"You have to apply yourself every day and it takes a great level of discipline," Cuff says, "If you want it that bad, you'll do it."
The 25-year-old Brooklyn man grew up in six different foster care homes, and is currently training for the New York City Marathon.
"It controls my anger. I used to get very impatient. I didn't have a great level of tolerance and patience growing up," Cuff says.
Cuff finished the marathon last year, but this year he is training even harder.
Last year, Cuff says that when he hit Queens, he "hit the wall" - his thigh muscles and calf muscles tightened up. "It's not as easy as people think," Cuff adds.
David Kamnitzer is the Senior Vice President at the Institute for Community Living, where he works with Cuff. Together, they are are taking therapy one stride at a time.
"When you're dealing with someone with a history of mental illness and trauma and abandonment, what's most important is to appreciate the importance of trust," said Kamnitzer, "for he and I, it was about building that." Cuff now helps younger children - he says that running is a way to show them that there are no limits. Cuff has raised nearly $1,000. The bad news is, he needs $2,500.
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