Resident Jason Fried was devastated when he heard about the children and community members killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school last Friday, prompting him to join 'Ryan's Team', started by a former Sandy Hook Elementary School student in the hopes of raising $50,000 to assist with funeral costs and counseling for victims' families and survivors at the school.
Fried, a father of four, was born in Kings Park and moved back to his original home last year recently got back into running. His dad was a track coach in Roslyn for many decades.
"I started getting into running in September to get in shape and have a new hobby and worked my way up to 10k's. I started thinking about increasing to half marathons and had just signed up for the Manhattan 1/2 Marathon January 27 in Central Park," said Fried. "As with most people, I am devastated since I heard this tragic news from Newtown, Conn, on Friday."
The team's goal was to raise $50,000 and has already exceeded $80,000. Fried said he would like to raise $2,600, in memory of the 26 lives lost and said as of Monday he has raised $1,000.
"I want the focus to remain on the victims, those who have survived but will be recovering for many, many years to come and the outstanding people of Newtown, Conn. That's where the attention should be."
Donations can be sent to:
PTSA Connecticut Congress
12 Dickenson Dr
Sandy Hook , CT 06482
All money goes directly to Sandy Hook, minus transaction fees. Donations made in December will be sent no later than January 15th.
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