BENEFITING: BARKA FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 49
Run Howard Run, Part II
NYC Marathon 2012!
Boston was amazing! I completed 26.2 miles in 4 hours, 50 minutes, and 39 seconds amid scorching heat that reached 90 degrees. I went in with nothing to prove and nothing to lose.
I thought I could... but now I know I can.
Time to look towards fall, get myself back in racing shape and join Team All for Africa and raising money for the BARKA Foundation, who are drilling wells and creating water sanitation and hygiene facilities in Burkina Faso, Africa. Burkina Faso is a small, landlocked African nation, one of the poorest on the planet. To give you an idea their GDP per capita is $1200. The USA is over $48000 by comparison. There is tremendous need for clean water projects here, to prevent disease and promote economic activities.
In some remote villages, the young women carry large jugs of water each day up to 7km from home to the nearest water source. This journey is not only dangerous, but prevents these women from getting an education because their day and energy are entirely consumed. Local water projects will keep them in school and allow them to participate in the village economy.
As many of you know, I am endeavoring to become an Osteopathic Physician here in New York City. As osteopathic medical students, we are trained to participate in medicine hands on, and to engage our patients' minds, bodies, and spirits in the healing process. Here is why running and supporting a cause like this matters to me:
I run, to push myself that much further or faster each time. I am no Olympian, but the truest competition is one's own potential, wherever that may be. I hope to instill in my patients that same spirit one day, drawing on my own experience starting from a worse physical state. Medicine in the 21st century will not focus on fixing the acute condition, but on the steps every one of us can take each day to keep things going right. Why not start with yourself?
That being said, one must keep in perspective the monuments privilege it is to be able to study and one day practice the art of healing. Perhaps most fundamental to this should be the cognizance that MEDICINE MEANS NOTHING UNLESS A PEOPLE'S BASIC NEEDS ARE MET FIRST! Clean water, reliable food supplies, freedom from war or oppression, access to education. Things All for Africa and the BARKA Foundation actively work to achieve in Burkina Faso, for which I am honored to race in support.
Please consider joining me in this cause with a contribution at any level you feel comfortable! Thank you! Every dollar counts toward improving lives in villages a world away!
If the $10 minimum for using this site is above your ability, please consider contributing to me via cash, check, or PayPal. Or show your support by joining me for a training run, or just by cheering me on come race day on November 4th!
Learn more about the BARKA Foundation and Burkina Faso at: www.BARKAFoundation.org!
Also, please check out my page on the All for Africa network to learn more about other great projects in Africa that runners will be racing for here in New York! Click Here!