November 07, 2017
BENEFITING: Every Mother Counts
ORGANIZER: Every Mother Counts
EVENT DATE: Nov 05, 2017
This past summer, while I was deliberating on another marathon run on behalf of Every Mother Counts and veering toward a hard pass (running 26.2 miles does not come easy to me!), Nicholas Kristoff published a timely article outlining the startling maternal mortality rate here in the US. It was a jolting reminder that pregnant women, both here and around the world, are far too often risking their lives in childbirth, and far too frequently, needlessly so.
A few quick facts:
99% of maternal deaths occur in the developing world
The US ranks 46th worldwide in terms of maternal health
Up to 98% of these deaths are PREVENTABLE
EMC provides pregnant women with education, care, and transport
I realized that if I could run - I should run.
Recent tragic weather events and the ongoing attacks on funding have placed women in an even more perilous position. The work of Every Mother Counts has benefitted women all over the world; projects include procurement and installation of solar suitcases to provide power at birthing centers, a new ambulance for the HOPE Foundation affording transport for the refugees of Rohinga, and ongoing funding to the stellar work being done Commonsense Childbirth in central Florida. From Tanzania to Haiti to our own backyard, the money raised by EMC saves the lives of women and gives newborns a healthy start.
Access to care during pregnancy and childbirth is imperative in saving the lives of mothers. I hope you’ll join me in increasing that access.
Please help me meet my fundraising goal by visiting my CrowdRise PAGE and giving in any amount you can.
The world is in a frustrating state at the moment and so much of it seems out of our control. Instead of the hard pass, I count myself fortunate that, in this small way, I can take the actionable path; EMC’s running initiative is meant to illustrate that distance is often the greatest barrier to care. I hope you’ll join me in bridging that distance for women in need here and around the world. Please donate here.
Thank you for your support, time, and as always, friendship!