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Brent is not a runner.  He wants you all to know that. In fact one of the only things we have fought about in our marriage is his unwillingness to run with me.  For real.

BUT…. he committed to run the New York City marathon with me in 2020!!! Of course, some big changes have happened since our original commitment, starting with adding a new member to our family in mid October. We are having a baby boy!  And sadly the 2020 marathon has been canceled.  But we are hopeful the NYC marathon will still happen next year, so we are now planning on running the marathon in 2021 instead!

What you need to know is that I could have never talked Brent into running a marathon.  However when we heard about Shoe4Africa and what they are trying to accomplish we both knew we had to be part of it and run the NYC marathon for this charity.  We have been incredibly moved by their efforts and feel like this is something that has to be done and we need to help.

Let me tell you a little about it.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help build the first children’s cancer hospital on the entire continent of Africa. You guys, THE ENTIRE CONTINENT OF AFRICA!!  Currently in Africa 9/10 children who have cancer die from the disease. Compare that to 1/10 in the United States who die from cancer. My heart aches for these children and their families and they need the hope this cancer hospital can give them.  They need a place where they can send their children and give them a fighting chance to fight the beast (cancer, that is).

This hospital has extra special meaning to me as it will be named the Shoe4Africa Juli Anne Perry Children’s Cancer Hospital.  Juli is my aunt who passed away from cancer in 2010 and completed the New York Marathon while she was going through her cancer treatment.  I love the memory that this hospital gives to her life. She did not live to see this hospital be built, or to see a cure for cancer. But her memory has sparked something good in the world and inspired so many people to look beyond themselves and serve.

Jesus Christ asked “Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither.  Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner?  Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.”

Brent and I have compassion on children in Africa who are suffering from cancer.  Join us as we do our best to follow the Savior’s example and bring healing to these children who are in dire need.  We really appreciate any donation you can help with and thank you.