Creator: Simply Rob
Help me reach my goal of: $1,000.00
So far I've raised:$1,085
I have decided to run 13.1 miles in the NYC Half Marathon on March 20th in benefit of Harlem United AIDS Services Center, although I must admit that I was a bit reluctant.
If you're anything like me, you too are experiencing the brutal winter blues. I HATE the cold and I'm affected by light deprivation during a normal winter. Add to that all the bad weather we've had this year and a horrible 2-3 week flu (my first flu in years). All of this has really taken a toll on my spirits. The harsh winter and streets full of snow, slush and ice have also made for less than ideal running conditions, making it difficult to train BUT despite all that, I have decided to represent anyway.
First and foremost, I have to keep it gully with myself. When I was in my active addiction to crystal meth, not winter, bad weather, icy pavements, flu, hell or high water EVER kept me from going out and getting high. At my lowest point, I was a strung out iv crystal meth abuser, homeless on the streets of NYC with little more than my life and the clothes on my back. My dependency was a fierce problem and Harlem United (HU) was part of my solution.
I came to HU's El Faro site day program on East 116th Street in the Spring of 2007. At the time I was staying in an in-patient drug treatment program called The Addicts Rehabilitation Center (ARC), a 6-9 month in-patient program in West Harlem. ARC was a step up from a homeless shelter or a minimum security correctional facility. I stayed there (in a 6 man room) for 11 months with hundreds of other residents who had either been released to ARC as a condition of their parole, as an alternative to being locked up or who had walked in homeless off the street like myself. I never disclosed my sexual orientation or HIV status for concern of my safety and well being.
Luckily, Harlem United El Faro was just blocks away. I attained permission to attend support and recovery groups there by bending the truth a bit and saying they were health, nutrition, and art therapy "classes" which in fact were all group services that HU offers. Attending these groups allowed me to process my issues as a gay, HIV positive, addict in a safe space with other individuals like myself. I don't know if I would have made it through without HU. To date I am more than 2 years free of Crystal Meth.
I am currently an alumni of the El Faro day program but I still receive my medical services and weekly therapy sessions there. I am forever grateful for HU and as I continue to receive support, I think it only right to give back. Please help my by donating to this agency that continues to serve as a port in the storm for so many in the Harlem area and beyond.
|Manny Lacayo||$20.00||Good luck!|
|Karl Xtravaganza||$100.00||Oreo Brownies waiting for you at the finish line. ;-)|
|Janice Hunter||$5.00||Love you Rob..|
|Rich Giordano||$50.00||Simply do it!|
|Sylvia A Tingle||$20.00||YOU GO LOVE|
|Thomas Approbato||$50.00||Strength, Words, Passion & legs will carry you through brother!|
|Jennifer Ortiz||$10.00||Rob you are an inspiration. I only wish I had the $1000.00 to give you.|
|Vanessa Ferreira||$30.00||Muah! Good luck!|
|Bernice Sosa-izquierdo||$10.00||May you continue to be blessed and continue blessing others through your actions.|
|Joseph C Borges||$50.00||Good Luck Rob|
|Jana maldonado & the team from westchester eye associates||$140.00||Run!!! |
Proud to sponsor you,
Cathy, Latoya, Kianie, Danielle, Yvette, Karen, Glenda, Gayle, Pettie, Linda, Steph, and Yvette M.
|Babble in the bronx At mi gente cafe||$70.00||Great to be a part of a fantastic journey!|
|Ronny Barahona||$10.00||Good luck Rob... you are an inspiration...|
|Christine Meyers||$25.00||Love you Rob not only for what you're doing but for how far you've come.You have true dedication.|
|Karl J Ufert||$50.00||From Mitra Creative in support of Simply Rob|
|Daniel De souza||$50.00||You make me REAL proud to be a gay latino man! Thanks for being an inspiration for all of us!|
|Casper Famouz||$60.00||I don't know what else I can say that I haven't already said to you many times!! xoxoxo|
|Rose Taps||$25.00||Wishing you the very best|
|Jorge Merced||$25.00||Adelante siempre.|
|Lissette Izaguirre||$25.00||Rob thank you for your strength & your testimony. Your realness and faith will change lives! Your Words are powerful and make a true impact :-) From all of us as at the Urban View and with www.urbanmediatv.com - we send you our love & support! Dale Palante! :-)|
|Keona Serrano||$20.00||Good luck Rob...you are Simply AMAZING!!! : )|
|El grito de poetas No intro's open mic @ bowery poetry club||$60.00||Make us proud!|
|The what? Open mic 1 year anniversary @ vibe lounge||$50.00||Run!|
|Casper Famouz||$45.00||GO GET EM BABY BOY!!!!!! xoxoxoxo|
|Thomas Gorman||$25.00||You go!|
|Michael D Vargas||$10.00||Go get em.|