My Why: Moshe Kasman

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 22, 2021 # Team Reeve

Selfie of Moshe wearing a Team Reeve shirt and sunglasses and a hatOn 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 2021!

Moshe Kasman

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

Running the New York Marathon has been my dream for many years. On March 15, 2020, I celebrated my 50th birthday, and I knew that in November, it would be the 50th NYC Marathon. I decided I was going to run the Marathon no matter what!

I looked at the various charities on the marathon website and immediately decided to join Team Reeve. As someone that lives in Israel, I know how important it is to get help and advice when you face an unfamiliar and sometimes scary situation. While learning more about the Foundation's goals and actions and chatting with Kelly and Coach Mark, I knew in my heart that I had made the right choice! Of course, that growing up in the early Superman movies also contributed to the decision.

Moshe running during a marathonWhat has been the hardest challenge that you have overcome?

Unfortunately, in Israel, this kind of fundraising is not popular, and I had to work very hard to open the hearts of people. Of course, my family and friends donated, but the second, third and fourth circles were hard to convince.

Another challenge was the heat in Israel. I had to train for the Marathon during the summer months, where the temperatures can go up to 101 Fahrenheit with 90 percent humidity even at 4 am.

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

In one word- FUN. I want to enjoy the atmosphere, the crowd, and the views. I look forward to celebrating with my team members after the finish line.

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