Let’s be honest - Dan Baker isn't a natural runner. This begs the question: how did he end up agreeing to run the Boston Marathon?
"In 2017, a friend convinced me to run my very first half marathon. It was sponsored by a chocolate company - easy sell. Let’s be clear, I was underprepared, but I finished,” he says about his first major race. Originally from Australia, Dan has lived in Boston and worked for Hancock Natural Resource Group for just under a year. Yet despite his newcomer status, Dan gets what it means to be a Bostonian, and every year people like Dan run the marathon to celebrate the values of the city.
Dan will be running the 124th Boston Marathon, but he needs your help in order to meet his fundraising goal of $5,000! Dan is running for The Okoa Project, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to healthcare and improving health outcomes in the last mile. They have created a motorcycle ambulance trailer that’s already been used to take so many people living in the last mile to the hospital for life-saving treatment.
So what is the “last mile”? It describes rural, often isolated, communities that have poor infrastructure and little access to communication, often are without paved roads. An astounding 75% of the world’s poor live in last mile areas with insufficient access to healthcare. When asked why Dan chose to run for The Okoa Project, he says, "I strongly believe access to healthcare is a basic human right. Too often simple barriers, like access to timely and affordable transport, prevent people accessing the health services that they need.”
The Okoa Project has designed a motorcycle ambulance specifically for last mile areas where emergency transportation would either take too long to arrive or where it simply does not exist. In many of these areas, walking 5 hours to the nearest clinic would be your only option. Currently, The Okoa Project operates in villages across remote regions of Tanzania and will be launching 8 new ambulances across the remote northern region of Ghana in February.