BENEFITING: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC
On November 6 I'll be running my first marathon, the NYC Marathon, one day before I turn 42 years old. I recently participated in an interactive exhibit with Doctors Without Borders in Battery Park. Their work and the life and hope they bring to the millions of displaced people across the globe made me overwhelmed with gratitude. I first came across their exhibit while on one of my long training runs for the marathon, on my way home just past mile 9. The Statue of Liberty came into view, and I thought again of how fortunate, how absolutely lucky I was to have a life where I have the luxury of running for pleasure, or for training, or simply for my health... not literally to save myself or my family. And again, when I got home and took that warm post-run shower, I thought again of how lucky I am to have hot running water whenever I want, piped right into my own home. I knew I would eat well that evening and sleep safely in a warm, comfortable bed. These are things none of us should take for granted. Did you know that there are 65 million people across the world today who have been forced from their homes? -- who did not want to leave, had jobs and businesses and community and social networks that they were forced to abandon to live in the undeniable danger and extreme scarcity and hunger and need of a refugee. Disease and infection are a constant threat. Human trafficking is at an all time high, and many of these women and children are now more vulnerable to predators on their journeys toward safety. This crisis is real. And we have an opportunity to help.