Hi, my name is Andy.
I was born with bilateral club feet, which required corrective surgery while an infant. I'm very fortunate to have been born into a family with access to an excellent surgeon, who personally took my case on with a dedication to seeing me walk, run and live an active life. As a result of her determination, I'm now an avid runner, surfer and lover of the time well spent outside.
Clubfoot affects 1:800 children worldwide, making it one of the most common birth defects in the world. Unlike so many of the world’s problems, clubfoot is actually solvable — and treatment is surprisingly inexpensive using the Ponseti method, a non-surgical treatment that results in full correction of the foot in 4-6 weeks.
On June 22, 2019, I'm aiming to run my most ambitious run to date — the Wildwood Trail in Portland, Oregon. My run will be 50K (31 miles), and in doing so, I'm fundraising for clubfoot treatment for kids around the world in the places that need the most help.
In running the Wildwood trail, my goal is to fundraise $10,000. That's enough to provide country-wide training of the Ponseti method for an entire country, or complete clubfoot treatment for 40 kids. This is huge, and it's possible if we do it together. Join me as we transform the lives of kids around the world.
More about the run
I've been a dedicated and passionate runner for the past 10 years, fundraising for clean water projects, education, and child sponsorships around the world, through running races (the Chicago Marathon in 2010 and roughly 20 half marathons).
From point to point, the trail measures just shy of 50K (31 miles) and has an elevation gain of 2,700 feet. It's not a race, just an ambition to doing something big. I'm doing it self-supported with the aid of friends and family along the way who will make sure I have the water and snacks to finish in my goal of 5-6 hours.
I'm really excited to run for a cause near and dear to my heart — please join me as we raise the funds to transform the lives of kids all around the world.