Courtney Formicola recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame and is currently enrolled at Columbia University in a Clinical Psychology graduate program. Her focus is on children with developmental disabilities and their families.
Courtney joined Team NDSS with an abundance of enthusiasm after signing up to run her first half-marathon in honor of her brother, Tommy, who has Down syndrome. A lot of Courtney’s motivation stems from the date of the race, which falls on St. Patrick’s Day, a favorite holiday of Notre Dames' Fighting Irish, but most comes from Tommy, who serves as her inspiration. Courtney is quick to tell her supporters that “Tommy is my inspiration for perseverance and achievement in spite of any obstacles that may be present. It's his positive attitude and ability to overcome hardships that have motivated me to try something quite challenging.”
Courtney set up her fundraising page in the NDSS Your Way Compete section and has raised $950 to date. Her goal is to raise $5,000 by the race on March 17 and hopes that all of her training will pay off. NDSS thanks Courtney for bringing so much positive energy to Team NDSS and wishes her luck in her first race.