Most of these donation pages start with an intro that says "I need your help," but I'll be honest, I don't need your help. I am however, asking for your help.
Like many of you reading this, my life right now is such that I am not dealing with some major tragedy or dire circumstance - and for that, I am extremely grateful. But so many others are not so fortunate, and I'd like to do something to try and make a difference.
Four years ago, myself and close friend Anna Boom, helped to raise funds for a member of our women's trail running group. This member's son was diagnosed with leukemia while living on one of the US military bases in Japan, and sadly, passed away before he saw his 9th birthday. The money that Anna and I were able to donate didn't save his life, but it helped by contributing to ongoing medical costs and possibly towards research support. We didn't do much but we did something.
I have the opportunity to do something again, this time for a member of the gym I work at. This member's name is David Pretorius, and in 2010 his three children were in a horrific head-on collision.
His eldest daughter Alexandra, survived the crash but still deals with significant emotional trauma. His four year old son, Adam, lost his life on the roadside, in front of his sisters. And his middle child, Holly, somehow miraculously survived but is now confined to a wheelchair, for what doctors say is forever.
David is not buying into that prognosis! Ever since that day, he has been raising money to help support the Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility at Auckland University, through the charity of which he is now a trustee - Catwalk (www.catwalk.org.nz). He is whole-heartedly committed to serving this cause, and driven by the ground-breaking work they’re doing to get people (like Holly) walking again.
I have always made the claim that "I run because I CAN!" I am blessed to have legs that move! And because I CAN run and move (albeit, when I am not injured), I have decided to run the entire Auckland Half Marathon series this summer, and hopefully raise money in the process.
I'd like to do what I can to help David, by supporting his efforts in raising funds for The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust.
Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!