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Sam Kidder Marathon Fundraiser: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles

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THE STORY:

Dear Family and Friends,

On October 13, I am going to run (and/or hobble) the Long Beach International Marathon. This will be my third marathon. My only regret about my first two races (other than the unfortunate decision to wear a tank-top in the torrential downpour of 2011) is that I didn't take advantage of the opportunity to raise money for a great cause. This time, I am asking my friends and family to consider supporting my training by donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles ("BBLA"). BBLA's mission is to help children in need reach their full potential through one-to-one mentoring relationships. My goal is to raise $1,000 for BBLA.

As you probably know, I have been a Big Brother for almost four years. Every other weekend, I hang out with my "Little Brother," Ahmad. Our activities range from writing book reports to memorizing times tables to playing basketball at the park. I have tried to expose Ahmad to new activities, ideas, and possibilities, and to impress upon him the importance of education and responsibility. I have been incredibly rewarded by the opportunity to observe -- and play a small role in -- Ahmad's growth over the past few years.

This terrific experience would not have been possible without the tremendous support Ahmad and I have received from BBLA. We are just one of the 1,500 "matches" that BBLA serves, yet BBLA's wonderful employees work tirelessly to ensure that we are both getting the most out of our relationship.

I have seen first-hand the difference that BBLA can make in an at-risk youth's life. Please consider donating whatever you can spare to support this great organization. Even $5 or $10 donations will add up to make a huge difference. Thank you.

-Sam

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