In the year 2000 I flew from the U.K to the United States and completed a run from Denver to San Francisco.
I fell in love with the U.S and the people because of their kindness & how much they supported me. I decided that I wanted to create a bigger event that would help more people.
I designed this running, walking & cycling event in the shape of the American flag to show my gratitude and respect for the American people.
My biggest running inspiration was Canadian Terry Fox who initially raised $1 for every Canadian and went on to raise over $ 600 million.
It made me think of possibilities. I even thought wouldn't it be great if the American and British people could achieve what the Canadian's have achieved.
When I left school, I failed my 1.5 mile basic army run, was bullied and was voted fattest person in the troop.
My greatest joy in life now is helping others believe that they can achieve great things no matter where they are now. Your life can have meaning and purpose and little actions every day day turn into great things.
Over the next 7 years I will Run Walk and cycle 7 times across the United States for 7 Awesome Charities.
So whether you love America or you simply want to make a difference to people's lives around the world please donate.
You can even join me for a few miles or challenge me virtually by being one of my Crowdrise team members. You can be in your home town running, walking on the road, treadmill, bike etc.
"I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I will not refuse to do something I can do." - Helen Keller