I choose to run NYC with Herren Project because I lost my son, Thomas, to suicide on March 22, 2020. His 25th birthday is November 4th, the day before the NYC Marathon. Thomas was also born in New York outside Fort Drum. When I lost him, I was in a particularly vulnerable spot having only 30 days sober coming off a relapse and finishing inpatient PTSD treatment at the Coatesville VA. Herren Project and my amazing teammates saved my life by being there for me throughout and still continue to be there every day for me. There is no other place or group of people I would want to be with that weekend to honor my son. Herren Project is an important part of my recovery and I can still remember the day Thomas told me he was proud of me for getting sober.