Welcome to my fundraising page! I am beyond excited to be running in the 123rd Boston Marathon for this incredible foundation, in honor of Lu Lingzi.
The Lingzi foundation is very special to me because of the similarities both Lingzi and I share. For those who do not know, Lu Lingzi was a young woman of 24, when she was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. Lingzi was studying abroad in the United States, from China. While she was here, she was passionate about bridging cultures, seeking the beauty in everyone and everything. As I continue my journey as an educator, I find myself committed to creating an environment, both in school, and in our community, where people thrive in equality and diversity, recognizing, and celebrating our differences.
Every day my students face challenges such as economic hardships, language barriers, and racism. Yet, every morning, they enter the classroom with a smiling face, eager to learn and participate. Their persistence and ability to overcome these challenges is incredibly motivating. Because of them, I strive to do my best, not only as their teacher, but also as a member of the community; to advocate equality for all people.
I plan to channel this motivation from my students, and from Lingzi, when I run up heartbreak hill on April 15th, and every mile thereafter. Their encouragement, along with the support from my family, friends, and donors, will bring us one step closer to achieving both mine, and Lingzi's dream; to bridge cultures, and create a beautiful relationship between all people.
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