From sunrise to sunset on Friday, June 26th, my dad and I are running the Break The Cycle 200 running relay to raise money and awareness to break the cycle of human trafficking in Central Iowa and SE Asia. My dad and I have set a combined goal to run 100 km that day and raise $10,000.
Many people see this event as a run or ride, but I see more than that. I see the why rather than the what. Why am I doing this? Sure, it’s fun to be part of a team and challenge myself but more importantly I’m fighting for the ones who can’t.
Did you know that 14 is the average age of a human trafficking victim in the United States? I happened to just turn 14 this past May. There are thousands of 14 year old boys and girls who are trapped in human trafficking. These kids don’t get to have a normal teenage life. They don’t get to drive for the first time or venture into high school, many things we take for granted. Unfortunately, the very slim percentage of these kids who are rescued from human trafficking, are scarred for the rest of their life. They will never be the same.
That’s where Break The Cycle 200 comes into play. The money you donate is used to help restore victims’ lives, so that they can find their healing journey. When and if you donate, please don’t think about me or the people running, think about the lives you are transforming. While I’m running, I am going to remember the why, not the what. I am going to remember the millions of boys, girls, and women who suffer everyday from human trafficking.
Would you be willing to donate $0.10/km, $1/km, or maybe even $10/km?