She starts each day with a walk . . . a long and dangerous journey to her family’s water source.  Her bare soles are calloused from trudging 6 kilometers along this dusty track.  Her only protection is a small switch . . . her weapon against human and animal predators.  When full, her bright yellow jerry can weighs half as much as she does.Her body aches from carrying such weight.  She knows the water she brings will make her stomach sick, her intestines clench, her skin flake, but what choice does she have?  For this is the only life she has ever known . . . the only life she will ever know.  She will never know the joy of childhood play, the spark of curiosity that comes from sitting in a classroom.  She will only know this walk.  One day she will grow up, become a mother herself, and send her own daughter on the same dusty journey for dirty water . . . 

                             

Friends, this doesn’t have to be the way her story goes.  Together we can change her story and the stories of many of the 748 million people worldwide who lack access to a clean water source.

On March 18th, I will take to the streets of Los Angeles for my 5th marathon – running again with Team World Vision to provide clean water for children in sub-Saharan Africa.  My goal is to raise $15,000 to change the stories of 250 children.

$50 will provide a child with safe, local access to clean water for a lifetime.  No more 6-kilometer walks to a dirty water source.No more struggling to carry 41 pounds of water.  No more debilitating illnesses caused by contaminated water.

Won't you join me in changing our world?  For what you routinely spend on a month of Starbucks, a new dress, a pair of shoes, or a trip to the movies, you could make a lasting difference for someone!

-Tracy

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