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At 4 years old, my family moved to Washington State from a refugee camp in Southern Thailand. My mom narrowly was captured by the Khmer Rouge regime before immigrating to Thailand. I was a child of a single mother, yet still I became the first in my entire family to graduate from college. Since those college days, I knew that I wanted to somehow help those less fortunate and living in poverty. I am a para-educator in a title 1 school. A mother to 2 daughters and a host mom, I love educating children.

16 years ago I started running, yet I became an avid runner in 2013. In May 2014, I ran my first marathon in 3:41 time, it was hilly, phew. My motto now is “Mind over matter” because recently, I had an ankle stress fracture from crashing on pavement, during 6 weeks of no running, I went from no movement to stronger runner!

I’m happy to be running NYC marathon 2020 (my 12th marathon) to help the Shoe4Africa Hospital in Kenya that has treated over 100,000 African youth!! Before signing on to run for this amazing organization, I had no idea that children are not treated first if they enter a general population hospital. I love this opportunity! Teaching diverse youth here in Washington state, my wish is that more African girls and boys can grow up in a healthier world with lots of educational opportunities. I am hoping you all can help me reach my goal of $3000! Thank you in advance for any amount.