It is a personal mission of Dr. Clayton Lawrence to not only run a marathon on each of the seven continents, but also to make a mark globally through his position as President and CEO of LEAP Foundation DC, Washington, D.C. The doctor is off to a positive start, having completed three marathons internationally, including Europe, South Africa and Asia. His history with endurance running, however, began quite some time ago and a rigorous and targeted schedule with his personal trainer has allowed him to complete a total of 107 marathons, including those internationally and across the country. But his commitment to the sport doesn’t stop with his personal devotion to health and wellness. It includes an unwavering dedication to the health and wellness of disadvantaged youth, active duty and retired veterans, minorities and those most in need of healthcare.
His efforts have included support and advocacy for the Inheritance of Hope Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America, ING Run for Something Better, the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Foundation, and, most recently, Mentor Me India and Kids Run Miami, which took place just one week apart. “This is a testament to the strong training program that my trainor has developed to help build strength, as well as endurance.”
Dr. Lawrence will continue to expand his efforts in Europe, where he’ll participate in the April 14 2019 Paris Marathon. An expected 60,000 runners will gather for the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, offering participants a unique opportunity to explore the city during one of the biggest marathons of the world. Taking in the Champs Elysées, the Bois de Vincennes and Boulogne is just one incredible highlight, but for Dr. Clayton Lawrence, it is, perhaps, the purpose for which he is running that is most important aspect of his participation.
American Institute for Cancer Research provides funding for research that focuses on the links between diet, physical activity and weight management to cancer prevention and survivorship. LEAP Foundation DC has long supported the American Cancer Society, and the opportunity to support another cancer-focused charity that makes the connection between diet and physical activity and this devastating disease serves as a powerful tool for the Foundation’s mission. “LEAP is very interested in supporting organizations such as this and has coupled with the scientific community to inspire people towards those ends,” said Dr. Lawrence. The youth mentor uses his position to empower children with the knowledge, experience and resources that are necessary to lead healthy, productive lives now and in the future.
* Donations in support of this fundraiser do not assist with travel or other costs to participate, but rather directly benefit the charity for which Dr. Clayton Lawrence is running.