Running for my Family
Organized by: debora rock
debora rock via Crowdrise
December 14, 2015
EVENT DATE Dec 13, 2015
As many of you might know I was adopted when I was 7 years old from Guatemala. Fast forward 20 years, and I went back to Guatemala and worked for Kids Alive International, a great non-profit organization that rescues kids. While there, a KAI social worker helped me find my birth family. It was a surreal moment for me to meet and talk to the person who gave birth to me and who gave me up for adoption to give me a better opportunity. It was hard at first to meet with my birth mother, but eventually the relationship developed because I had a change of heart, and I had found out she was raising my niece and two nephews. I soon realized Carmen had health problems, diabetes. While I lived and worked in Guatemala I tried my best to get her better health care. It's been a while since I left Guatemala, but I still keep in contact with Carmen, and I also provide a small amount of money monthly for essentials - food and school supplies. I recently talked to her and found out her diabetes had gotten worse, and she had to have a leg amputated. It's been a very hard time for me, trying to decide what I should do. First, I feel I need to plan a trip back to Guatemala to assess the situation and figure out what I can do in the future.
I know Carmen isn't able to go to work now because of her leg. I really want my niece and nephews to be able to stay in school. Poverty is very high in Guatemala, and many children DO NOT attend school. That brings me to the half-marathon I am currently training for. This is my first, but the whole point of me running this half marathon is to raise money that I would monitor and control for essentials for my birth family. I do have friends in Guatemala who will help me monitor any financial help I feel is necessary.
I am working two part-time jobs in CA and applying for full-time jobs regularly, so this situation with my birth family is a challenge and a worry for me. I have been blessed with a wonderful adoptive family, but I want to also be a blessing, even in a small way, to my birth family who are still living in poverty in Guatemala.
I would appreciate any donation - even a small contribution - but just words of encouragement would be great also since it's my first half marathon. I have a 12 week plan worked out for training for my first half marathon and I will keep you updated as the weeks go by.