“David has my back, encourages me to take on challenges and reminds me to take care of myself,” Tyric said. “He and ICL have supported my views and what I want to pursue.”
New York, New York (PRWEB) October 05, 2012
Already perceived as a winner for overcoming childhood hardships and emotional challenges, Tyric Cuff a 25-year-old consumer at the Institute for Community Living (ICL) in New York City has once again been honored with a slot to participate in the prestigious 2012 ING New York City Marathon taking place throughout the five boroughs in the world’s most popular marathon on Sunday, November 4, 2012.
Tyric, a resident of Brooklyn, NY is one of seven ICL runners who have been granted running slots and who will be representing the 20120TEAM ICL in this premier event, which draws more than 100,000 applicants annually. The race attracts many world-class professional athletes and draws more than 2 million cheering spectators and 315 million worldwide television viewers.
Five of the slots, which have been awarded to ICL, are charity slots while two are guaranteed entry. For Tyric and four other TEAM ICL members, a fundraising minimum of $2,500 dollars has been set. The money raised will to go towards the many programs and services which the Institute for Community Living provides for those diagnosed with a mental illness and/or developmental disabilities. In the past, ICL has raised nearly $30,000 and this year is hoping to top that.
TEAM ICL member and Tyric’s mentor, David Kamnitzer, a Senior Vice President for ICL’s Adult Mental Health services division in Brooklyn, recommended that Tyric not only join TEAM ICL but that they run together as well.
“David has my back, encourages me to take on challenges and reminds me to take care of myself,” Tyric said. “He and ICL have supported my views and what I want to pursue.” After a childhood filled with the unpredictability and instability of six different foster care homes and emerging serious mental illness, Tyric has accomplished much.
Tyric, making his second run in the ING New York City Marathon, has been an inspiration to his community. “As a kid, I was never confrontational,” he said. “When the anger got too big, I’d fill my backpack with CDs and walk from Bay Shore to Brentwood. It usually took two towns to calm down,” he remembers. “Walking, music, writing my own songs – all that’s therapy to me. Now add running a second marathon to that list!”
Tyric is appreciative of the help he’s received on his way towards adulthood and makes it a priority to give back to the community, whether it’s on the basketball court with a youth in Westchester that he’s mentoring or when accompanying David on ICL speaking engagements at conferences and at different agencies.
To learn more or support Tyric or another member of TEAM ICL, please visit their crowdrise page at: http://www.crowdrise.com/TEAMICL2012/fundraiser/iclinc
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY LIVING
The Institute for Community Living (ICL), founded in 1986, is a not-for-profit corporation that assists individuals and families affected by or at risk of mental illness or developmental disabilities with integrated comprehensive care designed to improve their well-being, recovery and participation in community living.
ICL provides evidence-based and best practice innovative treatments, rehabilitation programs and support services to over 10,000 adults, children and families through over 100 programs located in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. ICL also offers over 1,500 housing units, a comprehensive system of clinical treatment options and, in addition to ICL Borden, operates a Brooklyn shelter for women with mental illness. ICL works to improve communities by fostering acceptance, inclusion and hope. For more information about ICL programs and services, visit us online at http://www.ICLinc.org or call us at (212) 385-3030.
ABOUT THE ING NEW YORK CITY MARATHON
NYRR's premier event, the ING New York City Marathon is the most loved and most inclusive marathon in the world, attracting elite athletes and recreational runners alike for the challenge and thrill of a lifetime. The race has grown tremendously since it began in 1970 with just 127 runners racing four laps of Central Park. Now, more than 47,000 participants from all over the globe flock to New York City every November for an adrenaline-filled road tour of all five boroughs, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and ending in Central Park.
Some run for prize money or bragging rights, others for charity or their personal best. All are cheered on by more than two million live spectators and a TV audience of 330 million.