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Kevin's 62 Mile Run for the Merrimack-Medishare Partnership

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EVENT DATE: Jul 20, 2013

Kevin Melanson


I am typically reserved when it comes to talking with people about my work in Haiti. Upon hearing what I do, most people react by saying – sometimes with words, but mostly with their body language – “I wish I had more time to do something like that.” or, the alternative, “Why do you help people in Haiti when there are so many people in the United States who are in need of help?”

While I do agree that there is much work to be done here in the U.S., it is difficult to compare the conditions in the U.S. to the absolute poverty in which most people in Haiti live. But, that is now how I usually answer that question. I typically respond by sheepishly saying, “I just really enjoy working with people from a different culture; I love the challenge of trying to learn a new language; and, I love working in the mountainous villages in rural Haiti.” All of these things are true, but they were the reason why I first went to Haiti. Not the reason why I have devoted so much time and energy towards helping the amazing, resilient people that happen to live in Haiti.

The real reason why I go to Haiti? I go because I have yet to find the answer to the question, Why them and not me?

Why was I born into a household that always had food on the table, while millions of people around the world go to bed hungry? Why did I have the opportunity to go to grade school, high school and college, while only 53% of adults in Haiti can read and write? Why do I live in a country where 99% of people have access to an improved water source, while 31% of the people in Haiti drink potentially harmful water? Why was I given the opportunity to be healthy and educated, why so many people in Haiti and around the world were not?

I might not ever find the answers to these questions, but what I do know is that I believe it is the responsibility of those born into good circumstances to help people who aren’t as fortunate.

Because of this belief, I work with people living in Haiti. Because of this belief, I will continue to work with them until their opportunity to live a health and independent like are equal to mine. Because of this belief, I need your help,

In a perfect world, I wouldn’t have to ask you for a donation to support our efforts in Haiti. But we all know that this world is far from ideal and that there are many needs.

Help people living in the rural Haitian town of Marmont. Help them have access to clean water. Help us provide care for musculoskeletal injuries. These people NEED to be physically healthy to be able to provide survive and for their family. Here is an opportunity to do what you wish you had more time to do and help those in need.

Support my attempt to run 62 miles in hopes of raising $6,200 to help the people of Marmont. Support me, knowing that your contribution will go directly towards helping these unfortunate people.

Your donation won’t make a major difference in my life, but it will make a significant difference in theirs.




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