In Paraguay, a poor landlocked country in the heart of South America, a child with cancer has very few options. In this country, some 60% of the rural population lives below the poverty line. Children who are fortunate enough to be properly diagnosed have only a 50% survival rate over five years - in part because they may have to wait months or years for treatment due to lack of funds or chemotherapy.
After visiting the National Cancer Institute in Asuncion throughout the last several years, we noticed families of children awaiting whatever treatment available had no place to stay and often slept on the hospital grounds. So, with the help of our partners at the San Peregrino Foundation, we have built (fall 2017) the "Posada Emily" dedicated to Emily Bigelow Nalley. The posada is situated directly behind the hospital and can be accessed without having to cross major roads.
We now need to maintain the operation of this much-needed and much-used posada, ie: caretakers who clean and help feed the families, garden maintenance, laundry, etc.
So, as a Manitos Board member who loves this country, this posada and who will always love Emily, I am running this half marathon on April 15 to raise money to help keep this loving "Posada Emily" functioning to serve the families who need it and deserve it.
Thank you for your support!