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Laura Dean-Shapiro

Laura Dean-Shapiro
New Orleans, LA United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: Mar 03, 2015
Stuff About Me:

Howdy yall! Thanks for visiting my fundraising page. I started running when I was 27. Suffice to say, I had no idea how positively this activity would affect my life. Even today, I wouldn't really call myself "a runner". I am not fast. I often struggle to finish the first mile without walking. But now let me tell you the good stuff about how running has impacted my life, and more importantly, why I am raising money for Girls on the Run. These girls will enter the world equipped with the knowledge that they are, in fact, more than "good enough". 

Like many girls, I have stuggled with body image issues and crippling anxiety for the majority of my life. Even as an adult woman, I cannot say I feel immune to a nagging fear of judgement or the habit of defining myself based on physical appearance. When I learned about the programs at Girls on the Run, I was beyond impressed. GOTRNOLA's emphasis on lauding strong, brave, independent girls- who recognize the merit in supporting one another- will most surely have a social impact far beyond the lives of their participants. They are growing socially aware wome who recognize the impact on their peers and in their communities. 

Though I started running to cope with my anxiety in a healthy context, I have found that this seemingly simple act has taught me how to be a better version of myself. Very simply, the hardest times in my life have been made much more managable. and it best times even more amazing. I feel braver, stronger and more ready to face the world when Im running regularly. 

For me, knowing that GOTR exists to build these skills in girls at an age far younger than I ever learned them fills me with hope for all of us. I hope you'll consider supporting them through this fundraiser!

 

Laura
Dean-Shapiro

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Amount Raised:

$786