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Recent NYU graduate and student-athlete Isabelle Turner has turned her attention to marathon running, specifically to help raise money for Shoe4Africa, an organization focusing on health, education, and empowerment in Africa.

“I love to find ways to give back to people less fortunate. I am very fortunate to be where I am and have what I have,” Turner explained. “Nine of 10 children diagnosed with cancer in East Africa are dying, but the patients lack the medical resources to survive. Shoe4Africa is trying to change the world with its work there.”

One of the main ways she and her father Mike were going to contribute was by raising funds to compete in the 50th anniversary of the New York City Marathon on November 1. “We had already started raising money and were looking forward to running for Shoe4Africa, but everything was put on hold with everything going on,” she noted. The event was canceled on June 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We would love to stick with it for the 2021 marathon.”