Welcome to my fundraising page! My name is Julia Edwards, and I'm a sophomore at Smith College. I'm looking forward to training for, fundraising for, and running the 2013 Boston Marathon, and I hope you will support me!
I will be running 26.2 miles on April 15 in memory of my brother, John B. Edwards III, who was training to run the 2008 Boston Marathon when he passed away. John was an amazing son, brother, and human, and he inspired me in so many ways. Since 2007, I have been proud to run and raise money for some awesome charities in his name. This year, I am running for the American Medical Athetic Association.
John strongly believed in helping others, especially through advancements in science, medicine, and healthcare. I have accordingly teamed up with the American Medical Atheletic Association (AMAA) to help fight against youth obesity in the U.S., and I'm very excited to support this important cause.
Over 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, 15 percent are obese, and three out of five children ages nine to 13 don't participate in sports or other coached physical activities outside of school. These overweight and unfit children are more likely to remain unhealthy in adulthood and have an increased risk for developing life-threatening medical conditions such as Type II diabetes and heart disease.
Donations made on my behalf will help me reach my goal of running the Boston Marathon and will allow AMAA and the American Running Association (its sister organization) to support their joint "Youth Fitness Programs Campaign." The campaign's central national event is the "National Run A Mile Days" which takes place the first week in May each year. Training materials and onsite incentives are provided to all participants.
Please consider donating. Any amount will help me get closer to my goal of running the Boston Marathon and will support these two non-profit organizations as they work hard to deter youth obesity through fun and motivating programs.
I thank you wholeheartedly for your support - none of this would be possible without you. I look forward to running the 2013 Boston Marathon for John, the AMAA, and the fight to end childhood obesity.