Yesterday it was FREEZING here in the Northeast. Like literally freezing. While the snow (yes, snow) was falling, I was curled up in my warm house glued to my iPhone where I had downloaded an app to track runners in the 2014 NYC Marathon. One of my dearest friends, Taryn, was braving the elements, racing for a cause that she has been raising money for, along with her sister, for the last 6 months.
Through the incredible wind in NYC and cold temps, Taryn raced across the finish line at 3 hours and 10 minutes. FOR A MARATHON. WITH 50 mph WINDS.
Let me tell you a little bit about my friend Taryn. We met at UNH back in the day. I had the joy of being able to get to know her while running on the UNH Cross Country team. She was (and still is) incredible. Taryn would run 10 steps ahead of you while having a full conversation with you at the same time. You would finish your run and realize that you ran minutes faster than your target pace and you could barely catch your breath. So, as I sat there watching my phone waiting for the next update I couldn’t help but smile as I thought about all of those runners on that course that were about to experience Taryn’s first marathon.
The other side of my friend is that of one of the most genuine people you will ever meet. Taryn would do anything for anyone. I know, I know, people say that all the time. But I couldn’t mean it more. She is one amazing mom, wife, woman, and you could only be so lucky to be a part of her life. She (and now her sons) have me laughing in stitches over FB posts and when we do get to see them, man o man, it is nothing but an extra special good time and hurt stomach muscles for the next week.
So of course, when Taryn said that she was running the New York City Marathon for Every Mother Counts, it didn’t surprise me one bit. In fact, it made me feel so proud. Because if there is anyone that an organization wants representing them, it is her. The essence of Taryn is exactly what this world needs more of.
Did you know that in the U.S. alone, 2 women die every day due to complications in childbirth? And across the world, 287,000 women die every year. 98% of these deaths are preventable.
For many of these women, transporation is a barrier. Living too far from the nearest healthcare facility or having impassable roads makes it hard to get there when needed. There are solutions. Vouchers can be provided, healthcare workers can be brought to rural communities, etc.
Skilled attendance at births is considered the single most critical intervention for ensuring safe motherhood. Prenatal care is another important factor. Those who do not receive it are 3-4 times more likely to die during childbirth. The solution – Education.
Basic medicines, running water, electricity, communications, or lack there of is cause for a massive amount of deaths to mothers. Access to solar power, supplies, and creation of mobile communication towers are all solutions.
Every Mother Counts strives to provide these solutions. With the thought that every little bit helps, these solutions aren’t expensive. But the price we pay when they aren’t available most definitely is.
- $5 Gives a woman in Uganda a ride to a healthcare facility for prenatal care or delivery.
- $50 Allows an uninsured woman in the U.S. to have a prenatal visit.
- $25 buys a Mama Kit filled with supplies to help a mother deliver safely.
100% of your donation to Every Mother Counts will go to a portfolio of programs around the world to ensure that mothers get the care they need.
So, start with $5 – provide that transportation. Or purchase a medical kit. But do something because our help is needed. Donate to Taryn’s cause.
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