"Good luck, James, and well done!!!"
"Go, James, Go!"
"Good luck Mr. Porter!"
"Have a great run -- bless your heart for all your goodness."
"Good Luck! Though I am absolutely sure you are not going to need it! :)"
Three and a half years ago, I joined a small group of passionate and committed people just starting out working to end neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). That team has now grown and since 2012, with our partners, we have provided over 310 million treatments to over 140 million people! Those numbers tell a larger picture story, but there are 140 million individual stories behind that number.
In Burundi on my first visit to END Fund programs in 2014
I've had the privilege of seeing first hand the difference the END Fund makes. Visiting a school in Rwanda, (where the prevalence of schistosomiasis was 69.5%, but thanks to treatment, the prevalence in 2014 was 0% ) and talking to the head master about the children who can focus on learning more now instead of being sick was remarkable. I was also humbled by Toyota, a woman suffering from elephantiasis who I met on Idjwi Island in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She walked 3 hours to tell us her story in hopes that her children and grandchildren would not have to suffer the same fate as she did.
Toyota prepares food in DRC
A few years ago I also found running. At first, it was a challenge to keep me motivated and exercising. Now, I can't imagine my life without it! After completing my first marathon in my home town of New York City, the chance to run a marathon in Zimbabwe over Victoria Falls while raising funds and awareness for NTDs seemed like an opportunity I couldn't pass up.
Will you join me in making sure there are more success stories like the Rwesero Primary School in Rwanda and that children like Toyota's won't have to suffer from debilitating diseases?
Committing $10/mile = $260 = treatment for 520 people! Donate today and remember, race day is June 18!