I'm running my first marathon in memory of my mom, Darlene Ayres, who passed away on December 14, 2014, and to raise money for the causes she supported.
My mom was a public health and community nurse for much of her career. The issues that she faced and fought stemmed from one pervasive and systemic factor: barriers to healthcare, especially those imposed by race, gender, marital status, ethnicity, immigration status, age, and income.
I chose Planned Parenthood as the beneficiary of this run because it addresses all of these issues and the ways they intersect.
The mission of Planned Parenthood is to:
- provide comprehensive reproductive and healthcare services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual
- advocate public policies that ensure access to such services
- provide educational programs that enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality
- promote research and technology in reproductive healthcare and encourage understanding of the inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications of reproductive health
My mom earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from San Franscisco State University and began her career as an ER nurse at San Francisco General Hospital, so running this particular marathon in her honor feels doubly rewarding. I will be able to raise funds for the causes she supported and run in her footsteps as I do it.
Thank you, mom.
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