FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ - With vacation season in full swing, one New Jersey resident is about to embark on the cross-country trip of a lifetime.

On Friday, Dr. Larry Grogin will set out on a 1,100 mile run that will take him from McBride Park in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey to Ventura, California.

“It’s not gonna be a story about the Larry Grogin run, it’s a story about America,” says Grogin in his promo video. It’s a story about the people I get to meet.”

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Grogin, a 63-year-old Franklin Lakes native, is a chiropractor, acupuncturist and avid runner.  A veteran of the 2012 Boston Marathon bombing, he ran from his home to Boston for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, an organization that provides opportunities for children with serious illnesses to experience the transformational spirit of summer camp.  This summer, he is using his philanthropic spirit to support Paterson.

Grogin is running for Oasis - A Haven for Women and Children. Oasis is a non-profit organization assisting over 700 women, teens, and children living in need in the Greater Paterson area break the cycle of poverty through programs designed to feed, clothe, educate and empower.  Supporting Oasis is Grogin’s way to help unite a broken country, he said.

The mothers we serve at Oasis come here every day and do remarkable things, things made possible by the support of friends like Larry,” CEO of Oasis Jen Brady said. “We often say that anything is possible, and while a cross-country run seems like an impossible feat, we know that Larry, with the support of friends all across the US, is going to pull of this amazing feat.”

“We couldn’t be more grateful!”

Lamenting what he sees as “a nation so divided with people that are frustrated and angry and confused,” Grogin, who is hoping that others will join him for various legs of the run said that his run is “gonna be a race of inclusion,” a trait common through Oasis’ efforts, Brady added.

“Larry’s run is focused on showcasing that the diversity, a diversity that is reflected in the women and children who attend Oasis programs, is what makes our country great.” 

Click here to donate to Dr. Larry Grogin’s effort.

 

Casey Ferrante is entering her second year at Georgetown and is an intern for TAPinto Paterson.

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