Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Meet Team Red Cross 2022 TCS Marathon Runner

Get to know the runners representing Red Cross in the TCS New York City Marathon and why they chose to join Team Red Cross!


Alexa Liautaud

“I witnessed Red Cross volunteers in action during my time reporting on Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey. The Red Cross is often the first to arrive to the frontlines and also the last to leave, well after public attention has moved on. I am running to fundraise for Red Cross's relief efforts, which provide a lifeline to individuals and families in their time of greatest need.

While every aspect of Red Cross's mission is imperative, I'm particularly passionate about disaster relief. The ability for the Red Cross to be there - whether its helping asylum seekers get in touch with their families or providing shelter, water and blankets in the wake of a natural disaster - plays a critical role in how humans support one another in an impartial and consistent way.

It's a privilege to be able to run and train for the New York City Marathon. I couldn't be more excited for November 2022.”

Support Alexa here.



Catherine Blake

“I decided to join the Red Cross team because I support their mission and am inspired by their work with military family members, disaster relief, and blood services. My fiancĂ© and I actively support the Red Cross through several efforts including volunteering, donating, fundraising, and serving on our local Red Cross Board.

I’m particularly passionate about the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces and Military Family members. I’m inspired by the support the Red Cross provides every day to service members and to the family members of the fallen.

I am training for the marathon by joining a local training group here in Baltimore. This will be my third full marathon after running the Marine Corps and Chicago marathons over the past three years.

Running in the New York City Marathon has been a lifelong dream. I am incredibly grateful and excited to have the opportunity to run the marathon while supporting my favorite charitable organization!”

Support Catherine here.



Owen Koorbusch

“Without the American Red Cross my father wouldn’t be here today. My father was diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma called Sezary Syndrome in March 2015. The average survival rate was 2-4 years from the time of diagnosis.

In order for him to survive Chemotherapy and radiation for a Stem Cell Transplant in 2018, he had to have well over 100 blood transfusions. My mission is to make people more aware of how important blood donations are for people to survive chemo, radiation and other sicknesses.

I am honored to represent American Red Cross in the New York City Marathon, and look forward to challenging myself to run a full marathon and meeting all of those involved.”

Support Owen here.



Alex Takata

“So many events in recent years have stressed to me how meaningful and important it is to have a group ready to help people out anytime, anywhere. This is a daunting task, and the Red Cross’s long history of responding quickly when people are most in need is incredibly inspiring.

I am most passionate about the Red Cross’s mission to provide aid to ALL people affected by disaster across the country and around the world – nobody can predict when they’re going to need shelter or a helping hand, and I am proud to be fundraising for an organization that provides it under any circumstances.

I’ve lived in NYC my entire adult life, and the marathon has been an event that I look forward to every year. The community spirit is incredible. While I’m early in my training, the full weight of the distance is already becoming clear to me – I’m even more impressed with all the folks I’ve cheered on in the past! At this point, I’m focusing on making sure my knees hold up for the entire distance.

I’m honored to be able to fundraise for an organization that can make such a difference in critical moments!”

Support Alex here.

Ananda Soundhararajan

“I would like to create awareness about giving back to the community especially among my kids and friends. Giving provides the most satisfied feeling. “Being there for the people when they are in need” is what I admire most about the Red Cross.

It is my privilege and honor to represent the Red Cross in the TCS NY Marathon. I feel valued to be part of Red Cross family.”

Support Ananda here.


Monday, August 1, 2022

In Case You Missed It

Red Cross celebrating volunteers serving at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross has provided emergency assistance to 125 adults and 38 children following 35 local disaster responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (See below)

Last Week in Review
  • Volunteers, dignitaries, and special guests gathered to celebrate over 125 Red Cross volunteers who support the community at West Point.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • August 2: Register now for the Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by OGS at the Empire State Plaza!
  • August 2: Join us for the annual “National Night Out” at the Brentwood Public Library! Learn more here.

Monday, July 25, 2022

In Case You Missed It

Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Carl E. Heastie at the sickle cell initiative focused
blood drive at Eastchester Church of God in the Bronx.

Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross has provided emergency assistance to 204 adults and 76 children following 57 local disaster responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (See below)

Last Week in Review
  • As part of Shark Week, we shared a video of Jess Reid from IN Greenwich donating blood as a shark.
  • Valeria Jones, a Red Cross volunteer and IHL expert, shared how she found her passion for international affairs and raising awareness of IHL through working with the Red Cross.

Upcoming Events and Activities
  • Come to give blood, platelets or plasma in July to automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive Shark Week merchandise package thanks to Discovery! Schedule your appointment today.
  • Take action and make a difference this July. Every day volunteers are needed to provide vital services to people forced from their homes because of home fires, storms and other emergencies. Apply here to become a Mass Care volunteer today!
  • August 2: Register now for the Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by OGS at the Empire State Plaza!
  • August 2: Join us for the annual “National Night Out” at the Brentwood Public Library! Learn more here.

Monday, July 18, 2022

In Case You Missed It

Bethpage High School Red Cross Club members and Long Island Red Cross volunteers
hand out waters to participants at the 2022 Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride in Babylon, NY. (Photo: Vito Reciniello)

Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross has provided emergency assistance to 109 adults and 45 children following 34 local disaster responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (See below)

Last Week in Review


Upcoming Events and Activities
  • Take action and make a difference this July. Every day volunteers are needed to provide vital services to people forced from their homes because of home fires, storms and other emergencies. Apply here to become a Mass Care volunteer today!
  • August 2: Register now for the Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by OGS at the Empire State Plaza!
  • August 2: Join us for the annual “National Night Out” at the Brentwood Public Library! Learn more here.
  • Sink your teeth into these thank-yous! Come in to give blood July 21 - July 24 to get your Shark Week T-shirt. PLUS, all who come in July will be entered for a chance at an outdoor adventure package from Discovery. Make an appointment now!


Monday, July 11, 2022

In Case You Missed It

Navy Reservist and Greater NY Red Cross Regional Preparedness Manager Jason Lyons on duty with Red Cross.
Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross has provided emergency assistance to 124 adults and 40 children following 41 local disaster responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (See below)

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Activities
  • Take action and make a difference this July. Every day volunteers are needed to provide vital services to people forced from their homes because of home fires, storms and other emergencies. Apply here to become a Mass Care volunteer today!
  • July 14: Now is the perfect time to join us and get trained to help your local community! Learn about positions with disaster preparedness, communications, volunteer services and more at this Volunteer Info Session.
  • August 2: Register now for the Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by OGS at the Empire State Plaza!

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

In Case You Missed It

Painting hung at the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, the site of a Red Cross Blood Drive last week.

Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross has provided emergency assistance to 153 adults and 32 children following 49 local disaster responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (See below)

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Activities
  • Mental health professionals are needed for Red Cross disaster services. Share your compassion as a Red Cross Volunteer today by completing your application!
  • July 14: Now is the perfect time to join us and get trained to help your local community! Learn about positions with disaster preparedness, communications, volunteer services and much more at this Volunteer Info Session.
  • August 2: Register now for the Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by OGS at the Empire State Plaza!


Monday, June 27, 2022

In Case You Missed It

GNY Red Cross marches in the NYC Pride Parade. (Photo: Frank Farance)
Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross has provided emergency assistance to 123 adults and 52 children following 41 local disaster responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (See below)

Last Week in Review
  • International Humanitarian Law instructor, Kylia Van Wyk shared her inspiring story about how she came to work with the Red Cross.
  • Last week, Jose Dominguez, Executive Director of American Red Cross Greater New York, presented GNYADA with a plaque for the $100,000 donation made by the association to assist in our Ukrainian Relief efforts.

Upcoming Events and Activities
  • Mental health professionals are needed for Red Cross disaster services. Share your compassion as a Red Cross Volunteer today by completing your application!
  • July 14: Now is the perfect time to join us and get trained to help your local community! Learn about positions with disaster preparedness, communications, volunteer services and much more at this Volunteer Info Session.