Rebecca is honored to be running her first ever marathon this year with Team Steps for Change, to raise money and awareness for Franciscan Outreach Association (FOA) - one of the oldest and largest providers for men and women who are homeless in the Chicago area (check out their awesome website here: http://www.franoutreach.org/).
Rebecca's better half, Bruce, is the Fund Development Director for FOA and when he told her that FOA was forming their first ever team to take part in the 2014 Chicago Marathon, Rebecca lost her mind and signed up. Why did she lose her mind, you ask? Well, it's not because she wants to raise $2,620 (did you catch that marathon reference?) but because she generally doesn't like to run unless she's chasing a soccer ball or her 2 year old son.
The fundraising will be easy (she hopes), the training will be grueling (her shins can already atest to this) and the Marathon itself will stretch the limits of what she ever thought possible for herself... but the thought of living on the streets of Chicago, wondering where her next meal might come from or where she might lay her head at night... that's what drives her to take part in this critical fundraising event. Running 26ish miles seems like a piece of cake compared to living homeless during the extremely cold winters and hot/humid summers of Chicago. She feels blessed to be living next door to her parents, where she grew up - with a roof over her head and food to feed her family. And she wants to share those blessings with those who need it most!
So whether you can donate $1 per mile or $100 per mile, know that you'll be supporting not only Rebecca, but FOA and the homeless men and women of Chicago. Many thanks for your support! Now wish her luck ... she's going to need it!
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