Charla Runs for NYC Survivors
First of all, thank you so much for clicking the link to my fundraising page! I would appreciate it if you can take some time to read my personal story below that took me a lot of courage to share. I hope this story of mine can help you understand my reasons for doing a charity run with Safe Horizon.
At the beginning of 2019, I’ve lost a person in my life who played such a big role in my whole human existence. I have been mourning to the reality knowing that I can never bring this person back and losing this person also means that I’ve lost a part of my identity, a void that I never knew how to fill. For the past months, I have been in constant sadness and pain, not knowing where to begin and has caused my mental health to trickle down. My day to day basis was a constant battle between depression and anxiety. I’ve lost my sense of self; my soul was in constant search for answers and this was probably the darkest time of my life.
A few months ago, I’ve been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder and have decided to pick up running back in order to combat the symptoms. Although I’ve never really liked running before, this time I found myself running for the right reasons. I’ve incorporated running in my morning routines and unknowingly, later on, it became a source of strength for me and a hobby that I truly enjoyed. My 5k runs suddenly became 10ks, and instantly found myself signing up for half marathons. I enjoyed the mental strength I gained from doing speed runs, hill runs and early morning cold runs. It has become my cornerstone for healing and my steady processing of my pain. And on days when I needed the energy to keep me going, running has pulled me out on my dark days. The unlimited source of endorphins and joy that running brings me has helped me cope on days I needed to pick myself up. It has helped me power me through the studying that needs to get done, show up for work or simply just being able to get myself out of bed. It is my constant reminder of how strong I am, knowing I am able to fight for my life and move forward. By the end of the day, it's not about how many miles I ran or how fast I can go, but it's knowing that I am capable of putting one foot forward in front of the other.
Now that I’ve been running for myself, I’ve decided to share this source of strength and empower individuals whose lives have been shattered by all crimes and abuse across all five boroughs in NYC. On March 15, 2020, I will be running the New York City half marathon to raise money for a non-profit charity named Safe Horizon. This charity has helped more than 250,000 individuals each year. They provide compassionate and expert support for people who have faced domestic violence, sexual abuse and child abuse, human trafficking, rape, sexual assault, and violent crimes. If you’re wondering why I chose this charity, my answer is pretty simple: they’re in pain too. I want survivors to know it’s not the end of the world and that they have a chance to rebuild their lives. I sincerely hope that by running 13.1 miles for these survivors, I’d be able to help many to move forward and pull themselves out in the darkest times of their lives just like I did.
By March 5th, my goal is to raise $1,250 for Safe Horizon. Below are some gifts you can make and how it can make a difference to thousands of New Yorkers that Safe Horizon helps every hear:
$16 helps to answer one call to Safe Horizon’s 24/7 domestic violence hotline
$35 means Safe Horizon can change a lock for a survivor of domestic violence
$50 provides access to showers, laundry, and computers for homeless youth for a year $100 provides a day of childcare while a parent is in court testifying about abuse
$148 gives a family at a domestic violence shelter a “starter kit” containing essentials they will need to start over
To whoever is still reading this, thank you so much for taking the time to read. I hope whatever battles you are fighting in your life, I wish that you may also find your source of strength and light. I am asking for your support to reach my goal as I work hard to train myself and finish a strong sub 2:00 hour happy New York City half marathon in 2020.