BENEFITING: NAYELI FAITH FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jul 27, 2014
The first child of my friends Shane and Elizabeth was diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. This is where the diaphragm does not form correctly and the abdominal organs can travel up into the chest cavity and compress the lungs and impact their development. This defect can occur in 1 in 2500 births and it can cause chronic respiratory problems and even death. Thankfully, Nayeli is doing well. Shane and Elizabeth started the Nayeli Faith Foundation to increase awareness of this problem and to help support families faced with this diagnosis. I was asked to join the team running the San Francisco First Half Marathon on July 27. Yep, running a half marathon in SF is difficult, but even more difficult is living with chronic respiratory problems or learning that your child has a serious birth defect. No donation is too small and 100% funds go to a local organization (to CDH families and research of the birth defect).