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May 01, 2016
BENEFITING: YES Nature to Neighborhoods
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2016
I recently got involved with a fantastic nonprofit organization here in the Bay Area that focuses on two areas we can all support: nature and community building. YES Nature to Neighborhoods provides low-income kids and families in Richmond with the opportunity to get outside and spend meaningful time in the beauty of the natual world. YES provides year-round programming and activites - including weekend-long family camps - aimed at cultivating youth and adult leaders who lead healthy, connected lives. With the support of YES, these leaders then advocate for positive change in their own neighborhoods.
Check out the video on this page to get a better sense of this important work, and be sure to visit the YES website at www.yesfamilies.org to learn more.
With your help, I'm raising funds for YES this year by running a half marathon in the Save Mt. Diablo Trails Challenge on Sunday, April 17.
This awesome race starts and ends at Castle Rock Park in Walnut Creek, a beautiful place where YES has previously held some great community events. As an added benefit, the race registration proceeds go to Save Mount Diablo, a group that is fighting to protect the natural beauty of this area. In other words, this race is a total win-win: supporting nature and stronger communities at the same time!
For me, this fundraiser has even more personal significance because it represents my journey back to health. I'm not sure how many people know this, but back in 2013 while Laura and I were living in Spain, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a chronic rheumatoid condition. I was in a lot of pain and was forced to stop all forms of exercise.
Long story short, I've gotten treatment since returning to the US, and I'm feeling pretty much back to normal - but I'll have Ankylosing for the rest of my life. It may eventually sideline me again (over the long term it can lead to fusion of the spine), but for now though, the effects are minimal and I'm taking advantage of feeling great again by getting out and being active as much as possible. When I first got back to the US, it was hard to run even a mile or two, but I've fought back to get into much better shape. Having lost my good health for a time, I have a new appreciation for the ability to get outside and run around in the great outdoors.
I hope you will help celebrate my recovery by sponsoring me in this race and making a donation to YES. It's as easy as clicking the DONATE button and filling in some quick info. Your donation goes directly to this fantastic organization. Even better, if you're feeling up to it, join me on this adventure - sign up for the race using the link above and I can invite you to become a team member on my Crowdrise page. We'll see how much we can raise together. If you're interested, shoot me an email at email@example.com. The more the merrier!
Thanks so much for your support - I've already begun training and am loving the chance to get out and run on the beautiful trails of the Bay Area. By donating to YES, you'll help incredibly deserving kids and families get out and enjoy the wonder of nature - something everyone should have the opportunity to do.
Thanks again and lots of love to you all,