As COVID19 has continued to devastate people across the nation, I have been working as one of the National Logistics Directors of MedSupplyDrive, an entirely volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to getting personal protective equipment (PPE) to those that need it. We have been working tirelessly to get PPE to hospitals, clinics, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, indigenous reservations, prisons, community aid groups, and more. And the work has not slowed down. We have chapters nationwide, over 1,000 volunteers, and a thriving Youth Engagement Summer Program on health equity that I've been honored to teach.
MedSupplyDrive was founded by a group of Georgetown medical students and started out in March collecting donations of PPE from our communities, local labs, and small businesses, but that pool has largely dried up. As places reopen, folks don't have spare masks and gloves to give away, so we have pivoted to purchasing PPE from FDA-approved and trusted suppliers. This means that fundraising is integral to our mission to keep supplying frontline workers and marginalized communities with the protective gear they need. My very first delivery for MedSupplyDrive was several boxes of gloves that I ran 14 miles to pick up and deliver, and as a New Yorker with no car, much of my work for MedSupplyDrive since then has involved long hauls on foot. It seems only fitting to continue to run for the cause.
Although the official 2020 NYC Marathon was cancelled, I will be running it solo, masked, and for MedSupplyDrive. On November 1, 2020, I will follow the original route of the race as closely as I can, and I hope you will join me in this journey by contributing your money to help me reach my goal of $15,000. This will allow us to purchase masks, gloves, cleaning supplies, gowns, and more and distribute them to areas of high need across the country.
Lastly, because 2020 has continuously thrown us curveballs, I'll toss out one of my own: for every donation larger than $250 that I receive, I will add an EXTRA mile onto the end of my race. I've always loved a challenge, and I would love to make this race my first ultramarathon of the year! Please help me reach both of my goals and help MedSupplyDrive continue to do this all important work.
Check us out at medsupplydrive.org and @medsupplydrive on Twitter and Instagram! If you're interested in following my training and updates, follow me @marathonformasks on Instagram!
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