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Luisana Elias' Fundraiser:

Team Chelsea!

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THE STORY:

The last time I ran a half marathon, was back in 2014.  I unfortunately, allowed LIFE get in the way of things & put a halt to my long distance running.  This year, I slowly started to get back into the swing of things and even got the courage to sign up for Carlsbad’s Half Marathon.  This will be the 3rd time I will be running this course but this time, I will be running with a specific purpose. 

February 25, 2017 will mark 7 years since Chelsea King, a 17 year old teenage girl from Poway, CA, went missing.  It will be 7 years ago, that she decided to go for a run on a Thursday afternoon and never made it back home.  Her body was sadly found 6 days after she went missing.  I can remember how her disappearance impacted our community and specifically me.  I kept thinking to myself, that could have easily been someone I know…it could have been me. 

When the King family announced that they would be organizing a 5K to finish the run their daughter would never get to finish, I knew I had to be there.  Since 2010, I have been participating in Finishing Chelsea’s Run and every year, I am filled with emotion.  I love how San Diego is such a large city but how it manages to be a close community at the same time.  On this day, Balboa Park turns into a garden of sunflowers with runners of all different levels.  It brings a smile to my face when I over hear kids encouraging each other at the top of the hill saying things like, “Come on let’s do it for Chelsea!” Every year, I tell myself that I am going to fundraise but again, I have allowed LIFE to get in the way and never actually get to it.  This year I decided I would not let LIFE get in the way. 

The King family has developed a scholarship program for young Changemakers and I am proud to announce that I will be fundraising for the program while I train for Carlsbad Half Marathon.  The race will take place Sunday January 15th but I will be taking donations up until the day of Chelsea’s Race, March 4th, 2017.  If you have never participated in this run, I strongly encourage you to do it.  I have no doubt that it will easily become a tradition for years to come.  Thank you all for your support!

 

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To This Fundraiser

$180

MONEY RAISED
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  • Debbie Haverly, CPA

    $25

  • Jeanne Conner

    $10

  • It's great that you are doing this. Good luck on the run.

    $25

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  • Casey-Erin Harris

    $20

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The Team: $180 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Casey-Erin Harris

Casey-Erin Harris

DONATION: $20

I remember when Chelsea went missing on her run... the news made it all the way up to Sacramento. So heartbreaking but this is such a beautiful way to honor her memory. You've got this, Lui! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

It's great that you are doing this. Good luck on the run.

It's great that you are doing this. Good luck on the run.

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Jeanne Conner

Jeanne Conner

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Debbie Haverly, CPA

Debbie Haverly, CPA

DONATION: $25

Thank you Luisana for doing this, I hope you have a great run. 2 years ago