Women will run from NYC to Washington D.C. To raise money for Planned Parenthood.
The Republican obsession to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to defund Planned Parenthood is being met with resistance from people all over the country – and one woman in New York came up with a positive way to raise funds for the health organization.
Alison Mariella Désir is a running coach and the founder of Harlem Run (a running group based in New York City) and on January 16, she and other women will be running from New York City to Washington, D.C. to raise money for Planned Parenthood. The journey of 240 miles will take place over a period of five days – that’s 48 miles per day. (The New York City Marathon is 26.219 miles.)
The goal is to raise $44k to support Planned Parenthood — and to honor the 44th president, Barack Obama. A week before the scheduled event, her GoFundMe page shows that over $33,000 has already been raised.
Désir wrote in part: “It’s no secret that this incoming administration and Congress have a target on women’s right to choose and women’s health. There will never come a time that I look back and wonder, ‘What could I have done to protect that right?'”
An update to the page: “Over 100 women have reached out to me wanting to be part of this epic journey. In an effort to accommodate as many women as possible, we have converted the run into a relay so that women may sign up to participate along the way.”
Visit her GoFundMe page HERE.