Andrew Goudsward, Asbury Park Press
From tragedy to tribute.
That’s how Kathy Cunningham of Spring Lake describes her yearly pilgrimage to New York to run in the “Tunnel to Towers Run” from Brooklyn to Ground Zero.
Cunningham’s brother Donald Robertson was killed in the September 11 attacks while working in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He was 35 years old.
“He was the life of the party,” Cunningham said, “He lit up every room he walked into.”
In the years since, Cunningham has worked to keep his memory alive and give back to the soldiers who went to war because of that awful day. Each September 30,000 people attend the “Tunnel To Towers Run” to retrace the final steps of Stephen Siller, a New York firefighter who raced through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to get the World Trade Center site on September 11.
Last year, 300 of these runners wore bright green shirts with a shamrock encased in a heart on the back. Around the shamrock was the name “Donald W. Robertson” and the words “Forever in our Hearts.” Read More