Lisa Ann O'Keeffe

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Lisa Ann O’Keeffe

My name is Lisa Ann O'Keeffe from Kingston Upon Hull, England. I am excited to join the HERD as I have been fortunate to have enjoyed training in Kenya for the last 8 years. During this time I have seen first hand the great work that Cross World Africa does and how they impact the lives of the people in this area of East Africa. 

Last August while in Iten, I became seriously ill and was treated in the town's hospital for a week before being flown home, where I was in Intensive care and remained in the hospital for over a month. The doctors in England told me that the care that I had received while in Kenya had probably saved my life. Therefore I am running the Marine Corp Marathon as my way of thanking and giving back to all the people that looked after me, cared and supported me during that period of time. For me the Rift Valley is like my second home and I am so grateful for the friends I have made, many of whom over the years have become like family. Last October I was hospitalized and unable to walk....October 2019 I intend to be running through the streets of Washington DC raising as much money as possible for the people and the place that I have grown to love.

-Lisa