RMS Student Colin Devlin Runs for Those Who Cannot

Colin Devlin, a 7th grade student at Rye Middle School, raised over $2,000 in pledges for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund by – as he put it – “running for those that can’t”. The 12-year-old finished his three-mile trek November 7 at the Playland pier with high hopes of creating additional awareness for a cause that provides financial support for dependents of U.S. military personnel lost in the performance of duty, as well as wounded warriors.

“I’m happy and proud and want to do it again next year,” said Colin. “During the run I felt like Jell-o, but I knew that I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to.”

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Robert Kelly, Colin Devlin, and Jack Carlson finish the three-mile run at Playland pier

The precocious student was inspired by the summer reading assignment, “Three Cups of Tea”. In the true story told in the book, American Greg Mortenson, after somehow surviving a botched K2 climb, is nursed back to health by denizens of a poor Pakistani village. It then becomes his mission to give back by building schools in the area, hoping to offset Taliban extremism in a land where anti-Americanism is rampant.

Given the option of turning in a standard book report or participating in a fundraiser, Colin never looked back. Running with him were Robert Kelly, a paramedic in the south Bronx’s Battalion 14, and Jack Carlson, Head Instructor at the New York City EMS Academy.

“I thought it was a great idea,” said Carlson. “I’m proud of the fact that someone so young took such a vested interest in people who have sacrificed for our country.”

Kelly also beamed when reflecting on what Colin accomplished.

“He really honored himself, his family, and our country’s warriors,” said Kelly. “You can only hope when a young person takes such a passionate stance that it inspires more kids – and adults – to do the same, because it isn’t getting easier for our troops.”

For more information, go to fallenheroesfund.org, where you can donate directly. You can also contribute to Colin’s fundraising efforts by sending a check to the Devlins at 2 Park Lane in Rye, with “Colin’s Run” written in the memo.

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