the metropolitan area, who ran to show their support for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities cared for in Makor DS residences and programs.

At 8:30 a.m. the runners started from Firefighters Field on Roosevelt Island and began the 3.2-mile run around the island. They were greeted by large crowds and Makor well-wishers till they reached the finish line. The runners, many of whom are residents with disabilities, expressed tremendous satisfaction in being able to achieve a monumental goal of participating and finishing the race. Thanks to an anonymous donor and friend of the agency who backed each runner with a $180 sponsorship, they reached their goal, which is always to provide support and assistance for special residents.

Elliot Brownstein, associate director of Makor DS, who completed the race, was exhilarated from the run but more so because of “the focus of generating awareness for Makor DS, developing sponsorship, and growing fundraising by a new group of young leaders.”

Makor Disability Services (until recently known as Women’s League Community Residences) was founded in 1978. It’s a lifespan service organization meeting the residential, therapeutic, social, medical, developmental, and spiritual needs of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Proceeds of the race will benefit the Makor Patient Advocacy Program, which provides one-on-one care when one of the residents is hospitalized. For more information on how you can get involved in Makor’s mission, call Carol Sufian at 718-853-0900 or e‑mail csufian@makords.org.

Everyone who participated can’t wait for next year’s race—so start training now! 

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