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Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for visiting my 2021 NYC Marathon page.   For my 11th 26.2mile run through the city streets, I will be dedicating my efforts to raising awareness and money to construct Kenya’s first public Children’s Cancer Hospital.  This project will help to prevent 9 out of 10 kids from dying when diagnosed with cancers in Africa. Shoe4Africa, an organization I have been closely involved with for over a decade, has built six schools, founded East & Central Africa’s 1st Public Children’s hospital that treats over 120,000 kids each year, and we run a women’s empowerment project servicing 50-100 women who are domestic violence sufferers, and growing/providing nutrition for the schools/hospital.   Thank you so much for your support, and I will see you at the finish line!


David, Zeynep, and Ayla

“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.”

-William James