Hello and welcome. My name is Brian Lopez. I'm a combat veteran of the US Army. When I was deployed overseas, I saw how poverty and lack of opportunities affected people in many different ways. I've also seen the genuine good in people who needed help at a life with a chance for growth that would never occur, I've seen children endure without access to education and struggle to survive because they were forced to beg on the streets or start working early to provide income for their families. I would give what I could while I was deployed to Iraq and I was able to see firsthand how financial resources were able to help create jobs. My tour of duty ended and I came home and wanted to serve my city and with persistence, I'm now doing so.
I'm grateful that many of us have the opportunity to freely pursue our goals and am hoping you'll help me in this mission for others elsewhere to have a chance to do the same...so what is Run Across Haiti (or RAH)? It's a 200+ mile run that each runner will do over the course of 8 days to help bring awareness that there are families here who are just trying to get by and could use a little help and opportunity. Your donations go to dowork.org to aid in job creation and training, fund education access for children. This is the foundation for self reliance and sustainability.
I started running as a way to get back in shape following a period of depression that I'm still working on. I've found others that run for similar reasons and others. I want to help as best I can and for me, I know I can do this journey. I want to show you all a beautiful place that shouldn't be pitied or feared with amazing people who just need an opportunity. This is more than a physical endurance challenge, this is about saving lives and helping people build their own future. I've never thought I'd ever partake in literally running across an entire country, to run over 200 miles in the span of a week. I'm honored to be part of joining such a task. This is literally teaching a person to fish vs giving a person a fish x100 or more.
I appreciate any time you took to read through all of this or at least to get to this point. I'm honored and grateful for any donations you can help with, I'm also asking you to please share this page with others. Every bit of support helps and I will not let any of you down.
To learn more about the mission and what WORK does, please visit dowork.org