In a world where there are so many wonderful charities in need it can be difficult to decide where to best put one’s efforts and resources. Of course, there is never a wrong or right answer for which you choose as long as it feels right to you. After all, in the words of Mother Teresa… “Its not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
Combining two of my life’s passions, working with children with disabilities and running, I chose the Friends4Michael Foundation and the Marine Corp Marathon as my charity and event of choice this year. Inspired by events of the more recent past both personally and globally I looked for a way, besides my work, to give back for all that I have been given and to help encourage a little faith in humanity. I read the story behind the Friends4 Michael foundation and it truly touched my heart. I thought it demonstrated true acts of faith, selflessness, and kindness during life’s most trying times. And these were the acts of a child fighting his own battle.
The charity was inspired and created by Michael Kwinn, who at age13 was suffering with a brain tumor himself. He recognized the devastating emotional and financial impact his illness had on himself, family members, and the extended community who wanted to help. So, Michael, realizing it was too late for himself, selflessly proposed the creation of a charity to help others in need. Michael has since passed but his family has continued to expand and maintain the charity to honor his memory for over a decade.
My fundraising goal is quite modest and a hearty 95% of every dollar raised goes towards assisting families whose children are fighting a brain tumor and to pediatric brain tumor research! Please consider donating to this wonderful cause, perhaps in honor or memory of a child or family you know who has been affected by cancer and/or a brain tumor. Also, please spread the word about this amazing organization to others who may be able to help.
Thank you so very much for your love, support, kindness, and generosity.
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