Run To Believe Virtual Run
Join us on May 9, 2020 in running or walking the 3rd Annual Run to Believe virtual run. This race is donating 100% of proceeds to Every Mother Counts.
Register below, select your mileage, and 100% of proceeds from your race will be donated to Every Mother Counts to improve access to basic and lifesaving maternity care.
On the weekend of May 9, grab your running shoes and head out anytime, anywhere.
Post a photo on social media in your virtual race bib using #RunToBelieveKNT and #RunTeamEMC.
Miles in honor of Kristin Nicole Thorsen
I met Kristin back in 2014 in Grenada on our honeymoon and from day 1, Kristin quickly became one of my most favorite people. I was a better person for having her in my life. After having similar struggles that I was so ashamed of, Kristin gave me the courage to open up about my own mental health issues and now, I want to honor Kristin and spread awareness the best way I know how – through running.
This virtual run started in 2018 on Mother’s Day weekend -- May 12th which would have been Kristin’s 31st birthday. It was created as a way to honor the life of Kristin Nicole Thorsen who lost her battle to Postpartum Depression on June 2nd of 2017 and look forward to continuing this event for many years to come.
Kristin was a beloved wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was an extraordinary mother; her daughter Kayden was the center of her world. She had an infectious personality and spirit that brightened every room. Kristin most recently worked in the social services industry; she was passionate about working who those individuals who needed help the most. She always put others first and her love, kindness, selflessness, and friendships were admired by all who knew her. She will forever be very much loved, cherished, and most of all, missed.
Maternal mental health issues, such as postpartum depression, is a real issue where 1.3 million mothers in the U.S. are affected each year. These miles will not only celebrate Kristin’s beautiful life but will also help spread awareness for women to find the help they need with ease. All proceeds will be donated in Kristin’s name to Every Mother Counts, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to maternal health before, during, and after birth.
Let us live life like Kristin would and believe you can achieve in all you do. So today and every day, we share Kristin’s story to help others in need because that is what Kristin would want. We share so that others will not suffer this pain. We share so that we continue to believe that Kristin is always with us and that her light will shine on forever.
These miles are for you, Kristin!
-Written by Kristen Garzone, @mellank
Every day, over 800 women will not survive pregnancy or childbirth, and thousands more will suffer from long-term disabilities. Yet, with consistent access to transportation, education and supplies – we can prevent these outcomes.
While there are many obstacles mothers face when accessing care, distance alone presents one of the greatest barriers. In many parts of the world, women have to walk an average of 8 miles to reach the nearest public health facility – even while pregnant or in labor. Every Mother Counts runs so mothers can reach the care they need.
Join us on May 9, 2020
What Your Additional Donation Can Do:
$25 - Can provide a woman in Uganda six rides to the clinic including four pre-natal visits, her delivery and a post-natal visit.
$50 can pay for five hours of legal counseling for victims of maternal health rights violations in India.
$120 can provide one low-income woman in central Florida with four childbirth education sessions on breastfeeding, nutrition, self-care and newborn care.
$150 can provide a clean, safe birth kit for 50 moms in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
$360 can provide individualized education and support on breastfeeding, nutrition, self-care and newborn care for three women in Central Florida.