BENEFITING: International Orthodox Christian Charities
EVENT DATE: Jul 25, 2015
Dear friends and family,
On July 25, starting at 7am, I plan to swim across Keuka Lake in Penn Yan, NY... dry off... get in my car... and then drive 40 minutes to Geneva, NY in time to run a 10k that starts at 9:15am.
- The swim is called Krossin Keuka, and it benefits the Keuka Comfort Care Home.
- The 10k is called the Cubby Chase, and it benefits The Autism Center at Ontario ARC & Geneva General Child Care Center.
While both of these races will benefit great causes at the local level, I have chosen to dedicate my participation in them to help International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) eradicate a tropical disease in Ethiopia.
In short, as a member of TEAM IOCC, I am raising funds to help bring urgent relief and humanitarian aid to families and children affected by podoconiosis – or "podo" for short.
This is what I'm racing for.
You may have never heard of podo before, but it's an abnormal swelling of the feet and legs triggered by prolonged exposure to irritating minerals in red clay soils. More than one million Ethiopians are afflicted with podo, and 11 million more people are at risk for it in Ethiopia alone.
Please take a moment to look at the photos and watch the video I have uploaded to this page.
It's amazing that something as simple as a pair of shoes could help prevent this disease. While I personally have more shoes and sneakers than I'll ever need -- and two healthy feet that will allow me to swim and run in my upcoming races -- the people affected by podo aren't nearly as fortunate in this manner.
However, with our help, IOCC can provide a sturdy pair of shoes, instruction on foot hygiene and basic treatment, and education about the causes of podo.
Specifically, through your efforts and with the support of TOMS Shoes, IOCC is bringing help and renewed hope for thousands of people afflicted by podoconiosis and is leading the effort to eradicate this neglected tropical disease through a program of prevention, treatment and education.
Over 200,000 pairs of shoes have been distributed in Ethiopia, and we have a commitment from TOMS Shoes for another 160,000 pairs this year. Most of these shoes are given to children and health clinics in the areas where the prevalence of podo is highest.
You may not realize it, but every single donation -- no matter how small you may think it is -- helps to eradicate this disease. With all of this in mind, please help support this important IOCC program by making a contribution in support of my upcoming races.
Thank you very much for your consideration -- I greatly appreciate it!