Dear Friends and EMC Supporters,
I am excited to be participating in my 8th Marathon on behalf of Every Mother Counts at the Tokyo Marathon on February 25th.
Why Tokyo? Tokyo is the last of six World Marathons that I plan to complete. I will be running 26.2 miles to raise awareness about one of the biggest barriers mothers face trying to access this critical care around the world, distance, and raising funds to improve access to safe and respectful maternity care around the world. Japan has set the example of how to drastically reduce maternal mortality and is also a leader in providing foreign assistance for maternal health. Japan has reduced its maternal mortality ratio from 180 deaths for every 100,000 live births in 1950, to 4 deaths for every 100,000 live births in 2016. This can be attributed to Japan’s priority in providing women with access to professional midwives and nurses at no cost to families during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. In the case of complications, the country’s highly functional health system connects women to timely access to emergency obstetric care in case of complications.
Why I Run:
One woman dies every two minutes bringing life into the world. That’s more than 300,000 mothers dying each year. The good news is, up to 98% of global maternal deaths are preventable! With access to education and training, transportation, and supplies, we can greatly reduce the number of preventable deaths that occur during pregnancy, delivery and post-partum.
Had I not had access to the care I received the day I became a mom, I would not have the opportunity to experience the wonder and joy of raising my own two healthy children today. Since I founded Every Mother Counts in 2010, I have put in thousands of miles to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Since 2011, I have completed seven full marathons, 11 half marathons and one 24-hour relay race. Team Run EMC has raised more than 3 million dollars to invest in community-led organizations in 7 countries that are dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer.
With your help, Every Mother Counts can continue to support the training and continued education of midwives and birth attendants, provide rides for thousands of mothers, equip healthcare providers with supplies that will help to ensure safer birth outcomes for moms and families around the world.
Thank you so much for your support!