The World AIDS Marathon
The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation will be co-sponsoring its 10th annual World AIDS Marathon in Kisumu, Kenya on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2015. Richard M. Brodsky, President and HIV-positive brain cancer survivor, will be running in the marathon with the Kenyans. For marathoners who would enjoy the company of dining, dancing and being entertained by 850 - 1,000 Kenyan orphans on each of the three days prior to the marathon, this is your run!
Join Richard and Jodi and and REGISTER for the marathon or half marathon. Entry fee for foreigners is $130 and fee for Kenyans is $1. Anyone paying the full registration fee is invited to the orphan dinner dances.
Dr. Richard Sartori, a Garden City, NY pediatrician has agreed to examine the children at the orphan dinner dances and run the half-marathon as well. It is our hope that other physicians will travel to Kenya next year and and provide medical care. We cannot sit idly by while one Kenyan child in 19 will die before their 5th birthday. Kenya is blessed with an alluring natural beauty of fauna and flora, but poverty is rampant. HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, hunger, unsanitary drinking water and lack of medical resources and medication are taking an unconscionable toll in Saharan Africa. 15,100,000 orphans have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.
PICTURED RIGHT: Here’s why we keep returning to Kisumu. The orphans at Hope Initiative were so happy to see my wife Jodi and me return in 2010. One of the volunteers said it was because we were not some nameless, faceless donor whom the orphans would never meet; we were real people who genuinely cared about their well-being.
Says U.S. President Barack Obama,
“AIDS is the worst public health crisis in human history, and finding a cure is a priority of mine. But government cannont fight AIDS alone. People like you are invaluable working at the grassroots to show the human face and spirit that I believe will ultimately defeat AIDS. I wish you all the best for a successful race.”
PICTURED LEFT: President Obama’s grandmother presenting $1,000 in prize money raised by the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation. You might ask, ‘Where’s Richard?’ I finished dead last and Mama Sarah had a busy schedule. I was alerted about this in advance but I realized my Foundation's board members did not send me to Africa to run a half-marathon.
Find out more information by visiting the World AIDS Marathon HERE