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Megan's Running for the Bears

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BENEFITING: ANIMALS ASIA FOUNDATION LIMITED

EVENT DATE: Dec 14, 2014

Megan Spooner

THE STORY:

**UPDATE: Because the Dallas Half-Marathon was cancelled last year after so many of you had generously donated a total of $850 for Animals Asia, I signed up for 2014.  I'm hoping to up the funds raised to $1,000 with your help!  Also, in the past year, Animals Asia has taken on a wonderfully huge challenge by signing an historic agreement to take over the care of 130 bears and their unborn cubs on a Chinese bile farm. Already work is under way to transform the farm into a sanctuary for the bears.  You can find more info about the project here: https://peacebypiece.animalsasia.org/home

For those that know me well, you're obviously aware that running is not one of my hobbies.  In fact, the furthest I've ever ran is 4.9 miles on a relay team in the 2012 Dallas Marathon.  You're also aware of my passion for animals.  I have lots of causes dear to my heart, one of the biggest being ending the cruelty bears are forced to endure through bear bile farming and being "dancing bears".  For those that have never heard of such a thing as bear bile farming before...

"More than 10,000 bears – mainly moon bears, but also sun bears and brown bears – are kept on bile farms in China, and around 2,400 in Vietnam. The bears are milked regularly for their bile, which is used in traditional medicine.  Bile is extracted using various painful, invasive techniques, all of which cause massive infection in the bears.

Most farmed bears are kept in tiny cages. In China, the cages are sometimes so small that the bears are unable to turn around or stand on all fours. Some bears are put into cages as cubs and never released. Bears may be kept caged like this for up to 30 years. Most farmed bears are starved, dehydrated and suffer from multiple diseases and malignant tumours that ultimately kill them."  (I've added a video that you can watch if you want to see more - just scroll though the photos on this page to get to it.)

It's heartbreaking, but thanks to organizations like Animals Asia (http://www.animalsasia.org), there is hope.  They provide sanctuaries for the bears that are lucky enough to be rescued by them and work to end bear bile farming completely. It would mean SO much to me if you would help me help the bears.  To do my small part to bring awareness to this inhumane practice and raise a bit of money to help them in their mission, I'm going to run the half-marathon at this year's Dallas Marathon.  No amount is too small - every dollar donated will help, and will be the motivation I need to cross that finish line when I feel like giving up!

Thank you very much in advance for your donation, and for supporting something so important to me!

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To This Fundraiser

$890

MONEY RAISED
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  • Megan Spooner

    $25

  • Yuna Peng

    $50

  • Lara Barrett

    $25

  • Megan Senger

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Megan Green

    $25

  • Tiffany Rabe

    $50

  • angLea

    $25

  • Lover of Lulu

    $25

  • John Crawford

    $50

  • Jim & Patty Wood

    $30

  • Isaac and Irelyn

    $50

  • Lisa Espinoza

    $50

  • Tom Davis

    $30

  • Felix Duperre

    $20

  • Emily Tubb

    $25

  • Justin Terveen

    $100

  • Morgan

    $15

  • Brooke

    $20

  • Patty Wood

    $20

  • Leanne Maxwell

    $30

  • Christen

    $40

  • McKenzie Crane

    $30

  • Benji Carey

    $10

  • Devon Killam

    $30

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89% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Team: $890 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Megan Spooner

Amount Raised

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82% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Yuna Peng

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Patty Wood

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Donor Comments

Devon Killam

Devon Killam

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Benji Carey

Benji Carey

DONATION: $10

13 miles is a long way. 2 years ago

McKenzie Crane

McKenzie Crane

DONATION: $30

3 years ago

Christen

Christen

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Leanne Maxwell

Leanne Maxwell

DONATION: $30

Go Megan!!!! 3 years ago

Patty Wood

Patty Wood

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Brooke

Brooke

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Morgan

Morgan

DONATION: $15

Yay Megan! 4 years ago

Justin Terveen

Justin Terveen

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Emily Tubb

Emily Tubb

DONATION: $25

4 years ago