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Serene Runs 13.1 for Somaly!

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BENEFITING: Somaly Mam Foundation

EVENT DATE: Jun 23, 2013

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THE STORY:

Yesterday, under blue skies, killer heat and surrounded by an amazing cheering section of family and friends, I reached my goal of completing MY FIRST HALF MARATHON!

Three months ago, I started training for the Half Marathon in secret. I didn't want people to know, just in case I didn't make it. About this time, due in part to the incredible PBS documentary "Half the Sky" and my recent trip to Southeast Asia, I was becoming aware of the abuse and slavery of young girls in parts of the world. I was learning that a girl as young as age 3 could have her life sold away to a pimp for $10. And that many people, like me, did not know that this is happening every day.

At that point, I knew that running a few miles was easy compared to what other girls and women face every day. And with that knowledge that there was no way I would quit, I decided to ask my friends and family to help me raise $1,013.10 for my run in honor of these girls (via the wonderful charity, The Somaly Mam Foundation).

What happened next was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. I started training, a roller coaster 12 week journey which brought me closer to my husband, brother, and my girlfriends.

I also started talking to people about these issues facing girls and women. And you all responded with a tidal wave of love and support that I tear up just thinking about. 

To those of you who donated so kindly - THANK YOU!!!

To those of you who read "Half the Sky" or watched the documentary, or told your friends about this issue -  THANK YOU!!!

As we gained momentum, one friend suggested that WE RAISE THE GOAL TO $3,000 - THE COST TO RESCUE ONE GIRL - and then bring her through to rehabiliation, education and reintroduction into her community with dignity, marketable skils, and economic hope. I kind of thought that was ambitious at the time. But as you can see, thanks to all of you, we have well surpassed that!!

You guys are all like little miracles in my life, I know it sounds very cheesy. But that is how your kindness and generosity have felt to me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Love,
Serene

 

About the Somaly Mam Foundation  http://www.somaly.org/about-us

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To This Fundraiser

$4,120

MONEY RAISED
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  • Pauline

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Natalie & Audrey

    $12

  • The Kertesz Family

    $150

  • Brian Hedden

     

  • The Young-Ross fam

    $50

  • Brian Compare

    $100

  • Michael and Molly

    $50

  • Mark,Mary,Michael & Toby :)

    $20

  • Gary and Marie

    $50

  • Grandma and Grandpa Hanson

    $25

  • Sadie, Birch, & Risa Harms

     

  • Agi

    $50

  • Liz and Petra Carter

    $25

  • Tom Chin

    $75

  • George & Angela Prassakos

     

  • The Beckers

    $20

  • Babak and Sian

    $50

  • Pr. Phil Trzynka

    $50

  • Kris McComas

    $50

  • mom

    $100

  • Gary Jesdanun

     

  • Adisak and Orabhin Jesdanun

    $50

  • The Fitters

    $25

  • Lisa Kwon

    $50

  • Nick

     

  • Fairfield Ladies "Half the Sky" Movie Night

    $1,000

  • Jennifer and Terence Brady

    $50

  • Beth Carney

     

  • Ann Harms

    $100

  • Mary Janacek-Smith

     

  • Devany and Sebby Lynch

    $25

  • The Pooles

    $30

  • Sarah Puerini

    $50

  • Finchie

    $75

  • Audtaporn & Narong Mulpramook

    $100

  • Lisa Renkowsky

    $100

  • Randee Bok

    $25

  • Nuni Mulpramook

    $55

  • Leslie Mertz

    $50

  • nancy kwon

    $50

  • Melissa Edwards

     

  • Sharon Chan

     

  • Bazzle girls

     

  • Luke Donohue

    $50

  • the Varon Family

    $50

  • Justine and Bill Leavy

    $50

  • Lisa McCormack

     

  • chintana sang-urai

    $190

  • Marnie Finkler

    $25

  • The LaPlante Family

    $45

  • Elvina & Glen

    $30

  • Natasha Levinger

    $30

  • Hansonfamily4

    $10

  • Greg Gajus

     

  • Jenny

    $15

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Swensons

     

  • Leo, Debbie, Lincoln and Lila

    $115

  • Jason Barone (thebbl.com)

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • bells

    $18

  • Anonymous

    $27

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anita Yuthasastrkosol & Cheri Sarakasetrin

    $100

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118% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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Donor Comments

Anita Yuthasastrkosol & Cheri Sarakasetrin

Anita Yuthasastrkosol & Cheri Sarakasetrin

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $27

You did it! 4 years ago

bells

bells

DONATION: $18

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

Jason Barone (thebbl.com)

Jason Barone (thebbl.com)

DONATION: $25

Running 13.1 miles is CRAZY but I appreciate the dedication. 4 years ago

Leo, Debbie, Lincoln and Lila

Leo, Debbie, Lincoln and Lila

DONATION: $115

good job Serene! have a great race! 4 years ago

The Swensons

The Swensons

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago