Runners Raise over $79,000 for First Descents at TCS New York City Marathon

November 9, 2023

DENVER, Colorado (November 9, 2023)First Descents is thrilled to announce that 22 passionate individuals raced in the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon as part of the Out Living It Project, raising over $79,000 to support the nonprofit organization that provides life-changing outdoor adventure experiences to young adults impacted by cancer and multiple sclerosis.

The 22 dedicated runners not only challenged themselves physically but also raised awareness and much-needed funds. With more runners supporting First Descents than ever before at the world’s biggest marathon, the nonprofit far exceeded its fundraising goals for the event. Many of the runners are alumni who have personally experienced the transformative power of the organization’s adventure programs.

“We are immensely proud of this year’s team who participated in the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Ryan O’Donoghue, CEO at First Descents. “Their dedication to our mission is truly inspiring, and we felt honored to celebrate their contribution at the finish line on Sunday.”

The funds raised by First Descents’ marathon team will directly support the organization’s ongoing efforts to provide free programming. Every dollar raised will help extend the reach of their programs and enable more individuals to experience the healing power of adventure.

To support First Descents’ marathon team and its mission, you can visit the fundraising page. Donations, big or small, will make a meaningful difference in the lives of young adults dealing with cancer or MS, their caregivers, and healthcare workers in those fields.



First Descents (FD) is a leader in adventure-based healing. Through outdoor adventure, community building, and lifestyle development, FD improves long-term survivorship and quality of life for young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. Headquartered in Denver, First Descents has served more than 10,000 participants over the last 20 years. Beginning in 2020, First Descents launched programs for healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19. All services are fully-adaptive and free of charge. A Guidestar Platinum-ranked nonprofit, First Descents has been recognized on CNN Heroes and Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work.