It’s been exactly four months since I completed my second Boston Marathon, and while I’m not ready to run another full marathon just yet, I am ready to do the “run for a good cause” opportunity again…just not maybe the hefty $6,000 like Boston (read this post for details on my charity fundraising for Boston).
The main cause I’ve fundraised for has been for children. There’s almost nothing closer to my heart than raising funds for kids; they’re our future and deserve the utmost love and protection. They’re an important investment and I’m proud to have helped fund a 1-800 line for Childhelp to protect abused and neglected children across the U.S. I’m proud that my fundraising helped a group of socioeconomically challenged high school students in Boston go on a trip of a lifetime to serve a village in Malawi, Africa.
This is life-changing stuff.
Next on my list are our veterans. I’m probably like many people out there. My grandfathers are veterans. My parents are veterans. This service is one of the most self-sacrificial acts I believe one can do as an American and I’m so very grateful for what each of them and so many do every day to protect our freedom and work to spread the same equities and freedoms throughout our world.
One of the biggest sacrifices they often make, however, are themselves. Be it emotionally or physically, our veterans return with wounds that we can see and, sometimes, can’t see. The fear that grips them as they drive under bridges while cruising on freeways. The concern for crowded situations and unknown packages by the side of roads. The memories of what they’ve seen and what they’ve experienced. The limbs, sight and other physical abilities they left behind in war and special operations.
It’s the reason I was pretty quick to volunteer when my friend Nicole, who is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, put the call out for friends to run and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Created after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Wounded Warrior Project’s mission is to:
- To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
- To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
- To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
I will be running an 8K in November to support this organization and have committed to raising at least $100 for this worthwhile cause. Feel free to join an event in your part of the country or run with us in Phoenix!
Here’s my Fundraising Website if you agree with me that this is a worthy cause and would like to donate.
I know there are a lot of incredible causes out there and I strive to support as many requests from others as possible. In fact, I’ll be doing the #IceBucketChallenge later today. Look for a special twist, however. 🙂
Thanks for your support and stay tuned for more!