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Making a difference with my community by my side

I started this race during my junior year of high school at Greenwich.

After learning about the Flint water crisis, I was disturbed and worried. I remember donating $3 to Mari Copeny's GoFundMe (that's all I could really afford), and then getting a sinking feeling in my stomach, knowing that $3 wasn’t even a fraction of what it would take to solve this issue. I wanted to do more. And I figured other people felt the same way - feeling like they should be doing more than they can individually. And so I decided the best way I could help the Flint community would be to bring together my own.

With the help of all my family, my friends, my family's friends, my friend's family...we put on the Run Fast For Flint 5k. The first gun going off on July 28th, 2018, the Greenwich fundraiser raised $335 for Flint, and I couldn't be more proud. That's my community's direct contribution to another in need.

I plan to continue organizing this race until Flint has clean water. That could mean the race ends next year or ten years from now. But until then, Run Fast For Flint will come together once a year to raise awareness about Flint, environmental racism, America's infrastructure emergency, and raise money to buy clean water bottles for Flint families.