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Charles Dillay

Charles Dillay
Howell, MI United States
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Run with Purpose!  

     Last year, I learned about The Hope Water Project soon after The Detroit Free Press Marathon.  I was emotionally impacted by a regional lack of a fundamental element of life...  Water.  Water, something we all take for granted and is plentiful in our region but not in others.

     The Pokot people of Western Kenya, Africa are mostly without clean drinking water.  I felt a strong motivation to help spread awareness about the huge impact that Hope Water Project is providing by drilling and installing wells.  A basic, non electric, hand pump well that will provide a clean source of water to sustain, not just a family, but an entire community.  

     I started running  5 years ago.  Motivated by my wife, Kristy, I decided to work through my hatred and inability to run.  We ran together and shared our experience.  Soon after, Kristy was diagnosed with breast cancer, in her early 30's.  This had a tremendous impact on her, our young family, and myself.  Through multiple years of treatment, chemo and surgery, I found a way to keep running.  Running helped to stabilize myself , control my fear, and focus my care for my wife and family.  I don't know how, but the simple act of running had started from something I despised to something I depended on.  

At the time, I had no idea why I ran.  

I look back and I know, I ran with purpose.  

     Starting with my wife, carrying me through our hardships, and continuing on today.  Kristy is cancer free and has returned to running.  Kristy and I are running, both of us to help share what help running can provide. 

I have purpose.  

I run with purpose.  

I run for the Hope Water Project.  

     I am training and will run my first marathon in Detroit this fall.  I am dedicating my efforts and time to raise awareness and money for the Hope Water Project.  Please help with a donation to the Hope Water Project.  With you support, we can accomplish great things


Wishing you health, happiness, and the ability to help others.

Thank You,

Charles Dillay



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81% Raised of $1,000 Goal