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I am asking for your support! Please help me to help my friend focus on her fight to beat cancer and not the rising pile of unending bills.

Hi Everyone!
I am in the middle of designing this effort for the benefit of a friend who is fighting the fight of her life with cancer!
Miles for Mercedes is going to be my donation site on which I will tell you all about my journey towards the Platte Half Marathon to be held on April 10, 2011.
With each race I run, I raise for a different cause or nonprofit.
This year it is different... I am raising so that my friend can focus on fighting cancer, not the utility company or the other bills she is faced with each month. She is an amazing woman who has done it all. She left her beautiful home country of The Dominican Republic to come to the US when she was a teenager. She, like many, had the American Dream. Living in New York City, she could have chosen to stay at home and rely on her husband at the time to support her, but Mercedes had too much ambition. She was determined to not only find work, but to seek out classes to become fluent in English. She went to school and became a bilingual secretary. From there she worked many jobs and in all of her years of work she NEVER once took a sick day. She worked through a divorse and worked more to raise her children. She never lost her determination and never once relied on help from the government. She is so proud to be American and she represents so many Americans who worked so hard their whole life giving back. Raising her children and working she never took the easy way out. Now we have the opportunity to show her as Americans that her American Dream is something that only happens when you work together. Let's give back to her by lending her a hand and allowing her to rest without so much burden and worries.
Today Mercedes is unable to do the very things that made her so proud. She love working and providing for her family. She worked fulltime up until the chemo made it impossible to keep working. She misses her work so much. She misses the interactions with clients and coworkers so much. She now relies on a very minimal social security check and the help of her sons to make ends meet. She no longer is capable of providing for herself and those she loves. She has to rest and works hard to keep her apartment up.
I will post soon how you can help! Please send the link to this blog along or take a collection in anyway you find possible. I have raised thousands for nonprofits, and I can tell you that this is the race that is the most personal for me. I have never experienced cancer with a friend. Most of you have. Most of us have seen the burden that it brings.
PLEASE help me help a friend, a strong woman who needs a celebration more than anyone I know right now in my life. Allow this race to bring great things to her life. Allow this race to bring attention to those with so little fighting for their lives.
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