Can $10 change a life? It sure can.
My name is Karina Villaseñor and I write to share my story in hope that you will support my cause. I rarely share how this amazing program SAVED MY LIFE. But I'm here today honored to share with YOU.
As an 11-year-old girl being raised by a single mother in an environment where success was not experienced was my reality. I struggled in school. I was disconnected and unhappy. I had no clue about success or how to achieve it - and the ability to imagine success was impossible.
I didn't realize it at the moment but my life completely changed when I met Kara Lubin, my 5th grade teacher in 1994. She began our school day by having us run or walk before she started teaching the class. My first thought was how is running or walking going to help me? But I still gave it a chance because I was intrigued with my new teacher.
As the year continued, I was able to connect better with my teacher and peers. I understood what was my personal best, being able to work as a team, and what success felt like. Attending school became important because of the possibility of going to college. To be able to achieve my dream that would lead to my success was no longer impossible.
By the end of 6th grade I earned 200 miles. I was leaving Ms. Lubin's class determined to achieve my personal best; confident to believe in myself in order for others to believe in me. I understood that with hard work, there will be moments of both failure and success.
Today, I am proud to say that I had many moments of disappointments and victories in my life, but I always kept in mind what I was able to achieve as an 11-year girl. The Pyramid of Success was instilled in my core. I'm the first in my family to attend college and receive a degree in Political Science from California Baptist University. I strongly believe The 100 Mile Club shaped my life with running/walking 100 miles and giving me the opportunity to achieve personal success.
To conclude, I'll end with how my journey began: "Boys and girls, you are going to run 100 miles this year. I’m going to help you do it, and we’re going to start today.” Kara Lubin.
Now, I AM ASKING FOR YOUR HELP!
PLEASE! Be part of my team and help donate to the cause. $10 will make a LIFE CHANGING moment. It will cover one child for the WHOLE school year. I’m trying to make a difference the only way I know. Healthy children with healthy minds become GREAT LEADERS.