This isn't my first rodeo. And by rodeo, I mean marathon! A few years ago, after fitness became my life saver during a particularly rocky patch, I decided to attempt to run a marathon. I've have rheumatoid arthritis for 20+ years and I'm NOT a runner, so it seemed crazy at the time, and like the perfect way to prove to myself that I could overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The training was hard, and I was injured. It wasn't fast and it wasn't pretty, but I did it! And I said " Phew! Thank God that's over! Never again!"
That was until My Friend's Place became an official LA Marathon partner this year!
You likely know that I spend most of my days at My Friend's Place, working with an extraordinary team helping young people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles to move toward lives of stability and wellness and a permanent exit from homelessness.
The obstacles and challenges that we see our homeless youth face everyday are varied and many, and my heart has broken in witnessing their pain. But our young people's strength, resourcefulness and resiliency is ASTOUNDING, and I am renewed and inspired at every turn by our young people's capacity to heal, grow and thrive, despite it all.
I'm constantly reminded that our young people on the streets put one foot in front of the other for miles, because that is what they must do to survive. As I get ready to put one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles, I can't think of a better reason to do it than to help our youth to have the opportunity to THRIVE!
Please consider joining me in my efforts to both complete the 2019 L.A. Marathon AND raise funds for My Friend's Place and services for youth experiencing homelessness along the way. My Friend's Place has launched into our biggest year yet as an organization, which means we need your partnership more than ever before to help support the vital programming offered to our young people experiencing homelessness.
Any and every gift makes a difference, so please consider contributing today as My Friend's Place continues to assist and inspire youth experiencing homelessness to build self-sufficient lives.