Welcome to my 2014 Run for Roots page!
Did you know that in 2013, a privately organized race in Guantanamo, Cuba was cancelled because it was suspected of being an act of civil disobedience? Did you know that those runners - most of them high school age - were subjected to harassment for having planned to run?
This is just one example of the everyday fears and restrictions Cubans live with in their repressed society.
As a Cuban American, I care deeply about my Cuban counterparts, and I work with Roots of Hope to help bridge this gap. Roots of Hope supports programs aimed at empowering Cuban youth to have the courage to set their own goals, accomplish their dreams, express themselves freely. Our goal is an open and democratic civil society in Cuba.
I am a runner. Running has enabled me to set goals, work towards and accomplish them. I wish for Cubans to have this same ability. I have run the Miami ING race since 2010 and started running on behalf of Run for Roots in 2011.
Every dollar I have raised over the years has supported life-changing programs on the island, from technology to education, entrepreneurship to the arts.
Please consider donating what you can - every dollar helps impact Cuba's future.