BENEFITING: Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
Bruk is a competitive young refugee, who recently arrived in the United States. Born in Ethiopia, he and his family moved to Eritrea when he was 11 years old. Always an athlete, he was a part of the Eritrean cycling team. He competed across the country and even in Sudan. He was conscripted to the military. When he refused to join the military he fled the country at the age of 20.
Now at age 26, he arrived in the Denver as a refugee (someone who has fled their home country due to well founded persecution) just two weeks ago. He was resettled by the Refugee & Asylee Programs of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, and will be supported by services that will set him on the path to self-sufficiency through employment. He’s been reunited with his uncle, sister and brother, who have whole-heartedly welcomed him to his new home.
Although he ran some in high school, he has never run in an official race. His dream is to run, eventually to run in a marathon. When he heard about Lutheran Family Services partnership with the Colfax Marathon, he declared that he wanted to run. The agency quickly posted on social media for the need of a sponsor to help pay registration fees. Three people from our community came forward and offered to help. A lucky group of friends who are themselves active runners are the proud sponsors of Bruk’s first race. This year he will be running for Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains to share his story and spread awareness about refugees while competing in the 10Miler. After he settles into his new life, he dreams of a nice comfortable life and hopes to return to cycling and becoming a photographer.