Dear friends, family, colleagues, and supportive strangers:
Two of my greatest passions in life are running and philanthropy. More often than not I find that I am able to combine the two, and here I am, once again, finding myself able to not only participate in the sport I love that keeps me sane and grounded but also able to raise money for a great cause.
It's long been a dream of mine to run the Boston Marathon, and on April 20, 2020, just a few days shy of my 36th birthday, I will head back to New England where I first learned to love running to begin with and finally realize that dream!
But the 26.2 miles is the easy part - first I need to raise money for CYCLE Kids, an organization dedicated to strengthening the resiliency and health of children by giving them the fun and practical skill of riding a bike. I know the moment I learned that two wheels can take you much farther than two feet can I gained significant independence and confidence.
I aim to raise a minimum of $12,000 by race day and I hope you will help support me and this great cause. The funds will go directly toward advancing the mission and goals of CYCLE Kids. Remember: no amount is too small to help a deserving kid in need.
With deep gratitude and humility -
The mission of the CYCLE Kids program is to strengthen the emotional and physical health of children by giving them the skills to lead active and healthy lifestyles, using the fun and practical skill of riding a bike. CYCLE Kids provides schools with bikes, helmets and a curriculum, training for teachers and volunteers, and program assessments. Students are provided with their own textbooks, “The Student and Parent Guide to Biking and Healthy Eating,” designed to be shared with their family.
CYCLE Kids is a national organization with programs in ten states and the Navajo Nation in Arizona, reaching over 3000 children each year, over 28,000 since inception. Since 2004, CYCLE Kids has engaged children in physical activity to address the health and emotional issues facing today’s children. The program is built on the belief that the simple and captivating skill of riding a bike changes lives.
As an Official Charity of the 2020 Boston Marathon, our goal is to raise funds to reach more children living in underserved communities with the CYCLE Kids program. Your donation will give students access to a learning experience that will not only teach them how to ride a bike and how to make healthier eating choices, but will help them build confidence and self-esteem, create supportive relationships, succeed academically, and create a foundation for future success.