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Brian Palmer - OK200 2017

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THE STORY:

Dear Family and Friends, Thursday & Friday, June 29th and 30th, I will be running as part of the Okoboji 200 mile running relay team to raise money and awareness to fight human trafficking in Central Iowa and Nepal. Most of the participants in this event will be bicycling all 200 miles on Friday but there is a group of us who would rather run it. So to get a head start on them, we will begin Thursday evening and run through the night. Many in our group have personally met women from Nepal who were rescued from sex trafficking. They have heard their stories, from the horrors of torture of sex trafficking, to the joys of being rescued, to the successes of going on to be leaders in their communities. However, please realize this is not just a problem in third world countries. This is a problem right here, right now in central Iowa and around the United States. Just last month the Des Moines Register reported on a man charged with human trafficking of an underage victim from Marshalltown. There is also the extremely disturbing story of a 13 year old girl right here in Des Moines who was being sold for sex by family "friends" while her mother was away at work. Because of this local need, the Okoboji 200 helps financially support restoration homes here in Des Moines that serve teens and youth recovered from the sex trafficking industry with residential staff who are trained to provide a safe, therapeutic, healing home environment. These tragic stories are not easy to talk about, but the reality is, if we don't talk about and act on it, this horrible injustice continues. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing." -Edmund Burke There is much more information about the organization, the problem and aim to find solutions at http://okoboji200.org/why-we-ride/ This summer, I'm running 200 miles with my team. I will push myself physically, but I do not ask you to donate because I am running. I ask you to donate to create more stories of rescue, renewal, and restoration. Please note that 100% of your donations will go directly to support the cause and is tax deductible. This event has raised over $220,000 in the last 5 years with $110,000 of that being raised in 2016. Our goal this year is $150,000! I am humbled and grateful for your generous support. Please help us "Stop the Traffic." Sincerely, Brian Palmer

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  • Jimmy Navarro

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  • Elliott Family

    $25

  • Emily & Brent Kell

    $50

  • Gibson family

    $25

  • Stacy Farr

    $25

  • Bill & Cindy Olson

    $25

  • Jeremy Dunlavey

    $25

  • Dean & Marcia

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Dana Kramer

    $25

  • Shawn Miller

    $25

  • Matt and Linda DeJong

    $50

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Donor Comments

Matt and Linda DeJong

Matt and Linda DeJong

DONATION: $50

1 month ago

Shawn Miller

Shawn Miller

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Dana Kramer

Dana Kramer

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Dean & Marcia

Dean & Marcia

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Jeremy Dunlavey

Jeremy Dunlavey

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Bill & Cindy Olson

Bill & Cindy Olson

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Stacy Farr

Stacy Farr

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Gibson family

Gibson family

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Emily & Brent Kell

Emily & Brent Kell

DONATION: $50

Happy running, Brian! 2 months ago