We are running 230 miles across Haiti to raise money to support Team Tassy's mission to unleash the inherent power in every person to eliminate poverty. We focus on preparing and placing the poor into good, dignified jobs, starting in Haiti, so that they can pull themselves out of poverty forever. You can help us make this happen! I need you to support me on my 230 mile run across Haiti! Read my story: The tender age of 10, I left all that I ever knew behind in Haiti to come to the US. Although the decision to leave my mother and siblings behind was a tough one, I knew that soon enough the ends would indeed justify the means. I came to this country with every intention of eventually returning back to Haiti to make a difference. I knew what my end goals were but what was not clear to me just yet was how I would attain such big goals. When most kids my age were concerned with games and other such distractions, I was focused on conditioning/preparing myself for a journey i knew would not be easy but possible with hard work and dedication. With this mindset, I soon found my niche in sports. I excelled at every sports i ever played.I say this not to sound hubristic but so you can better understand my fall. I played soccer, lacrosse and football but nothing could compare to my love of running. I eventually realized that running would be the key to achieving the goals that I had set out for myself early on. All seemed to be falling in place for me. Nothing and no one could get in the way of my dreams. And then it happened. I remember this day vividly. In the summer of 2009, I decided that I was going to run in the NYC marathon. I had been running for my high school’s track/cross country teams and even managed to achieve local stardom for I was known as one of the best long distance runners in my town. I knew in my heart that I was ready. Unfortunately, my heart and body were now in compliance with each other and the body that helped me thrive in running soon began to fail me. While training for the marathon, I felt a sharp stab of pain in my knees. This did not phase me however because I knew my body, and I knew what it could and could not endure. I kept at it and continued to train. A couple of weeks later, one of my biggest fears came to pass…it seemed as if this time around, my body would not recuperate and mend itself. Grudgingly, I decided that I had to see a doctor about the pain in my knee and that marked the beginning of my therapy journey. I stopped running for a year. A year may not seem like a long time to most people but to me, that year was one of the hardest years of my life. I eventually saw the light at the end of the tunnel when I received a scholarship to Post University to go run for them. I readily accepted and begin training for the upcoming season. Soon after that, I received a phone call inviting me to train for the 2016 Olympics as part of the Haiti team. All was falling into place. Unfortunately, that did not last for long, because while training for the Olympic, my traitorous body began to fail me again. This time around, when I went to the doctor, I was informed that my dream of running had to come to an end. If I continued to run, I might never be able to walk again. So after all those years of training, my running career had come to an end. What to do now? I have to admit, the thought of not being able to run again was a bitter pill to swallow but after years went by, I started to come to terms with it all. I have finally found a way that I can use my love of running to help my beautiful country, Haiti. A friend of mine recently sent me a youtube link to Tassy Fils-Aime Run Across Haiti. After reading and researching about this fundraiser, I knew that my dream of helping Haiti through my love of running would soon be realized. This fundraiser allows anyone who wants to make a difference the opportunity to run this 230 miles trek across the country. I want to participate this coming February 2017. However, I cannot do it alone. I need the help of each and everyone of you to reach this goal of mine. If you had a chance to lend a helping hand to make a difference, would you? I am hoping to raise $5,000 by February of 2017 to turn my dream into reality. In doing so, I along with each and everyone of you that donate to this cause will make a difference in the lives of countless kids. A financial gift from you all will be a big help in reaching our goal.