The Nicholas Rossomando
9/11 Memorial Scholarship Fund
BRANDON PORTER and the NYC FIREFIGHTERS STAIR CLIMB 2016
On September 9, 2015 a message was delivered to my Facebook Inbox. It was from Brandon Porter. Brandon explains to me that on Saturday, September 5, 2015 he did the Dallas 9/11 Stair Climb. He goes on to explain that it was the 3rd year he had done this Stair Climb and each year he climbed in honor of Nicholas. Brandon is a member of the Rescue Unit for his city like Nick.
After the September 5th stairclimb Brandon had the honor of meeting members of Rescue 5 along with friends and family of members who passed on 9/11/01. One of those being Madeline Bergin Koenig, wife of John Bergin. Brandon gave Madeline the lanyard he wore around his neck with the picture on it of the firefighter they are honoring.
At the September 11th anniversary gathering, all the wives of the firefighters lost 9/11 and myself, the only Mom were presented with the lanyards those Texas firefighters wore the day of the climb. A picture of that is below. You will also find pictures from that day that Brandon sent to me.
This year Brandon will be coming to New York along with his wife Molly because he will be doing the 2016 NY Firefighter Stair Climb on Sunday, March 13th, and he will be climbing in honor of Nicky again. Plans have been made to have them at Rescue 5 on March 12th for a gathering and it will be at that time that Nick’s family will get to meet and thank him for doing this year for Nick.
Thanks Brandon for doing this!
Christopher Capobianco Runs TCS NYC Marathon 2015
This is really a great story and I hope you will be patient while I roll it out. Nick’s fund had been involved in fundraisers with the ING NYC Marathon from 2006-2013. The Marathon’s sponsor changed with the 2014 Marathon and would only allow existing charity partners to have a team running in 2014 if they placed an application and were excepted. We were not.
However, in 2014, I receive a note from Chris Capobianco and it went like this.
Good Afternoon Barbara,
My answer to his e-mail.......
I am hoping that you can find another worthy charity to run for and we will give a shout out if we are again involved with the NYC Marathon in the future. Thank you for your interest and hope that our paths will get to cross.
Then on April 1, 2015 I receive another e-mail from Chris and it went like this......
I would still be more than happy to be involved and raise money during my training. Please let me know if you’d be interested in having me represent Nick’s Team this year.......and if so, what I’d need to do to get started.
My answer to him..........
Well, Chris ran the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon and when asked how it went for him he answered.....
Chris alone raised $905.00 in support of Nick’s Fund..........Thanks Chris!
INGRID LECHNER CLIMBS THE STAIRS IN THE CENTURYLINK BUILDING IN DENVER FOR “NICKY LOVE”.
It’s been a while since 9/11/15, but I wanted to share with everyone a story of human goodness. It’s the Sunday morning after 9/11/15 and my husband tells me that someone named Ingrid Lechner called and left a message saying that she did the Denver Stair climb in honor of Nick. She left her number and I called her back.
What followed was two people who had Nicky in common coming together to share in our own special ways the commonality. I learned that she was a volunteer firefighter in Colorado and her husband was one as well. I shared with her Nick’s story in part and when our conversation was over, we both had a fair view, me of her and her of Nicky.
We ended our conversation and some days later I said to myself, why didn’t you ask her to send some pictures of herself on that day so I could post them on his Facebook page and on his website. So I called her again requesting the pics. I asked her for her tee shirt size and will be sending her one of Nick’s Memorial Tees and our “Tribute to Nicky Love” dvd. She e-mailed me back and the content and pictures are to follow!
Re: I climbed for Nicky Love....