“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary”

by Erica Tapia

Supporting: RUN FOR LATINOS 2022 for Latinos Progresando



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.   


Latinos Progresando is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization specializing in the issues of immigration legal services, community health, education, and peace. As an extension of this work, LP leads the Marshall Square Resource Network, a 45-partner collaborative on Chicago’s southwest side that builds the capacity of member agencies and advances integrated solutions.

LP’s mission is to deliver high quality information and resources for people to build secure, healthy and productive lives.  The organization was built from the ground up, and even after 20 years, LP’s vision continues to be shaped and led by people in our community.

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