Athletes Trek 75 Miles to 9/11 Memorial, Raise Money for Children of 9/11 Victims

Eva Casale and Michael Roesch pose beside the Survivor Tree at the 9/11 Memorial.
Eva Casale and Michael Roesch on the 9/11 Memorial plaza. Photo courtesy of Tuesday’s Children.

Two New York athletes battled the late summer heat to participate in a 75-mile expedition to raise money for the children of 9/11 victims.

Long-distance runner Eva Casale and former Air Force veteran Michael Roesch traveled from Manhasset, NY to the 9/11 Memorial on Sunday, laying wreaths at memorials in Long island, Brooklyn and Staten Island along the way.

The 75-mile trek, dubbed the “Footsteps for 15,” took place to honor the memory of the victims of Sept. 11 and to raise funds for Tuesday’s Children. The athletes raised $4,000 for the charity which “supports youth, families, and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss,” according to their website.

Casale ran the 75-mile course to downtown Manhattan while her counterpart, Roesch, rode a hand-pedaled bicycle.

“The first responders — firefighters and (the) police department and EMTs — were the first ones in the war against terrorism, and for me it’s important not to forget that,” Roesch told the New York Daily News.

“Just seeing all those that were lost and keeping that in our hearts was keeping us going,” Casale told the Daily News.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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