Dear Friends, Family, and Strangers:
I have decided to take on the challenge and join TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) endurance training program and help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. I will be competing in the Chicago Marathon on October 11th, 2015.
For the last several years I have made a yearly commitment to find a charity and help support, both financially and with my service. Last year many of you donated to help the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center’s fight against suicide, by helping me coordinate the 5k run and support walk, or by donating. This year, I am no longer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a result, I have found a new organization to connect with, and here is why:
When I moved to Chicago almost one year ago, I didn’t have a job, or a home. Thankfully, with the help of MANY people, I found both. I began working in the housing program at the Bonaventure House, which was created in the 1980’s in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic to provide housing, and supportive care for individuals who were literally dying on the streets of Chicago. Since the inception of Bonaventure House, it has continued to provide services to hundreds of individuals who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
I had the opportunity to work with individuals who were formally homeless to ensure that they remained in stable housing. This was able to be done by the Aids Foundation of Chicago — Every penny that is raised goes directly to programs, like The Bonaventure House, which is why I am so excited to help raise money.
Participating in this training program, I will get the opportunity to run a marathon, which has been a long-time bucket list item for me. However, most importantly, it will give us the opportunity to provide monetary support to organizations that provide DIRECT services to people in need.
Please help support me in my training and to reach my fundraising goal. (Click the “Donate” button to the right).
I truly appreciate all of you!
Garrett Paul Shotwell