Everyone needs a challenge… so I am challenging you, my friends,
On Sunday, October 27th, I will be running the Dublin Marathon in Ireland.
To inspire me and help me get through the long training runs I decided to dedicate my participation in this marathon to kids who are in foster care. I cannot reach all 10,000 of them, but I hope to help a few. Partnering with the Rise Above Foundation and Heidi Caldwell, Craftsbury's Running Director, my goal is to send two foster kids to Craftsbury's Running Camp for a week next summer. You know how much I love Craftsbury - expert coaching (from Heidi Caldwell and a few Olympians or Olympian hopefuls), camaraderie, healthy food in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. But I need your help to raise $3,000 to cover camp fees, running shoes, training clothes and other essentials.
An experience, like a week at Craftsbury, can help youth to overcome the unfathomable hardships that they have faced in their young lives. It is documented that foster youth who receive extra services benefit physically and emotionally; and after leaving foster care they experience fewer medical problems and reduced rates of depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse.
Please Help Me Reach My Goal by donating.
Rise Above Rise Above (www.weriseabove.org) is a nonprofit that gives Massachusetts youth in foster care access to extracurricular activities. The organization fulfill wishes for things like sports fees and equipment, musical instrument lessons, laptops, art classes, prom expenses, summer camp, bikes and more. As MA DCF social workers themselves, two of Rise Above's co-founders saw the powerful impact providing everyday childhood experiences had on foster children’s physical, mental and social health. Any child who is in state custody is eligible for support through Rise Above, and social workers, foster parents or anyone in a child's life can apply for funding. Since the organization began, over 5,000 youth have been served, including more than 1,000 in the last year.
Heidi Caldwell is Craftsbury's Running Director (www.craftsbury.com/running). She ran collegiately at Brown University, where she set several school records and was a two-time Ivy League champion in the 5k. As a runner at Hanover High School, Heidi was a two time New Hampshire state cross country champion and a member of Hanover's two-time New England championship team. After graduating from Brown, Heidi spent two years coaching the women's cross country and distance track team at Tufts University before earning her Masters Degree in Counseling at the University of Vermont. Heidi has an Endurance Events Specialist Certification from the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy and a USATF Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Certification. In 2018, Heidi raced to a 29th place finish at the Boston Marathon in a time of 2:54 and ran a half marathon PR of 1:13 at the Newburyport Half Marathon.