The China Care Foundation offers orphaned children with special needs a brighter future. The Foundation provides critical medical care and loving homes to these very special children. A group of friends & colleagues working at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing are inspired to raise funds for the China Care Foundation by running the Great Wall 7.5k, half marathon, and full marathon on May 18, 2013. Please take a moment to look at this worthy charity at www.chinacare.org. If you are as moved by the care provided to children who are just steps away from where we live and work here in China, please consider donating on behalf of your favorite runner!
Don: My goal is to do a 7.5K run (about 5mi) on the Great Wall to raise at least $2000 for special needs Chinese orphans. I haven’t participated in an organized run in decades and I’ve never done a run on the Great Wall. I’m also coming back from knee surgery, not to mention fighting the aging process. :-) But I’m trying to prove something to myself and to everyone over 40 out there: you can make a comeback! Most importantly, I’m reminding myself that whatever health issues I have, they pale in comparison to what China’s neediest orphans confront every day. If we have your support, I know it’ll give me the edge I need to cross the finish line! Thank you!
Linda: This will be my second Great Wall Half Marathon, and my goal is to conquer over 5000 steps and 13.1 miles in honor of some very special children. Our family has had the privilege of visiting one of the local orphanages who specializes in providing medical care to a houseful of critically ill and immensely beautiful children, and we are so impressed by the love and care each child receives from the ayis and volunteers who work day and night to secure these little ones. Many of you know it's been a brutal winter in Beijing; running in "white" air, dodging bicycle and motorcars in traffic and avoiding hutong dogs nipping at your heels is an adventure in and of itself! Frankly, there have been more white skies than blue ones, and I have often wondered how I am going to make it across that finish line this year. Reading a few of the stories on the children who have benefitted from this charity was a gentle reminder that as difficult as it is for us, there are little ones here who struggle with a much harder race than I can imagine. Please consider donating. It's super easy, and in turn I will donate a step thinking of you and your awesomeness on the Wall for every dollar you give in my name.