After Courtney Newman and her husband Mike retired from running marathons for various cancer fundraising events a few years ago, they decided to keep giving back by creating the organization Steps Together.
Steps Together is a third-party organization that brings the beneficiaries who need help and people that want to help together.
“We put the framework out and whoever needed us can join up; and the work is the same whether we do it for one family or we do it for 10.” Courtney Newman said. “[The beneficiaries] don’t have a way to ask their friends to say can you help us out. But this gave them the tool they needed to be able to ask it.”
People donate $25 to the beneficiary of their choosing to sign up and get weekly newsletters via email from the Steps Together team. They also can come to their morning marathon training meetings on Saturday mornings at Duke Island Park.
This year, Steps Together is participating in the Steeplechase Distance Run on Sept. 30 at the in Hillsborough. They have raised almost $5,000 for the event.
Even if you can’t run a marathon, you can still help out.
“A lot of people are kind of thinking ‘I’m not a runner, I can’t do it,’ " Courtney Newman said. "But a lot of our team last year was walkers. There are kids’ events, so it’s really a family-oriented event.”
Last year, Courtney and Mike Newman raised money for a teacher that suffered from brain cancer in the Hillsborough Township School District.
"He was a friend from high school but I haven’t seen him in 10 years," Courtney Newman said. "I knew he had kids the same age as mine. My husband and I had the ability to raise funds and do this sort of thing so we contacted the family and together we rallied everybody up and provided the framework and 800 people came out to walk and run for him.”
Going into its second year, Courtney and Mike Newman have raised almost $5,000 dollars for their eight beneficiaries that they’re sponsoring for the event. The beneficiaries are from all over the state: Hillsborough, Phillipsburg, Glen Gardner, Flemington and Edison.
For more information about the Steeplechase, Steps Together, or the beneficiaries involved with Steps Together, visit www.steps-together.com.