26.2 miles is my journey. Together there is no limit to how much we can help!
I am very excited to partner with the Hall STEPS Foundation for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 12th. I greatly appreciate donations of any amount! As little as $5 can help make a big difference. Or get creative and challenge me to reach a fundraising or running goal with an incentive for a personal best or for each mile of the 26.2 journey. Either way, I am driven to do my part!
The Hall STEPS Foundation is a nonprofit charity founded by Ryan and Sara Hall to help combat poverty and improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people, both in the US and abroad. Recently STEPS helped to build a hospital in Kenya's Rift Valley, a medical center in Pemba, Mozambique, funded a project that teaches homeless people in the US lifelong skills among other projects, all with the help of runners.
This will be my 3rd consecutive Chicago Marathon in the last 3 years. I ran 2:36 there both times but regrettably didn't run for a reason bigger than myself. My goal for this year's race is to run for a greater meaning first and secondly, to improve my race as I help improve other's lifes. That is why I am joining the STEPS Foundation's Team.
After meeting Ryan Hall this May in Los Angeles, I was impressed by his commitment to helping others and wanted to do my part. I hope you'll join me in supporting this great cause and also take up your own.
On October 12th, I will give it my all on the streets of Chicago for 26.2 miles.
I would be honored if you would consider joining me in this effort to fight global poverty. Donations to the STEPS Foundation are 100% tax deductible. Thank you for believing in me and this great mission!
More About The Hall STEPS Foundation
The Hall Steps Foundation aims to empower the running community to use the energy and resources that fuel runners’ athletic achievements for social justice efforts. Currently in its first year of operation, the Steps Foundation funds initiatives that tackle structural causes of poverty such as chronic lack of access to basic entitlements including clean water, shelter and physical security. Specifically, Steps partners with leading international and local nonprofits in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to fund projects that invest in sustainable methods of enhancing access to basic essentials. To-date, this has included:
1) Clean Water, Agricultural Development, and Food security in East Africa
2) Building a Hospital in the Rift Valley of Kenya
3) Funding a program for Homeless individuals in the US that combines running with learning life skills
4) Sponsoring legal counsel for victims of human trafficking in Southeast Asia to enhance victims’ physical autonomy
For more information on past grants, go to thestepsfoundation.org