I am very happy to share that I will be participating in the Chicago 2022 Marathon running for Latinos Progresando! An organization that actively serves the Chicago community by focusing on Family, Community, and Progress. When I came to the United States at the age of 14, organizations like this helped my family and I navigate the new world around us. Thus, it really means a lot to me to be able to raise funds for such a wonderful organization that helps individuals and families to build secure, healthy, and productive lives - and whose mission and vision continues to be shaped and led by people in the community.
This would be my first time participating in the Chicago Marathon and I cannot wait to start training for it. I love running and what it has done for me. I got the “running bug” around 2017 when I started cheering for people during races and I was captivated by the perseverance, commitment, camaraderie, and grit – next thing I knew I was signing up for 5Ks and then running my first marathon ever (NYC)!!! For me, running has been there when I have needed it the most: when I wanted clarity and peace, when I needed to feel powerful, when I felt anxious, when I needed to get into the right headspace – and it keeps helping me reminding me that I am capable, strong, and resilient.
I hope you make a donation to my fundraising as this would help Latinos Progresando keep making a difference.