Dear Friends and Family,
I am excited, not to mention nervous, too, to be running in the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise money for Next Step. The challenges of high school and the transition to adulthood can test any young person. For young people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other life threatening diseases, these challenges can appear insurmountable. Next Step provides nationally recognized programs and resources to help these youth become succesful adults. Next Step was founded in 2001 with the support and guidance of the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. Next Step retreats and workshops—all hosted at no cost to participants—provide resources, support and hope. As the founder of the Hole in the Wall Camps, he also recognized that "Children with life threatening illnesses have many homes. Teens and young adults have none. Next Step fills this vacuum by providing life changing opportunities to young people."
I am running in memory of my uncle who died too young from cancer 20 years ago, in memory of my grandparents, and in honor of my mother in law and dear friends - young and old - who are fighters and amazing survivors of this disease. As a Next Step marathon runner, my goal is to raise $10,000 in my quest to cross the finish line on April 21, 2014. Your thoughtful donation will help Next Step continue to offer its amazing programming that has been recognized by the New York Times and ABC free of charge to young adults around the country.
To learn more about Next Step, I encourage you to visit www.nextstepnet.org and help us make a difference.
I am honored to be part of this amazing organization and I THANK YOU for your support.
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