Chris' 2020 Half Marathon Fundraising Effort
After running the 5K at last year's Pittsburgh Marathon, I have been steadily building up my running base in preparation for the half marathon this year. It would mean so much to me if you could make my efforts worthwhile by helping the countless suffering people in the world through the great organization that is IOCC.
The dollars that I raise will help provide life-saving and life-sustaining services--without discrimination--to some of the world's most vulnerable populations in over 50 countries, including the United States, Ethiopia, and Gaza/West Bank. Among its other programming, IOCC has done the following:
*Promoted literacy and learning for underserved youth in America
*Provided emergency relief to the people affected by the Syria conflict
*Supported the drilling and long-term maintenance of wells in Tanzania
*In Ethiopia, IOCC has worked to alleviate podoconiosis, a painful swelling of lower legs and feet caused when bare feet are exposed continuously to silicates in some soils. IOCC has expanded prevention and care to new places, offering education to raise awareness and reduce stigma and training both health professionals and patients in care.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal by making a donation--large or small--to help IOCC provide the tools needed to help rebuild communities, one family at a time. Every single gift makes a difference!
COVID-19 Contingency Plan: In the unfortunate event that the Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend is cancelled because of the pandemic, I will create a 13.1 mile course on the hilly roads I train on and race the half by myself.
COVID-19 Update 2: This year's marathon weekend has been officially cancelled. I am still planning on racing 13.1 mi. probably on Sat. May 2.
Update 3: I'll be running sometime in the morning on Tuesday May 5.
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