My name is Thomas Moran and I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of Virginia. I am currently training for my first half-Ironman Triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) in Panama City Beach, Florida on May 11th, 2019. I have decided to fundraise on behalf of MiracleFeet for this race.
MiracleFeet is a non-profit organization that facilitates the establishment of treatment centers, trains individuals, and provides the necessary tools to treat clubfoot in locations worldwide. I am pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery, and first became aware of this organization when learning about clubfoot during one of my medical school rotations. Clubfoot is a congenital birth defect that causes one or both feet to turn inward and upward. It is not uncommon either, occurring in approximately 1 out of 1000 births. In countries with good access to medical care (like the United States) it is routinely managed with a series of casting and bracing during the infant years, leaving individuals with completely normal function afterwards. If left untreated it leads to disability, stigma, and discrimination, making these individuals less likely to enjoy the benefits of education, and placing them at a higher risk of neglect, poverty, and abuse.
This treatment gives individuals a chance at a normal life. Through MiracleFeet it takes only $250 in order to cover the entirety of treatment for one child. I have decided to set my initial fundraising goal at $2,500, as that would cover the full cost of treating ten children. I am passionate about this cause, because if left untreated, clubfoot leaves an individual with a significant lifetime disability that could easily have been avoided with a "simple" and inexpensive, non-operative treatment.
Thank you, and please feel free to contact me with any questions!
Thomas Moran (email@example.com)
All of the money raised will go directly to MiracleFeet.
-For complete transparency into MiracleFeet’s financials: https://www.miraclefeet.org/about-miraclefeet/financials/
Additional links - For more information regarding:
-The Race - http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/gulf-coast.aspx#/axzz5cGb1pRDg
-Clubfoot - https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/clubfoot/
-MiracleFeet - https://www.miraclefeet.org/