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2019 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon Camille Didio

Get to know 2019 United AIrlines NYC Half Marathon Camille Didio and support her here.

I am beyond excited to run the 2019 New York City Half Marathon with Habitat for Humanity Bergen County. Growing up with two older brothers, competitiveness has been a part of my everyday routine. I have always strived to be the best in everything I did and compete with them regardless of the fact that I was not only a girl, but younger as well. As a result, I began playing competitive sports at the ripe age of four – at that time, playing on an all-boys soccer team. I dabbled in many sports, playing softball, basketball, and soccer, but soon realized that my talents lied in soccer and I constantly dreamed of playing Division I at a collegiate level. Running, as you probably know, is a key component of the game.

 

I went on to fulfill my dreams and played college soccer at Boston College starting in 2014. Unfortunately, throughout my sophomore year, I began suffering from my eventual career-ending injury – I was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome in my calves, a rare, painful and dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup. This occurred in not just one of my calves, but both. I would run for ten minutes, and suddenly my calves would tighten up, my feet would grow numb, and I would not be able to run anymore. I had surgery on my legs hopeful that I would eventually be able to run again for longer periods of time. Fortunately, today, I am back to running for longer than ten minutes – just with six scars on my legs to show for it. This marathon signifies one of my life-long goals and allows me to raise funds for an organization that is near and dear to my heart.

 

While attending an all-girls Catholic high school, I was required to complete community service hours in order to graduate. As a young woman who is privileged and blessed to have been brought up in Bergen County, I yearned to be able to give to those who had less. As a result, I decided to work with Habitat for Humanity Bergen County, helping to rehabilitate homes damaged in Hurricane Sandy and photographing a build in my hometown of Oradell. This not only changed my outlook on life but taught me the meaning of how rewarding giving to others can be. I hope to raise at least $1,000 – if not more – for this very worthwhile cause. 

 
 
 
 
 
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