Celebrating, honoring, and running for the lives of fallen heroes from 9/11, Tunnel to Towers 5k returns
LEWES, Del. – The Tunnel to Towers (T2T) run and walk series on Delmarva returned and emotions are still strong. “It just means a lot 20 years later that people still remember them,” says Louise Cummings, widow of Cpl. Stephen Ballard.
Sunday morning. Cape Henlopen State Park was filled with about 400 participants and even more community members. “The turnout today just exceeded everyone’s expectations and we are so happy to see so many new faces come out to support us this year,” says Executive Director of the Tunnel to Towers Delmarva, Brian Brubaker.
It’s all to benefit the T2T foundation, which was created to honor the memory of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who gave his life on 9/11. 20 years later, the foundation is helping families of first responders, law enforcement and military, who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty. “For me, four years with my husband and for people to still care so much, I have no words,” says Cummings who lost her husband in the line of duty. She was just one of the racers Sunday, showing support for the cause and honoring her late husband. “It just shows how much they care about their profession they care about helping people they care about giving back and it means a lot.”
For Shannon Slutman, who lost her husband in Afghanistan, she says the sacrifices that so many first responders and military men and women have made, can never be repaid, but being an ambassador for the foundation and participating in the 5k, she says this is just one small way to pay respect. “I can never replace my husband obviously, but if I can make somebody else’s life easier, better when they’re going through something similar then it just means the world.” Slutman adds, “I just want them to understand that if they are ever in my situation where they happen to lose their lives the foundation is there for them.
We’re told the T2T foundation raised over $150,000 just this weekend, that’s more than double what they raised in 2019.
If you’re interested in getting involved with the foundation or looking for future events to participate in, just head to the Delmarva Tunnel to Towers Facebook page for more information.