Don't be fooled. Every time we do something, it is always for a cause, it's just sometimes, the cause is our own. So we celebrate when we come together to do something for the betterment of others.
I've always loved fundraisers. Maybe it was because when I was in Grade 1, Mt. Pinatubo erupted and it was common for our teachers to ask us to bring old clothes, canned goods, used newspapers and the like to raise funds for the "nasalanta."
In high school, I was shipped to my mother in Cotabato and in my third and fourth year, all I did was head donation drives and fill truck loads of goods for the endless needy: a community whose houses have been diminished into ashes, children from the local orphanage, civilians caught in the middle of a war.
In college, I volunteered to teach street children, to build houses, to clean rivers.
As an adult, I volunteered to teach underprivileged children to make their own dolls. Yes, dolls. Apparently, by making their own cloth dolls, they are able to relate their stories, some of abuse.
And now, since my love affair with running, I am happy that I can put my fat legs to help a little child. Anika, a 5 year old child with only one ventricle. So, as an adult, she can truthfully say that she half-heartedly did things, everything. Hopefully, she can reach adulthood with the help of more people who are willing to do things for her cause.
Kudos to Team Breathe Hope and Breathe Hope Runners, Raianne Kei Mata and Boo Toledo for giving us the chance to help children such as Anika.
Should you want to further help Anika and know more about her condition, please read below:
The 2d echo showed that she had a Single Ventricle defect (basically half a heart), a rare type of CHD (Congenital Heart Defect) with other heart defects such as:
Single Ventricle – A complex heart defect that results in one of the heart’s pumping chambers (ventricles) being underdeveloped.
Dextrocardia - is a congenital defect in which the heart is situated on the right side of the body; a otherwise harmless condition. Or refers to the heart being a mirror image situated on the right side.
Pulmonary Valve Atresia –She has a small pulmonary artery. Blood can’t flow from the right ventricle into the pulmonary artery and on to the lungs so low-oxygen (bluish) blood mixes with the oxygen-rich (red) blood in the left atrium.
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) - also known as a "hole in the heart". Is a congenital heart defect in which the wall that separates the upper heart chambers (atria) does not close completely.”
Banco De Oro (BDO)
Account Name: Anika N. Arjona
Savings Account Number: 0281005540
Branch: BDO SM Megamall B
So there, it is not always important to run fast, run long, run like the Tarahumara. Sometimes it is more important to run together and help someone in need.