In 2001, a teenage Danny Del Colle witnessed, along with the rest of the world, the collapse of the World Trade Center. He soon watched as schoolmates, just a year or two his seniors, headed off to war, some of whom returned injured, others who didn’t return at all. As the 12th anniversary of the worst domestic attack in US history approaches, the 28 year old Greenpoint native wants to give back to those who sacrificed so much, and is asking the neighborhood to help make it happen.
On November 3rd, Del Colle will run the NYC Marathon as a member of Team Hope for the Warriors, which is asking each runner to raise enough money to reach their $225,000 goal. “I’ve always wanted to run, since I watch it go by every year,” Del Colle said. “I figure I’d run for a charity that was more meaningful. I felt a direct connection to the people supported by [this organization].”
Hope for the Warriors’ mission is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty, their families and the families of the fallen. Del Colle’s responsibility is to raise $3,500 by October 18th. So far, he’s around halfway there.
In addition to Hope for the Warriors, Danny is dedicating his run to his grandmother, Delia Keniray, with whom he spent many years cheering on the runners at the Manhattan Avenue midpoint of the 26 mile race, and whose likeness is tattooed on his shoulder. His message to the community: “High five me when I run by.”
To contribute to Danny’s fundraising effort visit: http://www.crowdrise.com/hopeforthewarriorsnyc2013/fundraiser/danieldelcolle.