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Greg Spears' Fundraiser:

Running to ELIMINATE Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus

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BENEFITING: Kiwanis International Foundation, Inc.

EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2012

Mileage Tracker: 35

Greg Spears


The race date: October 13, 2013.

I have signed up for my first marathon, and I have decided to run for a cause other than myself. To help make this fun, at my expense, I am open for ideas to do for reaching certain milestones ($500, $750, $1000).

Being able to help others in my local community is very energizing for me.  I am actively involved in Kiwanis, our motto is "Serving the Children of The World". Even though this is not in our local community, it is a great feeling to part of this. I ask for your help by donating whatever amount you feel appropriate, and in the comment section please put "The ELIMINATE Project on behalf of the Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb."  

Here is information about the ELIMINATE Project below:

In 30 countries around the world, maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) can quickly turn the joy of childbirth into tragedy. MNT kills one baby every nine minutes. Its effects are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. There is little hope of survival. And tetanus kills mothers too.

MNT is caused when tetanus spores, found in soil everywhere, come into contact with open cuts during childbirth. The disease strikes the poorest of the poor, the geographically hard to reach and those without health care.

 MNT is highly preventable. Just three doses of a 60-cent immunization protect mothers, who then pass on the immunity to their future babies. Together, Kiwanis and UNICEF can stop this disease.

More than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.

It is unacceptable that innocent newborns and their mothers suffer and die from MNT when it can be prevented so easily. This is also an amazing opportunity to reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with lifesaving health care. Developing delivery systems for MNT vaccines will blaze a trail to provide additional desperately needed services to these marginalized families.

Hand in hand, Kiwanis and UNICEF will eliminate MNT and change the world. Kiwanis' commitment, vision and strength in reaching communities and leaders will help wipe out this cruel, centuries-old disease and pave the way for other interventions. UNICEF has staff working in the most isolated corners of the globe and an unbeatable supply chain.



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