On Sunday, March 20, 2011, I will be running 26.2 miles as part of the Los Angeles Marathon in support of Project Hope LA. The Dream Center is an official charity of the LA Marathon and has served Los Angeles community for 17 years.
The Dream Center provides opportunities and resources for those facing homelessness, poverty, and hopelessness. Assistance is provided in the areas of food, clothing, shelter, education, career development, and healthcare. This year the Dream Center took it one step further and in January 2011, they opened a 38- bed facility to take in victims of human trafficking.
As an official charity of the LA Marathon, I have joined with The Dream Center to RUN FOR HOPE. Did you know 99% of victims are never rescued from human trafficking? Los Angeles is one of the top three points of entry into the United States for victims of slavery and trafficking. The city's widespread diversity makes it easier to hide and move victims from place to place, making it very difficult for law enforcement to locate potential survivors therefore making it one of the fastest growing criminal industry worldwide.
Our goal is to raise $200,000 for Project Hope LA so that we may rescue and help restore the lives of more human trafficking survivors. No donation is too small and each dollar I raise will help to rescue, rebuild and return to society, the life of a victim of human trafficking. I am proud to run to fight against this injustice with The Dream Center.
To donate to this cause and help fight human trafficking in La, simply go to my individual team member site http://www.crowdrise.com/xmarkyx I also encourage you to visit, both, The Dream Center and Project Hope websites at http://www.dreamcenter.org/ and http://projecthopela.com to learn more about the amazing work The Dream Center does helping restore the lives of those individuals who are survivors of human/sex trafficking. In addition, please note that all your gifts to The Dream Center are tax-deductible! Thank you so much for your support.
Please help me make a difference. Help me save a life.