This is my first marathon. I have to admit that the idea of traveling 26.2 miles on my own legs sounds intimidating (on a good day--on a bad day it sounds downright preposterous!). But with the right training, and my family and friends as cheerleaders, I know I can do it. And while crossing the finish line will feel good, the real reward for me is supporting Minds Matter, a not-for-profit organization that prepares accomplished high school students from low-income families for college success.
I’ll train for a few weeks for the marathon, but Minds Matter students will spend 3 entire years of high school working toward the goal (for many) of being the first in their family to attend college. I’ll get up early for a few training runs, but they’ll get up early every single Saturday of high school (they are teenagers, after all!) to attend writing, critical thinking, and test prep classes.
I’ve had people tell me it’s inspiring that I’m running the marathon, but I honestly feel like it’s nothing compared to what I’ve seen Minds Matter students accomplish. I sincerely hope you’ll join me in supporting their amazing journeys by donating to this important cause. A gift of any size will help pay for the students’ summer programs, provide much needed books, and cover the cost of college applications and testing fees. Every dollar makes a difference!
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