Thundering HERD Athlete Bio:
I began working with Cross World Africa in the summer of 2011. In those days I was in shape, competing for Cornell University as an NCAA Track and Field runner. It was track and field that brought me to Kenya in the first place, when I was still hoping to find that magic bullet which brings so much Olympic glory to this small corner of the world. But it was Cross World Africa, and its founder (my coach) Kevin Thompson that kept me coming back to East Africa thereafter. Over the years I’ve gradually became more involved in CWA projects, helping to lead its SAT tutoring prep campaigns, the livestock projects, and also helping to organize the MHM initiative last Spring. Cross World Africa brings so much hope and joy into the lives of my friends in Kenya that it is an absolute blessing to be a part of this organization. If you have ever been to rural highlands of western Kenya, or inside the massive urban slum called Kibera, you understand that poverty is a pervasive challenge in this country. But I can also testify that Kenya’s greatest resource is its people, who are kind, hardworking and resourceful. All it takes is one opportunity, and it can change the fortunes of an individual or family. That is why I continue to work with CWA, because I believe in its mission. These projects are changing lives, providing a hand up, not simply a hand out. I believe in the CWA mission enough to dust off the old running shoes and take the streets in the Marine Corps Marathon this October. If you believe in the power of hope, and like me want to see it become a reality for thousands of Kenyan’s this next year, than please support this Running with the Herd campaign!