St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst, together with the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, held their second annual “Remember Me Run” last Saturday to help raise money for the children of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and subsequently, due to working on the remains at the World Trade Center.
There was a memorial service following the run in the All Souls Chapel. The “Remember Me Run” brought together elected leaders, FDNY and NYPD officials as well as families of lost loved ones.
A group of more than 50 runners ran a two-mile lap around St. Michael’s Cemetery in the first “Remember Me Run” last year.
The fund supports scholarships for young men and women who lost their parents in the World Trade Center.
Cemetery Director of Community Relations Ed Horn has worked to continue the mission of retired FDNY Chief Alexander Santora and his wife, Maureen. Their son, Christopher, was a firefighter who died in the attacks.
“This is something that we will continue to do for years to come,” Al Santora said. “As the years pass by more and more children and relatives of those lost on September 11 will need financial assistance to go to college and make something of themselves. In the future the amount of people needing help might become overwhelming.”
The 2013 Christopher Santora Scholarship winners are: Cara Cunningham, PS 122; Valentina Rios and Steven DeCrescenzo, IS 141; Shupti Biswas, PS 122 Academy; John Hemple, Bayside Academy; Carolina Fernandez, Long Island City High School; Nicholas Galatis, George Crethan and Dave Smith, CCC Scholarship; Enrin Joyce, Battalion 9; Jesse Bloecker, Engine 307; Kaela Diamond, Engine 298; Arianna Moriarty, Engine 260 and Laura Kearns, Ladder 56.