My Why: Killeen Marzella

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 18, 2021 # Team Reeve, My Why

Killeen smiling wearing a yellow A Walk to Believe t-shirtOn Sunday, November 7, 2021, Team Reeve will take on the TCS New York City Marathon! 2019 was a record-breaking year for Team Reeve NYC, raising over $420,000 for paralysis research! We want to continue the momentum for 2020! We want to continue the momentum for 2021!

Killeen Marzella

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

Working for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has been such an incredible experience. After watching the team train, work, and fundraise toward a goal they all felt so connected to, I knew I had to be a part of it. Being able to join Team Reeve has allowed me to become even more involved than ever before. I have always had a major goal of completing a marathon, so being able to work towards this personal goal of mine while also supporting the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation was the perfect opportunity.

What has been the hardest challenge that you have overcome?

Killeen posing with her thumbs up and wearing a Reeve Run & Roll green t-shirtThe hardest obstacle I have had to face (and still is) is convincing myself that I am capable of completing this race. This will be my first marathon, and I have no idea what to expect. It has been a challenge not to become discouraged or frustrated during the training process. But, remembering the reason why I'm running those 26.2 miles makes everything worth it. I am so grateful for my family and friends, as well as Coach Mark and the Reeve Foundation staff, for their constant support and encouragement along the way.

What are you looking forward to on the day of the race?

I am SO excited to wear that “Team Reeve” shirt and represent this amazing organization while running alongside the rest of the team. I can’t wait to experience my first marathon while supporting a community and a cause that means so much to me.

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