October 10, 2016
BENEFITING: Every Mother Counts
ORGANIZER: Every Mother Counts
I'm running the 2016 Chicago Marathon in support of maternal health around the world. Though I'm not a mother, I chose to run this race in honor of a very special mom-to-be: my sweet sister-in-law, Paris. She gave birth to my first niece, Graeme Riley, on August 11. Both mom and baby are healthy, safe and happy following delivery.
I feel so blessed by the top-notch healthcare access Paris and Baby Graeme have had and will have throughout her pregnancy, but I know around the globe (even in the U.S.), other moms and babies aren't nearly as fortunate.
Did you know 800 women around the world die every day as a result of complications in pregnancy or childbirth? For every death, an average of 4 children are orphaned. The good news is that 98% of these deaths can be prevented. Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
I feel called upon to be a part of the solution by running my 5th marathon in support of Every Mother Counts.
So why am I running to raise funds for this cause instead of another type of fundraiser? Often distance is the biggest barrier these women and their families face. So many pregnant women live far away from health services around the world, and distance does make a difference. I'm running so others don't have to.
When you donate, 100% of your donation goes directly to support maternal health programs on the ground. Together, with your help and our miles, we can make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. With your help, more people can become moms, have healthy babies, live to take care of their children and make more people like me aunts :)