Steve Kostoff is a caring guy. His thoughtfulness for others carries through from both his work life to his leisure time, so when his supervisor at Suffolk Bus Corp. asked him to run in the NYC Marathon to support Mission United he didn't have to give it a second thought.
Steve works for Suffolk Bus Corp. as an ADA Bus Driver. His days are spent transporting people with disabilities who cannot drive on their own. Steve says that “I find the work humbling. Anyone of us could be in a similar situation, and it is my pleasure to assist my passengers.”
Steve has helped others through his running. Last year he competed in his father's honor in the New York City Triathlon. Steve commented, “My dad has Parkinson’s disease, and I decided to do the race on behalf of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. It was a rewarding experience.”
Through his employment at Suffolk Bus Corp., has supported United Way of Long Island throughout the years. He did not know a great deal about the Mission United program but turned himself into a quick expert!
Steve said that “As soon as I heard Mission United was the program I would be running for, I went right to the United Way website to learn all I could about their work.” Steve was impressed with how veterans are served by Mission United. He reflected, “Many of these men and women went overseas to fight for us, now they have to come back and in many cases fight for themselves to receive care. Any way I can help to raise funds or get the word out is important.”
In his daily work he has come to know many of the stories of veterans and their special needs. He often transports disabled veteran to the VA Medical Center in Northport for medical appointments.
Steve has run in many 5K and 10K races and a couple half marathons. This will be his first full marathon. He plans to run in those races throughout the summer while also increasing his weekly training leading up to the November race.
Steve is not only excited about running for Mission United, but also for the support he is receiving from Suffolk Bus Corp. He is entirely dedicated to his employer and their philosophy to helping others. Steve said that, “I have been with Suffolk Bus Corp. for over 12 years and have seen their commitment to United Way of Long Island and those they help. Suffolk Bus Corp. treats their employees with great respect. In addition to Mission United, I have an added motivation to run well on behalf of the company.”
John Corrado, President of Suffolk Bus Transportation Services is pleased to support Steve’s efforts and those of Mission United. He commented, “To have the chance to see an exemplary employee like Steve compete is is truly inspiring. Not only will he have our organizations’ support, but I am certain that his colleagues will rally around him on his journey to the finish line.”
Steve is excited to be running in one of the world’s premier marathons. But his motivation go even further then competing for Mission United and Suffolk Bus Corp. For many years, Steve’s wife has gone to the race to watch her brother compete. This year it will be Minnie’s turn to watch her husband Steve run.
And that makes him happy!