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The Second Year Running for Safe Kids

Running a 26.2 mile marathon is no small feat. There is a considerable amount of motivational, emotional and physical strength that is needed to cover the distance. For Ali Zaidi, running for a great cause and being a part of Team Safe Kids New Jersey, gives him the motivation to step up to the plate and run the Marine Corps Marathon for the second year in a row.

“The key to success is establishing the right priorities,” says Ali. “I was able to continue my training while meeting all other personal obligations because I put the important people first. And those same important people turned around and helped me achieve my training goals. So here I am – ready to run the Marine Corp Marathon once again”

Safe Kids New Jersey is thrilled that Ali, a resident of Chester, NJ and father of three, will be running again for our kids at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC on October 31, 2010.  His only concern this year is that the marathon happens to fall on Halloween. However, since this is his second year doing the marathon, even his family understands the importance of running for a cause like Safe Kids. “When I realized the marathon was on Halloween I approached my family and asked them if it was ok for me to run given that I probably won’t be able to make it back home to New Jersey in time for trick or treating, “ says Ali. “ It’s because of the very warm reception that Safe Kids provided my family with in Washington last year that my daughters said that if my running will help Safe Kids – then I should go ahead and complete the race.”

Completing 26.2 miles is a real badge of honor, but it’s nothing compared to helping prevent a lifetime of suffering for a child with a serious injury. You can support us in our goal of keeping kids safe from injuries every day by contributing to Team Safe Kids New Jersey. We know that what we do works and we need your help to continue our mission. Through our statewide network of local Safe Kids New Jersey coalitions, your contribution will help us educate and protect families throughout our state.

It is fast and simple to support this great cause by making your tax deductible donation online by clicking here.  Or, you can mail your contribution, made payable to Safe Kids Worldwide to:

Carol Ann Giardelli
Safe Kids New Jersey
One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, WH-1305
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08893

Please put “Team Safe Kids NJ State” on the memo line of the check

We will continue to keep you updated on our progress!

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