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The best team you can ever have is family. In 2010, my sweet mom passed away after a harrowing 11 year battle with breast cancer.

Today, I am fighting to both change the world, and honor her memory as I run the 2020 New York City Marathon for Shoe4Africa with a goal of raising more than $5,000 to help build the Juli Anne Perry Pediatric Cancer Center–The FIRST EVER children’s cancer center in all of Sub-Saharan Africa. It is both a tribute to my mother’s life and a doorway to saving hundreds of lives of children with cancer in Africa every year.  What an amazing legacy!

Childhood cancer is a huge issue everywhere in the world, and so many families have to live with the effects of this devastating issue. Nearly every single person has been affected by cancer in some way…a friend, a relative, a spouse, a child.

An American child with cancer has a 90% chance of living. An African child has a 90% chance of dying. Every year, 100,000 children in Sub Saharan Africa develops cancer, and  90,000 of those kids die.

Shoe4Africa offers the opportunity for those kids in Africa diagnosed with cancer,  to have a fighting chance.

Shoe4Africa Hospital currently serves 50-60 patients in their oncology ward, but the hospital has a big problem. Once you administer chemo treatment to a child, then a public children’s hospital is one of the last places that they should return to. Chemo wipes out a child’s immune system, rendering a young body helpless to fight germs. Yet, as of now, there are no other options available.

The new public children’s cancer hospital– a separate building designed specifically for kids with cancers, only, and with total isolation– is urgently needed, and once built, it will save hundreds of lives every year.

My family has personally contributed over $500,000 to the project, but $1.5M still needs to be raised!

If this goal is achieved, The immediate impact will be at once saving 350 kids’ lives and more than tripling this number within three years.

I know that the journey I’m about to take head-on doesn’t begin to compare with the challenges that my mom and thousands of others facing the same uphill battle are pressed upon to endure. So, for each blister and each muscle cramp, for every time I think I can’t possibly go any farther, I’ll be humbled… recognizing the small sacrifice I’m making on behalf of millions of children in Africa fighting to beat cancer– on behalf of my mom– I’ll think of those who have lost the battle and of those who fight fearlessly every day.

Help me in my journey, with Shoe4Africa, to build The Juli Anne Perry Pediatric Oncology Center–Sub-Sahara Africa’s FIRST pediatric cancer center. Change the world. Be the Hope.