I will be competing in the Grand to Grand Ultra from 25 September to 1 October.
The challenge involves running 6 stages, 7 days, and 170 miles (273 KM) from the Grand Canyon to the Grand Staircase in Utah.
I am dedicating my participation to the work of The END Fund in supporting children and adults suffering from tropical diseases. This organization focuses on ensuring children and adults are not suffering from the five most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). I met the END Fund's CEO, Ellen Agler, in October 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda, and in learning about their work, was inspired to do more.
The good news - these diseases are both treatable and preventable. With low costs, NTD treatment is considered the "best buy" in public health. Studies have also shown that NTD treatment is the most cost-effective way to keep children in school by increasing school attendance as well as concentration and capacity to learn.
That is why I am dedicating the personal challenge of completing the Grand to Grand to raise both awareness and funds for people suffering from these diseases.
Your donation will make a real, lasting impact in the lives of those in need. It will enable the END Fund to achieve the following impact:
$25 helps treat 50 people at risk of NTDs for one year
$40 supports one essential eye surgery to prevent blindness from trachoma
$100 helps treat 200 people at risk of NTDs for one year
$250 helps treat 500 people at risk of NTDs for one year
$500 helps treat 1,000 people at risk for NTDs for one year
Together, we can END the neglect!