Our Concern New York Marathon Heroes

October 11, 2018
Written by Ashling O'Malley

Meet three extraordinary members of #TeamConcern who are ready and willing to take on the New York City Marathon to raise some cash for Concern Worldwide.

This Sunday, people from all around the world will lace up their sneakers to run the New York City Marathon. More than 50,000 people run the marathon every year with the support of 10,000 volunteers. Over 2.5 million spectators line the course through New York City’s five boroughs – from Staten Island through Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan.

Twelve brave souls are running 26.2 miles on behalf of Concern Worldwide. Team Concern’s ambitious fundraising goal is $45,000, which will directly support Concern’s life-saving and life-changing work in the world’s poorest countries.

Our runners come from all different walks of life, but what ties them together is their passion for touching the lives of the most in-need families around the globe.

Larry Carroll – the newbie

Larry and his wife, Courtney, at the Concern Spring Run in Central Park.

This is Larry’s first full marathon. His dad, Aiden, passed away from Sepsis last year, having been paralyzed for the last year of his life, and what better way to honor him than by moving and doing the things his father would have wanted to do.

“My Dad loved New York City and his spirit will be running with me through those streets.”

When Larry moved to New York, both he and his wife Courtney became deeply involved with Concern and are regulars at Concern events. “Some of the best memories my wife and I have in New York have been with Concern.”

A commercial real estate professional in the city, Larry started his training schedule with 3-4 mile runs, working his way up to 18-19 miles on weekends. His mom is flying over from Ireland, and friends and family are going to be cheering him on from the sidelines at mile 17, in memory of his dad’s passing.

To support our newbie Larry, click here to donate.

Rosemary Dooley – the pro

Rosie greeting the Concern cheering party last year in Brooklyn.

Rosie has run the New York Marathon 12 times to support Concern Worldwide.

From Ireland’s County Kildare, she moved to New York in 1998, and helped establish the law firm of McCormick and Dooley. After watching a friend complete the marathon in 2001, she was inspired to give it a try. So she contacted Concern and started her running streak the following year.

“New York is a different place on Marathon Sunday. It’s like there is something in the air. Everyone is so friendly and supportive cheering us on, handing out water, bananas and orange slices.”

She cites the euphoria of running and the emotional rewards of raising money for charity as what keeps her coming back year after year. It also motivates her to stay in shape year round.

In 2016, Rosie had the opportunity to visit Haiti to see how Concern spends the money she has raised over the last 16 years…and counting. “It was amazing to see all the different programs that Concern has.”

To support to Rosemary click here.

 Brian d’Arcy James – the celebrity

Brian running his first marathon in Chicago.

“Get to know Concern. Be inspired by what they do. And learn how much more we all can do together to help those who need it most.”

Award-winning film, television and theater Actor, Brian d’Arcy James, is our highest-profile marathon runner. He is most known for his roles in the critically-acclaimed films, Spotlight and Molly’s Game, and for originating the role of George III in Hamilton.

How did we land such a big star? He happens to be the cousin of Concern Worldwide US CEO, Colleen Kelly. She introduced him to Concern’s work and he immediately became a vocal supporter.

Cousins united! Actor Brian d’Arcy James and Concern CEO Colleen Kelly on stage at Concern’s 2017 Seeds of Hope Gala. Photo: Concern Worldwide

“This year I’m running in an effort to raise money for Concern. 50 years for Concern. 50 years for me. I have a lot to learn from their half-century of giving and service. I’m inspired by them to offer more of myself, to see the world differently, to help others.”

To support our celebrity runner, click here.

 All for a good cause

The 12 members of Concern's 2018 NYC Marathon team .

Our dynamic trio will be joined by nine other teammates on November 4th for the marathon, starting in Staten Island and ending in Central Park. Concern staff and supporters will be cheering them on from the sidelines — at mile 8 in Brooklyn and between mile 23 and 24 in Manhattan. Every penny counts and it’s all for a great cause!

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