EVENT DATE: Jul 03, 2015
"WE MAKE A LIVING BY WHAT WE GET, BUT WE MAKE A LIFE BY WHAT WE GIVE" - WINSTON CHURCHILL
Joe and I are choosing to forego a traditional wedding registry. We have selected four charities that are important to us for those who wish to give us something. Additionally, any gifts we do receive, we will be offsetting by donating the value to charity.
Team in Training:
3 years ago, I (Kathy) ran my first marathon in San Diego. It was one of the best experiences of my life for a few reasons: 1) finishing an actual marathon was a huge goal of mine and 2) it was my introduction to Team in Training (TNT). The Rock and Roll marathon in San Diego is the largest TNT event, and throughout my race I was constantly being cheered and supported by TNT coaches and team members. The last miles were especially rough on me, around mile 22, Blane and I started running with a TNT group from Kansas City. Their coach gave us advice, they gave us some music to listen to and really helped us finish the race. I was so inspired by the people and the mission (raising money to help cure blood cancers), that I signed up for my next marathon 3 days later. Since then, I have ran 4 races (5 total marathons) with TNT, became the corporate team captain for my company, and have raised over $25,000 dollars. Team in Training is an organization that fundraises for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, since 1988 they have raised over 1 billion dollars to fund research for cures for cancer, and have helped with the creation of some of today’s most successful treatment options such as Gleevec®, Velcade® and Dacogen®.
There are not many things Joe openly loves, nature and wildlife however, are two things he does so with much conviction. This love affair began when his father, an avid hiker and botanist, took Joe on “death hikes” at a young age. They would wander all through Northern California in search of rare plants and to observe native wildlife. At the time, Joe showed open disdain for such things. However, it would turn out that Joe inherited this love of nature from his father. In addition to his love of wildlife and nature; perhaps because he was raised in Berkeley, or maybe for the tax breaks, Joe has also developed a love for charitable giving. Every year he donates to this charity in hopes that he can help keep Patagonia National Park clean and safe. Joe and I were also able to visit the park, and it remains one of our favorite places in the world. Joe was also able to meet the founder recently due to our continuing support which was really exciting! Read more about the cause here: http://www.conservacionpatagonica.org/home.htm
We were introduced to the founder of Nuru though a friend and former coworker of Joe’s. The founder, Jake Harriman, a former US Marine served over seven years as a platoon commander in both the Infantry and a Special Operations unit called Force Recon. Jake’s personal experiences fighting the War on Terror convinced him that extreme poverty is a contributing factor to terrorism. To fight terrorism and insurgency from another angle, Jake left his career in the Marine Corps and enrolled at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) to build an organization that could ultimately rid the world of extreme poverty in our lifetime. Jake is a super inspiring person, and we have been donating to his cause since we met him. Read more about the organization here: http://www.nuruinternational.org/
While there is no personal connection to the Unicef organization, Kathy chose this organization because they are so large and have the ability to make a difference in the world. It makes her physically ill to know that in our advanced society, there are children (and people) who do not have access to basic resources such as clean water or immunizations. http://www.unicefusa.org/