One of the most interesting and compelling people I met during my 10 years at the Herald News was Gian Paul Gonzalez, a native of North Haledon, N.J. who was a Division III All-American at Montclair State.
Check out the story below I wrote on Gonzalez a few years back. In it, Gonzalez talks about how he discovered his mother’s doctor advised her to have an abortion when she was pregnant with him because she had German measles.
Anyway, given how much I know about Gonzalez and his faith, it didn’t surprise me too much to learn that he will undertake something truly remarkable on Sunday.
Gonzalez plans to dribble a basketball through the entire 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon in order to raise awareness and money for Ball 4 Lives, an organization in partnership with Bethesda Outreach, which provides care and funds to orphans in South Africa whose parents have died of AIDS. To prepare for Sunday, Gonzalez recently dribbled from the George Washington Bridge to down town Jersey City.