A Gambler Gets A Second Chance: The Fall And Rise Of Terence Gerchberg


Terry is a compulsive gambler who hit “rock bottom” at the age of 30 when he lost nearly $1 million in a 36-hour period in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But he got himself into rehab, shifted gears from gambling to running and got his life together. This Fall he will run his 16th consecutive New York City Marathon.

Terry’s love of running extends into his new position/career as Executive Director of the New York Chapter of Back On My Feet. As Terry describes it: “Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running and community support to help our members get employed and housed. Our members run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 in the morning. And if achieve a 90% attendance record in the first month, they get into our Next Steps program. That’s where the secret sauce is. That’s where we really can help overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.”

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