I am running the NYC ING Marathon 2013 to raise money for children who want to learn and expand their horizons and for women who face far more daunting challenges in life than running a marathon. My daughter's school has struggled to provide language instruction to all children, but we simply don't have the money. A child last spring asked me, "Why don't I get to learn Spanish anymore?" She loved how it opened a world of possibilities to know another language, another way of expressing herself and communicating. The school didn't have the funds to extend the lessons beyond 1st grade. So, I am trying to raise money to add more second language instruction for those children who are not presently getting it.
I am also running for Women for Women International. I was first inspired to run a marathon after hearing stories of women in the Congo who had organized a race, having heard that other women were running races to fundraise for them. These women had never run for any reason other than to save their lives and their children's lives during horrific conflicts that destroyed families, homes, and communities, but they wanted to be women who run to help other women. I was so inspired by their fierce determination and hope that I wanted to be a woman who would run for them.
So, I am splitting whatever I raise between my two organizations: P.S. 133 and Women for Women International. No amount of money is too small. If everyone gives just a little, we can accomplish so much. I may be doing the running, but it really takes a full community to achieve real and meaningful success, and I appreciate all contributions.