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[00:00:17] The run crews series is back with East Harlem United runners.
[00:00:32] Hey everybody. Welcome back to another episode of The Run Wave Podcast. I am your host Kim. If this is your first time tuning in, welcome to the show. If you are able to turn listener, welcome back to the show. I truly appreciate you tuning into this show week after week. This is the last day of women’s history month, and I wanted to tell the story of a young lady by the name of.
[00:00:58] Destiny. And I’m [00:01:00] also bringing back the run crews series and these go hand in hand. The first crew that I am featuring is East Harlem, United runners and team destiny. This is a husband and wife duo. They are a family run. Run crew. And I just wanted to bring awareness to what they are doing. They are raising funds to purchase a wheelchair so that Edgar, the father can run the New York city marathon with his daughter, destiny, who has cerebral palsy.
[00:01:31] When I saw this story on Instagram, I knew that I had to support this family by purchasing some of their gear to help them raise money for this wheelchair and just bring them on this show to bring awareness. To their cause and to tell their story, to get the word out to the running community, because I know that we are a strong community and we support one another.
[00:01:54] So I want you to support team destiny and [00:02:00] listen to their story. It will warm your heart, like it warmed mine. So let’s get into it. Okay, everyone please welcome Ruth and Edgar weso to the show. Welcome.
[00:02:13] Edgar: [00:02:13] How are you? I’m doing fine. I’m fine. Thank you.
[00:02:18] Kim: [00:02:18] Of course. I’m so happy to have both of you on the show.
[00:02:20] It’s always great when I can chat with two people at one time. Thank you. So you guys are representing East Harlem, United runners. Yes. Yeah. So tell me a little bit about yourself. Where are you both originally from
[00:02:37] Edgar: [00:02:37] I’m originally from born and race and original from East Harlem Spanish, Harlem. New York city Manhattan in year 42 years.
[00:02:49] I mean, 45 years. So I’m blessed East Harlem, grace blood. So yes, I’m from East Harlem. I’m
[00:02:55] Ruth: [00:02:55] originally from the Bronx born and raised. And I moved to my high-end here in East London [00:03:00] when I was 18 years old after graduating high school.
[00:03:02] Kim: [00:03:02] Okay. Well, I’m from the Bronx. We have that in common. So people just hear a Harlem.
[00:03:10] And I don’t think they really know that Harlem is like broken up into different communities. So where exactly is East Harlem,
[00:03:17] Edgar: [00:03:17] East homeless from 96th street on third Avenue or going straight all the way to one 35th to Madison. Part of East Harlem, you know, East side, you know, we treat first all the way from first to fifth having you one 35th.
[00:03:36] So we got that good on real small area that represented East Harlem and Barrio Spanish Harlem. Okay.
[00:03:43] Kim: [00:03:43] So you ride the green train line. That’s the line that I grew up on the sixth
[00:03:48] Edgar: [00:03:48] grade. Six four and five,
[00:03:51] Kim: [00:03:51] five and six on Lex. Yes. So how is it, um, you know, in Harlem now, like during the [00:04:00] pandemic, how has it been for you all
[00:04:02] Edgar: [00:04:02] been kind of tough, you know, just limitation, you know, safety’s first.
[00:04:07] So what, you know, what we was doing on a normal, basic Monday through, you know, Monday to Sunday and we used to go, you know, usually go out most of the time to work out things like that. Gotta be a limit, you know, so it just slowed us down, you know, it was kinda hard, but I still didn’t give up, you know, training still, you know, I took out today and use my whole way, you know, as, uh, you know, to get myself still motivated and into the run, but it was rough.
[00:04:34] It was nothing that I did used to do to the new norm, you know?
[00:04:40] Kim: [00:04:40] Exactly. I know we’ve, we’ve all had to adapt during these trying times, but I noticed, especially how I like living in New York city, because there’s so many people, you know, in a smaller area, well, it’s a huge area, but you know how it is in New York, we grew up in big buildings and things like that.
[00:04:56] So as you know, it’s harder for us because it’s so densely [00:05:00] populated with so many people. So I know it couldn’t have been easy for you all. So do you guys, have you have children? I know you have destinies. Do you have any other children?
[00:05:08] Edgar: [00:05:08] Yes, we have four lovely boys. Destiny’s total five, you know, a nice big, we have a nice big, small family.
[00:05:22] Kim: [00:05:22] I see that. How old are your boys? Well, Javan is
[00:05:27] Ruth: [00:05:27] 16. Damien is 15 or some Colby is 11 and also Valentino is 10.
[00:05:35] Edgar: [00:05:35] And can’t forget
[00:05:35] Ruth: [00:05:35] this. And then of course, destiny, who is 17
[00:05:37] Kim: [00:05:37] years old. So you guys, you guys have been together for a long time, man. Oh,
[00:05:43] Ruth: [00:05:43] yes. I was 19 years old.
[00:05:46] Kim: [00:05:46] 30
[00:05:48] Edgar: [00:05:48] anniversary. Yeah.
[00:05:50] Ruth: [00:05:50] I’m going to make 17 years married on the 27th of April.
[00:05:54] Kim: [00:05:54] Yes. Wow. That’s great. I love that. I love to see long lasting, everlasting [00:06:00] love, especially within, you know, our community with, from minorities. You know, that’s great to see that you guys have been together all this time and you have a big, beautiful family. Well
[00:06:10] Edgar: [00:06:10] less.
[00:06:13] Kim: [00:06:13] So what got you into running?
[00:06:16] Edgar: [00:06:16] Well, what got me into running was I got into 2017, got into injury and, uh, took a year or well recovering within the year, you know, a whole year recovering.
[00:06:30] So you could say 2018 when I got back, um, I was just going through waking, you know, just gain weight with the therapy. You know, you have the surgery, you have to, you can’t really do that much, but just recover, you know? So it took all year recovery for my ankle surgery and 2018, I mean, 19 2018, I got back on my feet and I was just gaining too much weight, like 60 pounds.
[00:06:59] You know [00:07:00] what happened was. I had to make a change for myself. And I was really not in good health. So since my daughter to get my daughter destiny, she’d been through a lot, you know, surgeries, you know, multi-serve Jews like 708, and just one day it just snapped up. I just ended up looking at my daughter and say, um, how can I complain in life?
[00:07:25] Knowing that my daughter is going through worse and. Multi-sensory and still brings a smile. So I said to myself, took that motivation and say, wow, I, ankle surgery complained for a whole year and everything. Why not change that and use that motivation to better myself. So I took that motivation for my daughter to better myself, my health.
[00:07:48] And I ended up walking through central park. You don’t walk, just keep on walking daily, being consistent. And that got me motivating, you know, To running, you [00:08:00] know, just health wise doing it for my daughter, just making changes. You know, sometimes you have to be humble, you know, and just realize that. No changes, you know, you know, sometimes the most littlest thing or a person can really motivate you.
[00:08:17] So my daughter did motivate me in the running, you know, she just, just help wise and just doing something different for myself. So that’s what got me.
[00:08:27] Kim: [00:08:27] I love hearing that story because so many people like they see us running and other people think that they can’t do it by hearing your story. You know, it started out with a walk walking in central park and, you know, that’s all it takes to get out there.
[00:08:43] And, you know, I’m, I’m glad to hear you say that because it encourages other people to try to do the same thing. Even like family members, you know, they, they see, they see you do it and you might encourage other family members to want to get on and run as well. Or just to walk, walk before you can run, you know, [00:09:00] so I love hearing that.
[00:09:01] Edgar: [00:09:01] you. But what motivates me that saying, um, your race? I think your, what is your, your race, your pace, you know, that’s, that’s the truth, you know, if you could just take a step, you know, just. Couple of blocks four blocks and up being a mile, you know, it’s just being consistent, you know, and just, just believe in yourself in the beginning.
[00:09:22] It wasn’t like that, you know, at the beginning it was, they may just go out and take a step and trying to get movement. And then gradually, you know, slowly, it was just, you know, in a, like a motivation and then from a motivation, it just became a norm, you know, to see changes and. When you see changes in, you know, within yourself, you’ll get, you know, you would love who wouldn’t love to change.
[00:09:48] When you start seeing positive progress. I ended up being motivated and stuck and just stay with it.
[00:09:57] Kim: [00:09:57] When, when those shirts and those pants start to fit a little [00:10:00] looser, you know, it’s like,
[00:10:05] what about you, Ruth? Are you, did you start with him or did you start running after? I was
[00:10:10] Ruth: [00:10:10] one of his biggest supporters, right after surgery as well. I’m going to a little depressive state gaining weight, you know, so I’ve started, you know, as the kids were in school, doing him and help him and support him and.
[00:10:23] I got into it also myself, you know, joining him, everything’s the Walton and you know, the little ones that he would do. Just join
[00:10:30] Kim: [00:10:30] him with it. and that’s great when you can do it together because you have the support, you know, of each other and you can push each other, you know, to get out there and get it done.
[00:10:39] That’s great.
[00:10:41] Edgar: [00:10:41] She’s the strongest, you know, she’s not even motivated, but she works. She got to certain ways just to motivate me and make sure that what I have to give her the credit, she always gives me, but I have to give us so much because. Do you know, she’s the [00:11:00] foundation, you know what I’m saying?
[00:11:00] She’s she’s, she is the glue of the family, you know, she’s mostly, I’m not trying to take it away, but she mostly in the scene and when the things needs to be corrected or, you know, or make changes, you know, can’t get up, can’t complain. Mom’s mom’s the boss, you know? So I got to give her props. Well, a lot of things.
[00:11:23] So mom
[00:11:24] Kim: [00:11:24] holds the family down. Thank you for
[00:11:27] Edgar: [00:11:27] everything.
[00:11:30] Kim: [00:11:30] So tell me about East Harlem United runners. When did you start up? This crew? I started
[00:11:39] Ruth: [00:11:39] started first has to be explained to them. We would walk in central park after the kids were dropped off at school and it just came to us one day as we we’re walking in central park, we should come out with our own bunny team.
[00:11:49] You know, something that. Mother says us, you know, as a whole time is so Edgar, you know, like what about East side of the night or runners at some? That [00:12:00] sounds perfect. And that’s when I came up with this, we run United cause we all United in one form or another at this table, we’re all United. So that’s how it came out to be just a stroll through central park, walking into, coming up with names, blurring them out.
[00:12:18] And then for some reason . It’s the one that’s the proper way.
[00:12:23] Edgar: [00:12:23] Yes. Plus, you know, since we from East home, you know, why not use, you know, East Harlem as, you know, just the start and thanks to our Korean for creating the other words, you know, we run United and that was something that I just, you know, caught our attention.
[00:12:40] So simplicity, but at the same time represent where we fall.
[00:12:47] Kim: [00:12:47] Oh, well, thank
[00:12:48] Edgar: [00:12:48] you, destiny. You know, that’s how, um, logo and everything. So we are so blessed to have her logo, but we [00:13:00] do have two locals, you know, but this is the main focus of the team’s destiny. It’s really, um, the original level is East Harlem, United violence. You know what? The city, you know, Manhattan
[00:13:14] And then we ended up coming out with my daughter’s own level team destiny. So besides, um, the whole team is the, each Harlem, the family theme is mostly East Harlem, but destiny, we had, uh, create her own logo, you know, so we could bring awareness to what we doing.
[00:13:37] Ruth: [00:13:37] It’s something personal and high stakes. Hi, how am I supposed to put am?
[00:13:42] So think personally, and also did, as unique with destiny is that you need child
[00:13:47] Kim: [00:13:47] pores. So a
[00:13:48] Ruth: [00:13:48] butterfly is unique compared to shape for my colors. So that’s why we stick with the butterfly for destiny, because she gives you a unique child.
[00:13:57] Kim: [00:13:57] That’s my favorite insect as well. Butterfly. I have a [00:14:00] tattoo of a butterfly on my arm.
[00:14:05] So your crew, how often do you guys meet up? You have like a group of people?
[00:14:11] Edgar: [00:14:11] No, we just, us a seven just family, you know, family, you know, my, my focus is right now, you know, it’s like one day to get big, you know, as you know, like helping Harland, Braun, boogie down, Bronx, Bronx. So, you know, um, team Weipa, you know, there’s a lot of teams out there that, you know, I love, you know, I like to pick up, you know, what they’re doing and educate myself and you know what, they, you know, the movement here.
[00:14:45] I’m just a family team there. Hopefully one day, you know what the most blessing we could be as big too, you know, it’s just taking it one step at a time or one year at a time. So hopefully, you know, we can be big, but right now, you know, [00:15:00] we just seven of us with one mission, you know, of. Just doing this marathon race with my lovely daughter.
[00:15:07] And that was that’s my main focus right now. But yes, based on the team, you know, we just seven and hopefully we will get big, you know, hopefully with your help. Yeah.
[00:15:22] Kim: [00:15:22] Seven is a good number. Some teams start with one. So you guys are ahead of the game right now.
[00:15:29] Edgar: [00:15:29] Well, thank you. We just, you know, hopefully, like I said, you know, we can be hopefully bait, but only time will tell, but with hard work and dedication, just keep on doing what we’re doing.
[00:15:42] Enjoying, running. You know, friendship, friendship is get built, you know, from being friends, expand it all spread words and it gets big, you know, so yes, we hope so we can get big.
[00:15:57] Kim: [00:15:57] So tell me about destiny [00:16:00] because I was scrolling on Instagram one day and I came across. Uh, I mean, I was following on Instagram for a while, but you know, sometimes on Instagram you just scroll and scroll and you never know the story behind, you know, the people that post, but you posted a video of you, you know, you were making t-shirts, I’m pretty sure it was at your house.
[00:16:21] And you were pressing the t-shirt yourself and you were telling the story of your daughter and why, you know, you were pressing these shirts and selling these shirts. I’ll tell me about your daughter, destiny. Yeah, well, that’s the
[00:16:34] Ruth: [00:16:34] new 17. She suffers from cerebral palsy or the, um, neurological problems. So I decided, you know, why not get back to destiny since she is me so much?
[00:16:47] So she is the world. He wants me to start in special for her. You know, destiny is that type of stuff. She loves running whenever it’s pushing her. That’s one of her favorite things is her smiling, enjoying the pressure, [00:17:00] especially being with dad.
[00:17:02] Kim: [00:17:02] You know,
[00:17:03] Ruth: [00:17:03] that type of stuff, she would not complain on us.
[00:17:04] She needs to complain. She’s gone to countless of surgery and she’s always kept a positive smile on her face, that positive energy, you know, that’s how she is. So I go like, let’s do something special parts to give back to her. So on that’s my 17th birthday, it became official team destiny. You know, this is something that she loves.
[00:17:25] She seen her brothers do races, but the middle Grove on it, it seemed to get metal. And that’s the only thing she’s ever wanted was to have one of her own. And she was fortunate to have the opportunity to get one. But when the on fellow goat cross-county, um, championship series, Mr. Michael promo came to destiny and gave her her own model.
[00:17:47] We’ve never seen this. He gets so
[00:17:48] Kim: [00:17:48] excited. And just
[00:17:50] Ruth: [00:17:50] around the screen that she did to us as B onwards, and it made Mr. Casa Pronto rule, happy to see what he had done for destiny. So [00:18:00] I was like, let me do something for her. Yes. And come up with something on her own. And that’s why he came up with team
[00:18:05] Edgar: [00:18:05] destiny, you know?
[00:18:06] So I’m representing now teen destiny so she can know, she knows that her brothers are family and supporters are there for her. So now it’s East Harlem, United water. Team destiny
[00:18:21] Ruth: [00:18:21] opportunity. What I was fishing, we are all created equal. It doesn’t matter if you could run walk, you can take a step here and there, as long as you do it, that’s what really counts.
[00:18:32] And this is something that destiny enjoys with us. Especially with her dad running, she enjoys, she used to enjoy
seeing her brothers run. And just being there for them just being her they’re two liter, and now they are, they’re hurts you leader now because they are voting for her to make sure that we got accomplish the goal, which is what I look to the new city marathon with her this year.
[00:18:55] Edgar: [00:18:55] a doer, you know, so that’s why, you know, we all [00:19:00] work very hard to make sure that. Uh, our dreams is not, uh, our dreams to give back for what she’d been through. And it’s hard for a child with special needs, you know, that you have to take care of her. 24, seven, seven days a week, 365 days. So she don’t complaint, you know, and unfortunately she can’t walk or talk and do other things.
[00:19:25] So us, as, you know, parents that we got all our movement, things like that, you know, you have to understand, we can’t take those little things for granted. That can mean it can mean it can mean so much for individual person that, you know, that needs it. So. I mean, my goal is just to give up back. One thing is just give her that, um, marathon metal, because if she could go through this for 17 years and who am I as a person, as a human being to complainant.
[00:20:00] [00:20:00] For 26.2 miles. I understand it might sound like it’s easy. It’s not, you have to put a lot to work in it. You know, you gotta be consistent and you gotta dedicate yourself. So, but in the way, the point of 26.2 miles walk one Crow, you know, whatever it takes me, you know, the point is to start and to finish it.
[00:20:21] And just to give her that memo say, babe, thank you. You know, it means a lot. And I just want to do it for him because as a parent, you know, and as a human being, you know, we have loved ones, you know, for a fact that, um, you would do anything, you know, and at the most just to tell them, thank you, you know, and just to let them know that yeah.
[00:20:46] You know, we are thankful and all, and that’s doing it then and would like to do for my daughter. Just, just give up that, that metal and be tight.
[00:20:58] Kim: [00:20:58] I’m looking at you so I [00:21:00] can feel the emotion, but I know that people that are listening, they can feel it as well. You know,
[00:21:05] Edgar: [00:21:05] because it’s just a passion. I’m sorry.
[00:21:07] It’s just a passion as a parent. Don’t
[00:21:09] Kim: [00:21:09] apologize. Cause I know it’s hard to raise a child with special needs. I can imagine it’s been difficult for you guys. No,
[00:21:17] Edgar: [00:21:17] they didn’t want to bring a witness pill to, you know, a lot of runners do have, you know, special needs kids and everything. You know, another thing is that.
[00:21:25] I’m very proud of my daughter. I don’t see her as a special need, knowing that she is a CRO as a normal child, but at the same time, bring awareness to those that don’t be ashamed, be proud for what you have, you know, I mean, there’s a reason why all they are here not to preach, you know, and if you do have a special needs child and you have one it’s because the Lord knows that you could take care of it, you know?
[00:21:51] So. I just have a passion and I just wanted to just let people know that you’re not alone and together, you know, [00:22:00] that just, you know, bring awareness that I would child shouldn’t be treated differently or favorite that they should be treated equally and just, you know, bring joy, you know, and bring happiness to, to be with a special needs child, because you don’t see that much, you know, races and things like that, you know?
[00:22:21] And. You know, I, I w I would like to be hopefully that person to bring that awareness that, you know, give them an opportunity. Well, thank you.
[00:22:34] Kim: [00:22:34] Of course. So how, how close are you to your goal? Because you’re, you’re raising money to purchase a wheelchair to
[00:22:42] Edgar: [00:22:42] run with. We are halfway there. Thank God. We are closed.
[00:22:48] We are six, 6,300. And I would go this to reach 10,000. So, um, this happened what, three months ago, so far the co-fund
[00:23:00] [00:22:59] Ruth: [00:22:59] since December.
[00:23:02] Edgar: [00:23:02] So we are very close and I’m still working hard, you know, hopefully, you know, If somebody see this video, you know,
[00:23:11] Kim: [00:23:11] my, you know, I DM doing Instagram and I said, I need to get me a hoodie.
[00:23:15] So here’s my destiny, huh?
[00:23:18] Edgar: [00:23:18] Yes.
[00:23:19] Kim: [00:23:19] My favorite color is red. So I had to get the black with the red. So I have to wear that. And you sent me some East Harlem United gear. Destiny? Yes.
[00:23:32] Edgar: [00:23:32] Yes. That’s the package. Yes.
[00:23:36] Kim: [00:23:36] Yeah, that’s cute. So how much are you selling these T’s and hoodies for
[00:23:41] Edgar: [00:23:41] the t-shirts I’m selling it for $20, you know, um, hoodies up 30, you know, I’m selling hacks too.
[00:23:48] That’s teen destitute hats too, uh, for 25 and I’m just, um, coming out. I had them bring it out. We got coffee, mugs, coffee mugs [00:24:00] for $15. So.
[00:24:02] Kim: [00:24:02] I can see those. You could’ve sent me one of those too. I’m going to have to order one.
[00:24:07] Edgar: [00:24:07] I got you. I got you
[00:24:09] Kim: [00:24:09] water. You know, I want to contribute what I can to get you to your goals.
[00:24:13] So yes, I will definitely send you over the phone so I can get me one of those mugs. I drink coffee every day, you know, should it, but I do.
[00:24:25] So are you, did you register for the New York city marathon already?
[00:24:29] Edgar: [00:24:29] Yes, we’re happy to, as I was, I did a nine plus one that did the nine one one 2019, and I was supposed to do a marathon for 2020 due to the coronavirus, the pandemic, everything was canceled. So everything went virtual and, um, I still did it, you know, I still did the painful, you know, We still did the, the marathon, you know, the virtual marathon.
[00:24:57] And I’m not sure if you saw the video, how [00:25:00] I dedicated to my lovely daughter, you know, so we did it virtually and I put it for 20, 21 this year. So hopefully with the new lottery paid or the new guidelines, hopefully I can be picked. So I’m just still waiting on an email. Like everybody else to find out if they’ve run it this year, but as well that I’m burning for hopefully running this year as time, me and destiny four door.
[00:25:32] So I’m just crossing that either one of them, you know, if I could run from, by myself or have the opportunity to run with destiny, but our goal is to run with destiny. So.
[00:25:46] Kim: [00:25:46] Now, how does that work with you signing up with Dessa? Is it like the same registration process or is it
[00:25:53] Ruth: [00:25:53] question process? And from what we were told, only five jewel teams will be able to be picked, [00:26:00] but
[00:26:03] they’re going to shorten it and it’s different guidelines. So he will have to register like he did already as a dual team with destiny. So it was a whole different kind of didn’t get it registered for a regular amount of time. Just one person. Yeah.
[00:26:17] Kim: [00:26:17] Have you looked into any, um, organizations, you know, like Achilles international.
[00:26:24] Edgar: [00:26:24] No, no, we have not
[00:26:26] Kim: [00:26:26] heard enough. Yeah. Send you. It’s called Achilles international. It’s you know, an organization where, um, you know, people with disabilities, they can do the races. You see a lot of them in New York road runner races, they actually have a race. It used to be in July. Well, it is in July every year, but you know, last year it didn’t happen.
[00:26:44] So if they bring it back this year, that will probably be a good race for you to do with destiny as well. Oh, you told about, they’re curious. We
[00:26:53] Edgar: [00:26:53] had it. We were supposed to register destiny was supposed to be the [00:27:00] running, um, participate with me that first, um, that first event. With Michael and with this Corona thing, it just went, it just didn’t happen.
[00:27:13] And it was just the beginning of bringing in destiny to do the racist. So we didn’t even have an opportunity to race, you know, but it will be a blessing. We can do it this year.
[00:27:26] Kim: [00:27:26] Well, hopefully, you know, racing is slowly but surely coming back, you know, pace runs just had a race you just
[00:27:34] Edgar: [00:27:34] missed out on based on them
[00:27:36] Kim: [00:27:36] doing another one in a couple in on the 17th.
[00:27:39] And I, I actually registered for that one. So,
[00:27:41] Edgar: [00:27:41] and then on the 17th, we have our own walk, crawl, run five miles off Randall’s Island petite.
[00:27:49] Kim: [00:27:49] So tell me about that.
[00:27:51] Edgar: [00:27:51] Yes, it’s uh, we raising money, you know, um, The purpose of this event is a five mile, you know, read those eyes five miles [00:28:00] and we raising money for teen destiny for special need custom made running wheelchairs.
[00:28:08] So this event was hosted by two guys, two close friends of mine. Don’t punch in check and George Gonzalez, the, although the host of the event, thanks to them for organizing it. So this is just a, a family event. You know, registration fee is $25. You know, you get five items. Our t-shirt a bandana, a bib, a poncho and face mask, you know, put $25.
[00:28:37] You get the whole package. Yeah. Well, yes. You know, give me just got aye. Aye. Aye. How can I say, I love giving back, you know, cause as much as people had gifts, so much support. When I, when I give back to the supporters because who wouldn’t like goodies, you know, as good as, you know, we go t-shirts and you know, we like the [00:29:00] little goodies
[00:29:01] Kim: [00:29:01] wag,
[00:29:04] Edgar: [00:29:04] my experience.
[00:29:05] I got to come out with my eyes and make sure that I got my little swag, but. Yes, everything that we, we organize in the package, um, every sentence, every dollar is going straight. 100% for Destiny’s specialized, customized wheelchair. So how you, how can you say we grinding, you know, we grind as much, you know, try to sell t-shirts beautiful hoodies, um, coffee mugs, anything ads, anything that, you know, we could do to raise that money, you know, As a parent, I ain’t giving up, you know, so I do everything I can do for, to help with the family dreams and how I would dream to make sure we get through it.
[00:29:50] Kim: [00:29:50] So how does everyone order March from you to support.
[00:29:57] Edgar: [00:29:57] So far, I’m working on a website. It should be coming up [00:30:00] soon, you know, just joined. We are just us two and a couple of people are just helping out, you know, hopefully be off. But right now we get ordered through Instagram. You could go to my Instagram page on, we underscore one underscore United and leave me a message.
[00:30:19] Or you could go on Facebook. My Facebook is. My name is Edgar E D G a R. Last name is B as in boy, U E Z O Z as in zebra, O and you can just message me and I’ll be glad to help you. You just, you know, what I do is I post up pictures to see what I have available at the moment shirts, colors, or whatever you need.
[00:30:44] Just snap the pictures, send me a message on my inbox or a messenger. And I’ll be glad to help you at one thing, I can let you know that everything that I make, everything that you see, t-shirts everything that you know is [00:31:00] 100% made with love.
[00:31:03] Kim: [00:31:03] I was just thinking that in my head. Yeah, people don’t really, you press these shirts yourself,
[00:31:11] Edgar: [00:31:11] every shirt, every shirt, hoodie.
[00:31:15] It’s done hand by hand every shirt. There’s no dope. It’s just custom made. Everything is custom made you order. I have it done same day or the next day you will have it.
[00:31:28] Kim: [00:31:28] Okay. And I can attest people. I am a customer, I’m a supporter. I DM Edgar. And I said, how can I get a hoodie? And he said, what do you want?
[00:31:38] And he made it and he had it in the mail the next day. And I had it in two days. So. I love,
[00:31:46] Edgar: [00:31:46] I love my customer and my supporters, you know, happy as I get. I have a, I get a thrill seeing, you know, the support I get. Uh, I get so much of a pleasure. Seeing [00:32:00] somebody with your logo support you is it’s, it brings so much joy because from a nice, you know, from a, uh, a dream or just a vision, and to see somebody wearing.
[00:32:12] Your vision or your local of what you’re doing for, for a good cause it’s, it brings so much Joyce that sometime, uh, every day I go through it, it’s so surreal. You know, it just it’s re you know, as we human, you know, I never thought it would just be from a dream or an idea to where I’m at today and within a year span.
[00:32:34] So it’s just been such a blessing and it’s lots of work, you know, definitely gotta put in work, but. In the end, it’s worth every bit, you know, just knowing that you’re doing it for one, for one course. And it’s just making sure that, uh, we raised the money and we make our dream. When I say our dream is when you purchase something, you are a part of team destiny.
[00:32:58] You know, it’s not only us. [00:33:00] We might be in the front line, but without your support without you guys, there’s no team destiny. So I think you guys for being so supportive and thank you for purchasing. And thank you for the opportunity. So this is a team.
[00:33:16] Kim: [00:33:16] I love it. I’m happy to be your first podcast, right?
[00:33:23] Okay. So hopefully this is the first of many people will see this. They’ll hear it. And you know of it. That’s how this run community works. You know, I know that you guys have your. Pretty new runners, but the run community, especially the New York city running community is very supportive. So the more people that know your story, the more people that will support you and help you to get to your goal.
[00:33:48] So anything that I can do to help, you know, I, I am there to contribute money, to bring awareness, anything that I can do. I’m there for you guys because. Your [00:34:00] story warmed my heart. And that’s why I had to have you on the podcast because you’re doing something for your family, for your daughter, and you know, it’s commendable, not everyone can, you know, deal with that situation and you guys are doing it.
[00:34:15] You know, I take my hat off to you.
[00:34:19] Edgar: [00:34:19] Thank you for this platform. Thank you for taking your time to give us this opportunity. And I would like to thank the Vani community and those who’ve been supportive. Um, just know that we have a passion like you guys, you know, we all are beginners and, you know, different levels, beginners, medium with pros, you know, we all equal, you know, like you said, the running community.
[00:34:42] Are supportive. So I just would like to know, let Charlie guys know that. I just want to say, thank you, please. You know, if you have the opportunity to help, you know, reach out, we are very thankful for any help. You know, we all started from the bottom and should it be ashamed to ask, you know, so [00:35:00] guys thank you for your platform.
[00:35:02] Thank you to the running community. Uh, we appreciate it. You know, any help. That can help us with team destiny or just the future. I mean, I just want to tell you, thank you in advance.
[00:35:12] Kim: [00:35:12] thank you for us. Thank you. I want to thank the two of you for being on The Run Wave Podcast. It was a pleasure having you on, I will leave all of your information in the description so people can order their T’s and hoodies.
[00:35:27] They can, even if you send me your PayPal link, I’ll put that in. If people just want to throw you some money, I’m sure they’ll do that as well.
[00:35:36] help, you know, we’re here for you. So thank you again for being on.
[00:35:42] Edgar: [00:35:42] Please, let me know if you could, um, that Achilles, um, information and everything and send me a message so I can send you a nice, beautiful teen destiny gift to you. So I appreciate your time and. Thank you for this opportunity. I mean, this is the [00:36:00] first fill and hopefully many more.
[00:36:02] And thank you once again. Thank you, Kevin
[00:36:06] Ruth: [00:36:06] people know our exploring the passion that we have for our daughter and especially for as, so thank you for giving us this platform. So the spraying and to tell our story about what we’re really doing,
[00:36:17] Edgar: [00:36:17] when you do see each one United runner and teen destiny, just know that every purchase or, or just by seeing us, please support us, give us that thumbs up and just know that we are here just to give special needs, um, or any platform, you know, disabled, you know, any platform there’s no, that there’s somebody out there.
[00:36:38] Are there to bring, you know, like just to let them know that we here, you know, you’re not alone, you know, we represented your guys, so just know. Are we going to do it together? You know, thank you so
[00:36:49] Kim: [00:36:49] much. Of course. All right. I hope you enjoyed hearing the story of East Harlem, United runners and team destiny.
[00:36:58] I will leave all of [00:37:00] their information down below. It’ll be on the website of this episode, therunwave.com/episode 40, where you can. Purchase merchandise that were go to the fun, to raise money, to buy the wheelchair for a destiny where you can just simply donate funds to this crew and to team destiny and just follow them on Instagram, follow their progress, you know, get to know Edgar and his wife, Ruth and.
[00:37:28] You know, just fall in love with them. Like I did, because this is a crew and a family that we need to get behind as a running community. So I hope you enjoy this episode. I hope you support team destiny, and I will catch you on the next one later. Thank you so much for tuning into the show. Be sure to subscribe to therunwave on your favorite podcast app and leave us a review of the show on Apple podcasts.
[00:37:57] It would have really helped me out. If you are a [00:38:00] runner that has a story to tell, and you would like to be on the show, you can email. Hello. At therunwaves.com or send us a DM on Instagram to the run wave. See you next time. .