shoe4africa - make the difference!
About 17 years ago, I ran my final high school cross country race. November 2002. That’s probably the last time I legitimately ran.
Don’t get me wrong, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve made several attempts to reignite the love of running I had as a teenager. It’s just never been the same. I haven’t found the drive – the reason, if you will.
November 2019. That’s the time I found the reason.
And the reason is simple. I’ve committed to running the NYC Marathon in 2020 – yes, THAT NYC MARATHON – to raise some money for the most righteous of causes.
You see, Shoe4Africa is working to build the first childhood cancer center in all of Sub-Saharan Africa. That’s a lot of ground to cover. Let that sink in for a second.
I’m a father of four. Were one of my children to get cancer, as I understand the stats, they’d have nearly a 90% chance of survival here in the U.S. While the idea of cancer is a nightmare for anyone, the fact is that a child surviving cancer in this country is many times more likely than a child surviving it in Africa. Back to the stats – compare the 9/10 survival rate of childhood cancer here in the U.S. with East Africa’s number – an absolutely devastating 1/10. Only one out of every 10 children who suffer from cancer in Africa survive. That’s a brutal reality that should not be. And it doesn’t have to be.
And If that’s not a good enough reason to get back on the horse and run a little bit (or a whole lot), I don’t know what is.
We all have family and friends that have suffered or even been lost to cancer. If you’d like to join me in a cause that is likely near and dear to all of us in some way, please do! I have committed to raising $5000 on my way to this insane run that – at present – I am in no way equipped for.
It’s gonna be a long year. But if it helps in some small way to get a badly needed facility built, the first of its kind in the entire African continent, it will have been worth the pain! If you have the means and desire to give to such a cause, don’t hesitate! It will certainly be money well spent!