Give Her A Tri

Give Her A Tri

From Fanchon Kelley

I am competing in the Chicago Triathlon Race on August 28, 2022. For every race I complete my goal is to give a $1000 to three mothers to help support a financial need. Please read below as I share my story.

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When I was a child I always wanted to be an Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OBGYN). I always had a love for babies and I was fascinated with pregnancy and the birth process. When I was in high school, I continued to carry the dream of becoming an OBGYN. I remember we had Career Day and I was excited to hear that we had two medical students who wanted to share their stories. As I listened to their stories they both shared how extremely hard medical school was and if we were not good at math we would never survive. Those were not the words I wanted to hear especially since I was struggling with math at the time. What was a childhood dream of me becoming an OBGYN quickly shattered into a reality of disappointment and discouragement.

Years later I opted not to go to medical school, but God has a funny way of putting someone back on course. Last year, I became a resident chaplain at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, TX. My assigned unit was antepartum where I got to work with high risk pregnant women. Even though I did not go to medical school I somehow ended up working with pregnant women and journeying with them through there pregnancy process. It was through my experience working with these women where I got to see a first-hand look at the joys and struggles of motherhood.  

The common theme that I saw was women who had major support or minimal support. The women who did not have much help shared how they were the head of their household and everything fell on them. Being in the hospital due to pregnancy complications was scary but, not being able to provide or care for their family while in the hospital was scarier. I listened as different women shared the financial struggle they were burden with due to them being on bed rest and hospitalized.

The women and their experiences compelled me to start this campaign. Even though I am not a medical doctor to women, my purpose is still important, and I want to express my love for mothers through this campaign.  I want to be able to relieve some of the financial struggles, so the women can focus on being a mother. The three women I am looking to help are, a woman looking to get pregnant through fertility treatment, a pregnant woman and a woman who is already a mother. Help me to support these women by donating monetarily to this campaign.

If you know a woman that would benefit from this campaign please nominate them here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-LR8TCIY3oPQsG8DJXwvW-XSB3d1Orl4X9EWKFmhvkO83Lw/viewform?usp=sf_link

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