I’m Going Back to Boston

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I’m going back to Boston!

Just received this HUGE news from buildOn and I’m so honored to share that the organization has selected me AND my sister to fund-raise and run the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014!

buildOn was founded by Jim Ziolkowski and is a non-profit organization that builds schools in developing countries such as Haiti, Malawi, Nepal, and Nicaragua, while also running afterschool service programs in America’s toughest inner-cities. buildOn’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty,illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.

This is where you and I come in.

Our fundraising efforts will cover the cost to send a teen from Boston on a trip to build a school in another country. As a person who has experienced the life-changing power of giving back through service projects in developing countries and also as a person who has led trips such as these for teenagers, I have a small idea of how this will impact a teen’s life for the better. I cannot even tell you how blessed I feel to be part of this organization!

So, back to the opportunity at hand!

Back in 2011, I had the privilege of fundraising for Childhelp and running this legendary race. If you’ve ever done gone through the process of fundraising a large amount of money in a relatively short amount of time, you know the challenges, but also the fulfillment that comes with the experience. With the help of many kind and generous people, I raised $5,000 in just three months back in 2011 for the worthwhile organization. This time around, I am committed to raising $6,500 or more by April 2014.

Would you consider helping me reach my goal and also praying for me and supporting me as I prepare for this race? Your donation is tax-deductible and everything you do is so appreciated!

Support me now!

It goes without saying, but the 2014 Boston Marathon also will be notable for one other reason: the one year anniversary of the tragic bombings. As a person with strong New England ties, Boston has always been one of my “adopted” cities. I’m still in awe of how the city came together in the midst of the chaos. Truly, “Boston Strong” is a legit description of this place.

I can’t wait to be part of it again.

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