Meet Team Catholic Charities NY Member Rebecca Egler

Posted on July 26, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Running the NYC Marathon to Ignore Her Asthma & Honor Her Grandma

Rebecca Egler at the Brooklyn Half Marathon

Team Catholic Charities NY runners are not only taking on the TCS NYC Marathon, considered the most important marathon in the world; they’re also raising funds to help Catholic Charities provide crucial help and hope for New Yorkers in need.

What motivates these hard chargers -- and how do they plan to accomplish two such big goals?  For team member Rebecca Egler it comes down to two reasons, overcoming asthma and honoring her grandmother. Let’s meet Rebecca now.


By Rebecca Egler

I am running my second marathon this year, but my first with Catholic Charities! 

As a lifelong asthmatic, running has only become a serious part of my life in the last few years, but  every run brings me physical, mental and emotional growth, and for that I am grateful and happy. 

When the opportunity to run on  Team Catholic Charities NY presented itself, I was extremely excited to be a member of a team with such a clear focus on good works for anyone in need.  

Catholic Charities has always been a part of my life as many members of my family are great supporters.  Last year, a few days before the Marathon, my family's matriarch, my Grandmother, passed away. 

Her life was remarkable for countless reasons, but one of the greatest was her boundless generosity, largely inspired by what I believe to be the greatest driver of Catholicism - good works.

 And while my G-ma would have never been caught in athletic gear, if I can mirror even a fraction of the energy she put into her good works, I will easily be able to finish 26.2 miles.  

To honor her memory, legacy, and to try just minutely live up to the active and beautiful standard she set for the rest of us, I am excited to run the TCS NYC Marathon this year in support of the good works done by  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY.   

Truth be told, I am having a hard time getting my training as good as it should be in this summer heat!  But I know with dedication I will get there. 

Thank you for your support and see you on Staten Island in November!

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