I am running the Hapalua Half Marathon on April 5 on behalf of Every Mother Counts (EMC). My goal is to raise $500 to support EMC's programs to improve access to quality, respectful, and equitable maternity care in the United States and globally.
As you may know, women's health is an issue near and dear to my heart. Running too is a constant in my life, providing structure, time outside, and space to reflect. As I embark on my first race of the new decade, I train with newfound purpose and intention knowing I will run with Team EMC.
Despite important gains made over the last few decades, over 300,000 women die each year from complications related to pregnancy, the majority residing in low-income countries. Most of these deaths are due to preventable causes. The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate among industrialized countries, with black and Latina women more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth than white women.
Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Their approach focuses on raising awareness of maternal health issues, mobilizing communities, and providing grants to support maternity care. To date, they have provided over $5 million in grants across 7 countries, averaging 89 cents of every dollar spent on program costs. If you're interested in reading more about their work, as well as their accountability measures, please visit their website: https://everymothercounts.org/
I would appreciate if you considered donating to my fundraiser. No amount is too small, and I am grateful for your support.