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In honor of my marathon on 10.10.10, I'm raising $10,000 for my favorite organization, Vital Voices Global Partnership.

 As everyone knows, I've been in running mode since last October and knocking out the important milestones before the big race.  I've decided to give this race a bit more meaning and help my favorite organization.  It was three years ago when I met Mukhtar Mai through Vital Voices from Pakistan who was gang raped for being accused of holding hands with a girl from a higher caste tribe. After the sexual assault, she was forced to walk home naked in front of hundreds of villagers and was ordered to commit suicide for the shame and tradition of the rape. Instead, Mai reported the crime and sought justice. She was awarded compensation money that she used to build a school for girls and another for boys in her village of Meerwala. She still receives threats to her life, but she refuses to leave her hometown. Now she spends her time on an aid organization and ambulance service.

Women like Mai inspire me to stand up and fight.  I'll never know where she got her audacity or courage, but I'll be forever in awe.  I want to support women like her.

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