Ness Madeiros wrote -
I have decided to run a marathon. Without my shoes. I’m doing this to raise money for the Face Forward Fund, an organization that performs surgeries on kids with clefts who would otherwise not have access to surgery. Kids with unrepaired clefts have trouble eating and speaking and rarely get a chance to lead a normal life. Face Forward Fund provides free surgical treatment to children in developing countries to help eliminate cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities worldwide.