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As you may know, we had the life-changing opportunity to run the NYC Marathon for the first time in 2017. Not only was the marathon an unforgettable experience, we built a relationship with an outstanding charity which we are now deeply boned.

Since that time, we have become more involved with Shoe4Africa and have found it to be a most impactful charity. Among other things, they have built six very successful schools (with over 1,600 kids in attendance each week), established women’s empowerment organizations, and they have the only public Children’s hospital in all of East and Central Africa – serving more than 400 kids on a daily basis.

Shoe4Africa has done so much to change the lives of so many – yet there is much more to do! The current project is absolutely remarkable and will save countless lives. They will be breaking ground in early 2020 on the Shoe4Africa Julie Anne Perry Children’s Cancer Hospital, which is planned to be a 100 bed capacity facility – though they would love to increase capacity to 150 beds if at all possible, as the need is very real.

We would like to invite you to join with us in this venture. We could really use your help!

You may ask, why now? and why Africa? We are glad you asked!
– Africa is the second largest continent on earth, with 4 times the population of the U.S.A…….1.3 billion people and not one children’s cancer hospital.
– In Africa 9 out of 10 kids with cancer will die; In the U.S.A. 1 out of 10 kids with cancer will die.
– In Africa 4 out of 5 sick kids die without ever seeing a doctor
– In Sub-Saharan Africa, approximately 1 in 9 children die before reaching their 5th birthday. Currently we have 56 full-time children cancer inpatients at the Shoe4Africa children’s hospital, which is situated adjacent to where we will be building the new cancer hospital. Of the cancer kids currently in the existing hospital, many die and suffer from hospital acquired illnesses that pose a great threat to their suppressed and weakened immune systems while undergoing chemotherapy. Having a dedicated cancer hospital will distance and isolate the cancer kids from the illnesses so prevalent in the general hospital population, in turn increasing survival rate.
– There are only 3 Pediatric Oncologists in the entire country of Kenya; We are fortunate to have one of them committed to practicing at our future hospital (Dr. Festus Njuguna). And he is currently working at our children’s hospital.
– Multiple doctors have projected that in the first year of operation we will save over 350 lives, by building this hospital.

If you are looking for an impactful charity to donate to this holiday season, please consider Shoe4Africa. All donations, great and small, are genuinely appreciated and go to an honest and effective foundation.

Our sincerest thanks to you and yours!