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Run in Honor of 9/11 Victim Grows Yearly

4:43 PM, Nov 27, 2011   |    comments
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29-year-old Amy King was killed in the September 11th terror attacks.

LAKEWOOD, N.Y. - Amy King wasn't always in the front of the pack at her high school cross country meets, but those who knew her say she was most definitely a leader.

"She was the person who held us together," said her coach, Tom Priester. "The thing that I liked most about Amy, she was one of the few people that could get me to laugh and see the bright side of things."

Amy was a flight attendant for United Airlines, and she was killed in the September 11th terror attacks. Her boyfriend of two years, Michael Tarrou, also a flight attendant, died with her when their plane hit the South Tower.

Within weeks, a group from the YMCA in Lakewood, including Amy's old cross country coach, had found a way to honor her.

The Amy King Run was held the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2001, just two months after the attacks. That first year, more than 200 people participated.

"I think the community was looking for something to do," said Amy's sister, Deb Lloyd. "Because, you know, even as a community, even if you didn't know my sister, everybody felt like a part of it, they needed to come together."

The money raised goes to the Amy King Fund, and money is used for children's programming at the YMCA. It also helped pay for a playground, "Amy's Playce," in her honor. Additionally, each year a graduating senior from Southwestern High School is awarded a scholarship in her honor. It's all something Amy's family says she would have loved.

"She would be blown away," said Llyod. "Probably a little embarrassed and a little humbled. I mean it's such a great way for us to honor who she was. How she lived her life."

The race begins at 11 a.m., but registration closes at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit the YMCA's website.

 

 

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