For the past few years, I have been participating in long distance runs. This year, I have decided to challenge myself to participate in the 2022 Chicago Marathon.
I applied and was accept to run on behalf of Latinos Progresando. This organization stuck out to me because of the meaningful work that they provide families. I was born and raised on the West side of Chicago, with the uncertainty of where I would “end up”. I am unsure where I would be if my family never got assistance. What I do know, is that organizations like this one, gave me a chance.
I was given the confidence and hope to pursue my dreams. Upon graduating top ten percent of my high school class, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy. For the past 15 1/2 years, I have traveled and lived in places that seemed to only exist in television shows. I graduated from college and currently pursue a career in paralegal studies.
As a first generation American and survivor of child abuse, I know first hand the positive impact this organization can make on a child. I hope with reading my story it empowers you to donate and give that family, parent, child, a fighting chance.