Sept. 30, 2012
NEW YORK - For the third straight year the St. John's lacrosse program participated in the Stepen Siller Tunnel To Towers Run-NYC that pays tribute to the 343 FDNY firefighters that lost their lives on 9/11. Funds raised through the event support the Weill-Cornell Burn Center and Burn Centers across America and also provide monetary relief for the families of surviving quadriplegic servicemen returning from combat.
Each time the Red Storm lacrosse team takes the field, the back of every player's helmet bears the phrase "Never Forget" and an image of the Twin Towers. The relationship with Tunnel To Towers Run is a natural fit for the student-athletes of St. John's lacrosse of the annual University Service Day activities.
The path of the Tunnel To Towers Run mirrors that of FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller who ran from his firehouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn to the World Trade Center in full gear in order to aid in the response to the attacks on the towers. The route travels directly through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel which Siller used to get to Manhattan as it was shut down to all vehicles in the hours following the attacks.
Siller was one of the 343 first responders that gave their lives in the efforts to evacuate the World Trade Center and the surrounding area. The Stephen Siller Tunnel To The Towers Foundation has raised roughly $16.3 million to date as part of its many fundraising initiatives. The 2012 event was the eleventh edition of the Tunnel To Towers Run.
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