Everything happens for a reason!
In late 2014, I was involved in an online scam that started in a Facebook running group. I was saddened to realize there are actually runners out there that would take advantage of other runners. I truly love this sport and hate to see it being taken advantage of.
But like I said…everything happens for a reason and because of the situation I met a remarkable man named Michael Isherwood, Chair of the Board for the Burma Humanitarian Mission.
We talked a lot and he told me about his passion for helping the people of Burma.
The mission of this charity is to support community-based backpack medics who administer village healthcare services in Burma, grass-roots education that empowers the youth of Burma, and projects that promote cross-cultural collaboration with refugees from Burma living in the U.S.
The Burma Humanitarian Mission was established in 1992 and is a charitable organization that also provides funds for computers, school supplies, teacher salaries, clothes, blankets, toys, etc…
The Run for Burma Team is embarking on their 7th year participating in the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington D.C. on October 25th, 2015!
I was honored when Michael asked me to be a part of the 2015 team!! Like I said, everything happens for a reason and meeting my “scammer” connected me to this amazing cause! So this October, I will run the Marine Corps Marathon – 26.2 miles through our Nation’s capital for the people of Burma. I can’t wait to join more 30,000 runners in this amazing endeavor!
As you would expect, completing such a run is a phenomenal undertaking. I am fortunate to have the good health and support to pursue it and know this is one race I will remember for a lifetime!
I also realize that this is a chance to translate this event into an opportunity to help others. The “Run For Burma” team is dedicated to raise awareness and funds for a wonderful non-profit — Burma Humanitarian Mission (www.burmamission.org).
Running this marathon is more than a personal goal — it’s a journey worth every step — because my effort will positively impact the lives of those suffering from violence and abuse.You may have heard that positive changes have come to Burma. It’s true, there are some positive signs – Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to Parliament and traveled to Europe to accept her Noble Peace Prize.
However, in eastern and northern Burma, the regime has continued its violence against the ethnic minorities. As one example, on January 20th of this year, soldiers of the Burma army raped and murdered two volunteer school teachers in northern Burma. The regime has isolated these conflict zones and provide no medical support.
In this environment, without medical care, one in seven children die before their 5th birthday while 1 in 12 mothers dies as a result of childbirth – a rate 54 times higher than in the U.S. Malaria, an illness that is curable, is the leading cause of death. 60% of all children’s’ deaths could be prevented with basic medicine.
Collectively, we will raise money to fund medical training and supplies for backpack medics who travel through the jungles of eastern Burma, treating ethnic groups oppressed by the Burmese junta. Each $1 will buy 50 doses of medicine. $5 will cure a pregnant woman of malaria – saving 2 lives. $25 will buy the penicillin needed for a backpack medic team for six months – treating 2,000 people.
This year Burma Humanitarian Mission will train two-thirds of all new medics while providing a million doses of medicine. Where the backpack medics can reach, deaths from dysentery are down by 51% and from malaria are down by 48%.
I know that connecting with the Burma Foundation was more than chance…it was meant to happen. I was meant to run on this team and to reach out to my family, friends, and amazing social network to raise money for this cause.
Will you considering supporting me by sponsoring me $1, $2, $3, $4 or $5 for each mile I run on October 25th? Or, you can make straight dollar commitment. EVERYTHING HELPS! Please donate what you can..even if it’s only a few dollars. Your support is tax deductible and Burma Humanitarian Mission will provide you the necessary paperwork.
If you can help…even in the smallest way..please click here to make a donation. My initial goal is to raise $2000 for the people of Burma but I would love to CRUSH this amount! Everything counts so please take a moment and donate what you can.