Meet Astor and Why I’m Running a Marathon

472_photo1_Jul14-230x300I’d like to introduce you to Astor*. Astor is 5 years old and lives in an orphanage in Eastern Europe right now. But not for long!!! My friends, Eric and Blythe, are adopting sweet Astor!!! I am so excited for them, Astor, their family, and this crazy roller coaster they are already on.

If you follow this blog, you may have noticed I recently posted about my interest in Foster Care/Adoption and if you’ve seen my Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook you probably know I also love to run. On October 25, these two interests are coming together!

On this day, I will be running my first (yikes!) marathon in Greenville, SC. After my first half-marathon I swore I would never run a marathon – 13.1 was good enough for me! But, let’s be honest, I’ve never been satisfied with just doing half of anything in my life. Fast forward a couple of years to today and a couple of half-marathons later and I decided I wanted to do a full marathon. I also knew I wanted it to be more than just running. During my runs I would dream about different ideas and ways to raise awareness and funds for something I cared about.

During this time, my friends, C and J decided to adopt a little girl with special needs from Eastern Europe. You can read their story here. I approached J and asked if I could use my marathon to raise money for their adoption expenses. However, they are now FULLY FUNDED!!!!! Can you believe it?!?! I am ecstatic. Little K will be coming home soon!

In the meantime, I was constantly checking Reece’s Rainbow, a non-profit organization that connects potential families with children with special needs.

Still, I wanted to do something more. J told me about another family who was also adopting. Enter Eric and Blythe. Well, I already knew them, but I didn’t know they were adopting again. They are also using Reece’s Rainbow and will be adopting a little boy, Astor. To learn more about their story, be sure to follow their blog!

I am so excited to use this opportunity to connect more people to their story. They will need about $25,000 for the adoption. My goal is to raise $1,000 by October 25 towards those expenses.

This is where you come in. Will you help bring Astor home? You can donate online here or you can mail a check to me and I will give it to them.

My thought is to have people (this means you) donate per mile. So if you donated $1 per mile that would be $26 dollars. Of course, any amount would be great. There are several ways you can donate. All donations made to Reece’s Rainbow are tax deductible.

1. If I know you personally, you can mail or give me a check made out to Reece’s Rainbow and I will make sure it gets to Eric and Blythe.

2. You can mail a check directly to Reece’s Rainbow and put “Eric and Blythe-Astor” in the memo line. The address is

Reece’s Rainbow
PO Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD 20885

3. You can donate online here via PayPal. PayPal takes 3% of the donation though so consider going old fashioned and mailing a check instead!

If you are going to be in the Greenville area on October 25 I would LOVE to see you at the race. It is always super encouraging for me to see people I know while running. Funny or encouraging signs are a bonus 🙂

*Not his real name.