In 1993, I was feeling old, because I was about to turn a quarter century. Since I'd just moved to Boston, I resolved to run the Boston Marathon, which hapened to be scheduled for my 25th birthday. It was an incredible experience, made more so by the fact that a wonderful young woman that I'd just met (Adean Mills) was waiting for me at the end of the race. Now that I'm about to turn a half century, I decided to celebrate my 50th by running another marathon to raise money for two amazing non profit organizations, Partners for Youth with Disabilities and Israaid.
While I'm definitely feeling the effects that another 25 years have had on my legs and joints, I'm inspired by both the incredible work that these two organizations do, and by the fact that I'll be met at the end of this marathon by Adean and our wonderful children.
IsraAid (www.israaid.co.il) is a non-governmental organization committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support. For over a decade, their teams of professional medics, search & rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers, have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian response in the 21st century, including Houston, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Iraq, Fukushima, and Nepal, as well as in the many destinations for Syrian refugees.