What is Clubfoot?
For those of you who don't already know, I was born with a defect called Clubfoot where one or both feet turn inward and upward. When left untreated, clubfoot makes it very difficult for a person to walk and to fully participate in physical activites. Clubfoot eventually develops into arthritis and other complications. It occurs in approximately 1 out of 800 births around the world.
What I'm Trying to do to Help
Because I was born in a situation where my parents could afford to get me treatment, I was able to run around like other children, play 8 different sports competitively including being able to play rugby internationally, and now I'm trying to run a marathon. Now being that I've only been training for less than a month, with only a month left to go until race day, I'm not trying to break any records. My goal is to finish a marathon in under 4 hours but more importantly to raise money for MiracleFeet.
How Can You Help?
MiracleFeet increases access to proper treatment for children born with clubfoot in low-and middle-income countries. With MiracleFeet’s support, treatment is free or extremely low-cost for the families who receive it. MiracleFeet has helped change the lives of more than 40,000 children in 27 different countries. I am so lucky that I have the parents that were able to provide me the treatment I needed which has given me so many opportunities and experiences that I wouldn't have been able to have had my clubfoot been left untreated. Treatment is quite cheap, at only $250 per child, a small price to pay to transform a life. Please consider donating any amount to help this cause and help motivate me to run farther than I've ever run before.