From Stefan Pastor

Kai and I are running 100 days straight for a minimum of 100 miles. In doing so, we want to support and raise awareness for 5 organizations/ causes that have impacted us deeply over the last couple of years.

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As many know, that last few years there have been some significant life events that have caused some setbacks.  One of the things I have always been passionate about is giving.  But more so, giving time and energy to the causes that I am passionate about.  With the pandemic in full swing, my ability to do my normal community service, at the local homeless shelter and mentoring in person has been on hold.  

My goal is to raise awareness and provide support to 5 organizations that have had profound impact on my life over the last couple of years.  

Kai and I will be running every day for 100 days straight and would love your support.  Even if it means showing up and joining us.  Please see below to the cause we are looking to raise awareness and support.  Every day I will provide some information about either the causes or organizations that we are looking to support for awareness amongst my friends.  Whatever the amount that is raised, I will match that amount and split the proceeds amongst the 5 organizations, on behalf of my parents, Janet and Carl Pastor.

As many people know my mom battled and survived breast cancer.  She told me many times that support groups helped her immeasurably and The Claudia Meyer/ Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center was the organization that provided her the peace of mind she needed.

Cancer was not the cause of my mom's death, but a lesser known group of diseases that impacts primarily women between the ages of 30's through 50's, with no cure and many devastating questions, that can go unanswered, called Scleroderma.  This rare, frustrating disease, needs more advocacy and education for the public.

My father, on the other hand, had been battling prostate cancer for 10 years.  Never in remission, he still worked with his patients, as a therapist, until he was physically unable to do so.  He was passionate about continuing to work, as he felt compelled to help people up until the day he passed away.  The team at John's Hopkins was a tremendous advocate during times of stress and frustration.

In 2019, when Kai was injured, the Broward Animal Control saved him, took care of him and made sure he was safe.  I feel indebted to them, for their level of care and concern.

Being from Maryland and being outdoors often, there is the potential exposure of ticks.  Back in 2011, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.  I personally manage aspects of the disease that go unnoticed to most, but it something that dwells under the surface.  There is a much we need to learn for this disease that impacts many, in an assortment of ways.

I look forward to to raising awareness to these causes and organizations  that are near and dear to my heart.  If you want to come out and get some mental wellness in with Kai and I.... you are welcome to join us!!!

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