Rachana Patel

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Almost a week has passed sin…
Almost a week has passed since I ran the NYC to support FCI’s work in West Africa. Only now I am I starting to walk with relative ease, make it down the stairs without wincing, and tie my own shoelaces.

Dragging my post-baby body through 16 weeks of training and 26.2 miles has been a humbling experience, to say the least. I had more than one stare-down with my shoes, making excuses to avoid putting them on and getting out the door. On nights when Ben was teething, I questioned my sanity for having committed to run the marathon. The race was also challenging one: the weather was cold. For a moment I thought I might get blown right off the Verrazano Bridge, and I swear I ran in place for about 10 minutes on 4th avenue.

There were many highlights to the run, too. There is no better feeling than knowing that your friends subjected themselves to freezing cold weather in order to cheer you on, as many of you did. Being ambushed by Ann Starrs (FCI’s former president and board member) at mile 24 when I was STRUGGLING was amazing, and just the pick me up that I needed to finish.

The best part, however, is that together, you have helped me raise almost $12,000 to support FCI’s work promoting reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) in West Africa. This money will help us advocate for policies that promote the health of women, children, and girls; it help us make sure that survivors of domestic violence and rape receive the care and support that they need; it will help us build strong national organizations capable or promoting RMNCH in their own communities.

Thank you so much for supporting FCI in honor of my run. I cannot express how grateful I am.

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"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." ~Albert Pike
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Rachana Patel
Rachana Patel
Forest Hills, NY United States
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