Running with a heavy heart

Posted at: 11/02/2012 5:07 PM
Updated at: 11/02/2012 6:22 PM
By: Robin De Wind

She is in en route as and she has heard all the controversy surrounding this year's marathon. Clueless, insensitive, and tone deaf, all words from angry New Yorkers Friday describing New York Mayor Bloomberg and his decision to up until late Friday afternoon was to  run the New York City Marathon.

The race has polarized people across the country. Many people saying the race needed to be called off, so police can focus on those who are still in desperate need help.

A Brighton woman says she was willing to run, not for her self,  but for millions of others. Wendy Abbott  of Brighton has run in 12 marathons, Sunday would have been 13. She says he was willing to run in the  New York City Marathon but was going to do so with a heavy heart.

After seeing the pictures from New York, she wondered if the city would recover in time for the race. Recovery is something Wendy Abbott know a little bit about.  Abbott suffered a stroke two years ago at the age of 37. She was going to run this weekend to give hope for other stroke victims.

Wendy Abbott said, “I  feel I've spent so much time fundraising it's a cause I felt so strongly about. I don't want to let those people down. It's a 14 month journey from the day I had my stroke this weekend I want to see it out. I want to be there to support NY and now I can.”
Mayor Bloomberg  released  a statement saying the race was canceled but maintains that the event would not diverted needed resources. He chose to cancel it because he did not want a cloud hanging over the race that has been so important to this city.

The race brings in an estimate $340 million to the city. New york Road Runners, which operates the event, was donating $1 million to the NYC fund. More than $1.5 million in pledges has already been secured from sponsors.

Abbott is enroute to the airport. She is still going to NY and planning to volunteer her weekend in the relief effort.

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