Marathon Runner Reflects on His Fundraising Experience
On May 17, 2009 Tad Fry’s decision to run the Cleveland Marathon came to fruition: it was finally race day. Through his training (physically, mentally, and nutritionally), Tad reinforced his appreciation for food and water and for the work of Action Against Hunger. His participation in our Athletes Against Hunger group allowed him to harness his dedication and enthusiasm to raise awareness and funds for Action Against Hunger’s life-saving work. After a successful event, Tad shared his story about the journey:
The Cleveland Marathon was an awesome experience. After months of training, it all paid off by running 26.2 miles through the streets of Cleveland lined with amazing crowd support. There were a total of 2,353 finishers, and I placed 322 with a finish time of 3 hours 31 minutes 36 seconds. My sister Toni placed 992 with a finish time of 4 hours 6 minutes and 33 seconds. We were very happy with our results and are so thankful for the support of Action Against Hunger.
Our awareness and funds campaign, Going the Distance to End Hunger, went extremely well. This is a major credit to the prompt and highly effective communication of Action Against Hunger. It was amazing working with them to bring the issues of acute malnutrition and global hunger to the forefront of the minds of family, friends, co-workers, and athletes we've met throughout training and races. This campaign provided many with the opportunity to learn and contribute to the solutions for ending world hunger. With everyone’s help, we raised $420 for Action Against Hunger's sustainable programs; thank you so much to all who donated!
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925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
Malnutrition affects 32.5% of children in developing countries.
1 out of every 6 infants are born with low birth weight due to undernutrition among pregnant women in developing countries.
1 out of every 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world's top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.