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Charity Charles: Running To Make The World a More Inclusive Place For All
Why I’m running (again) in 2022:
INCLUSION is a word that carries it’s weight in gold.
Being an inclusive human being costs nothing. Think about a time you felt excluded in your life… and think about the barriers that individuals with visible and/or invisible disabilities face. Does exclusion feel like the norm for many of our peers? There are millions of stories that are not told – lets create memories, share stories and make the nevers possible for EVERYONE.
On April 8th, my dear friend David Jaffin’s mother, Roberta, tragically lost her battle with cancer. I watched David’s strength of making sure his mother’s memory lives on battle his sadness of her loss. David shared his interest in running the marathon with his mother, making sure to include her in this journey. May we all display David’s strength and share our stories with those around us to further inclusion.
Positive vibes always,
Why I ran in 2021:
- My mom, Momma Lerner, was a speech pathologist for elementary school students with invisible disabilities. I vividly remember going to work with her and experiencing the joy that she brought her students by making them feel included. Parents told her that because of her work, their children were able to communicate better. I remember thinking to myself how unfair it was that we could so easily go to a ballgame as a family, but that other families did not have the same opportunity for reasons they could not control. Kulture City is giving these families opportunities to experience the same joy that every child deserves.
- My dad, (legendary moustache) Abe, immigrated to America with his parents, both Holocaust survivors, when he was 8 years old without a dollar in his pocket and knowing no English. He started working at 14 years old, ultimately owned his own business #Avignone, and gave me the most incredible education any child could ask for.
- My Aunt Merle was in a car accident 38 years ago. After the doctors first said she would not survive, and then told her that she would never walk again, she (with the help of my mom, dad and her entire community) defied all odds through perseverance. To this day 38+ years later, although more often seen in her yellow motorized wheelchair endearingly nicknamed ‘bumble bee,’ she can still walk, feed herself, and inspires those around her.
I am running the marathon for all the families my mom impacted, for my dad’s parent’s, for my Aunt Merle and to create opportunities accessible for ALL people. These 26.2 miles are for all of you.
My ‘why’ in life is to make the world a more inclusive place – thank you for your support in this journey!
$0 raised of $26,200
David Jacobson NYC Marathon ’22!
Hi folks! Thanks to the good people at Kulture City, they’ve allowed me the honor of running alongside this magical and special team in this year’s NYC Marathon (my first one…ever!). I’m beyond excited to get this thing started, and I could really use your help along the way! If I’ve ever done right by you, or you’d just like to support me in any way out of the kindness of your heart, please consider making a donation as I hope to achieve my goal! KC is an incredible organization that creates sensory accessibility and inclusion for those with invisible disabilities. Again, thanks for your consideration, and I’ll see you in November!
$25 raised of $2,000
Danielle Yancey Runs NYC Marathon for KultureCity
Running 26.2 miles again this year in the NYC Marathon on Sun, Nov 6th, 2022, for KultureCity! Raising awareness and funds to help KultureCity further their mission to make our community and world more inclusive for those with sensory needs and invisible disabilities.
Join me as I train and run this year’s 2022 NYC Marathon and please help by donating through my fundraiser for KultureCity. I trained and ran last year’s NYC Marathon as a challenge to see if I could complete it after my 2018’s double surgery on my hip & hamstring. I was so happy to cross the finish line last year for KultureCity and those with sensory needs and invisible disabilities and to help raise money to continue many programs across the US and world including: providing Sensory Bags at public venues, providing Mobile Sensory Stations at events, continuing to provide Sensory Inclusive First Responder Certifications across the U.S., building more Sensory Activation Vehicles to take to outdoor events (baseball games/concerts) and indoor events (conferences/exhibitions) and many more!
Those with sensory needs includes children and adults with autism and Down’s syndrome, military veterans with PTSD, adults with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke patients and many more.
Learn more by visiting their website at https://www.kulturecity.org
Hoping to cross the finish line again this year. Please follow along each week with my training and please support my fundraiser for KultureCity!
$0 raised of $15,000
If anyone ever asked me before March 2020 if I would ever run a marathon, my response was always, “hell no”. Then March 2020 came and the world as we know it changed. Pace of life slowed, anxieties rose and I thought to myself maybe I’ll try running. Since then it’s been an outlet for me both physically and mentally and I figure why not do it for a great cause. Last year was my first marathon with the Kulture City team. I couldn’t imagine a more focused and dedicated group of individuals all working in tandem for the good of Inclusion. On November 6th, 2022 I will look to tackle the NYC Marathon representing the KultureCity family for the 2nd time; the nation’s leading nonprofit on sensory accessibility and acceptance for those with invisible disabilities. 1 in 6 individuals have a sensory need or an invisible disability. These are individuals with ptsd, autism, dementia, strokes just to name a few, and need our help. Please feel free to make a donation and show some support for a special cause that helps so many who suffer from invisible disabilities. Thank you again for your generosity and support.
$0 raised of $5,000
Breaking 3 For Inclusion
Breaking 3 (hours) for Inclusion! I am overjoyed to be running the New York City Marathon in support of Kulturecity’s mission to bring sensory inclusion across the nation (and world!). Through this fundraiser I hope to raise awareness and support for those with sensory needs. It is an absolute privilege to be running 26.2 miles all while spreading the message for inclusion with each step!
$0 raised of $26,200
Kelly runs NYC Marathon ‘22 for Kulture City
I am running the 26.2 miles of this year’s New York City marathon for inclusion. As a pediatric occupational therapist specializing in Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration I was so moved to learn the mission of KultureCity and am honored to be a part of this amazing team.
Approximately 1 in 5 children experience sensory processing disorders. SPD may occur with Motor disorders, Neurological disorders, Genetic Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, and may also occur on its own. There are a wide variety of symptoms and presentation of over/under responses to sensory input. Some individuals may experience sound sensitivity, visual overwhelm, and touch sensitivity. Context and environment may significantly impact the nervous system and the ability to regulate their nervous system. KultureCity’s programs assist by creating safe experiences and the opportunity for accessible participation for ALL. Some venues in NYC that participate are the Bronx Zoo, and CitiField. This year I’m running for all of my kids past, present, and future because accessibility and diversity inclusion, and disability inclusion, should be commonplace in our society. Please join me in supporting this incredible cause!
$0 raised of $5,000
Courtney Flynn – NYC marathon
My family has experienced the impact that sensory needs can have on an individual’s ability to participate in the community. I am running the NYC marathon to help raise awareness about sensory needs. I am excited to support Kulture City in their mission to make the world more inclusive and accepting for everyone.
$200 raised of $5,000
Drew Magid – Ironman for Inclusion
Hey there, Friends and Family!
I will be competing in the Chattanooga Full Ironman race on September 25th in support of KultureCity – an organization that creates possibilities through sensory accessibility, acceptance and inclusion for those with invisible disabilities.
While I am excited to swim 2.4 miles, bike 116 and run 26.2 I am more inspired to support an organization that works tirelessly for acceptance and a better future for children with autism, veterans with PTSD, those with strokes, down syndrome and more.
The KultureCity mission and community has inspired me to my core. After completeing several Ironman half distance races, my fitness journey has led me to a new challenge. In my heart, I knew the hundreds of hours of training and planning must equate to something more important than a bucket list accomplishment. Your support means the world to myself and KultureCity. I can’t wait to keep you up to date throughout my training! Learn more about this amazing organization, here: https://www.kulturecity.org
$3,920 raised of $25,000
Ali Runs NYCity For KultureCity
I will run the NYC marathon on November 6th in support of KultureCity, an organization that creates possibility through sensory accessibility, acceptance and inclusion for those with invisible disabilities.
My whys: Persistence, Creativity, Inclusion
Anyone who knows me, will know that I am stubborn, or in more positive terms, persistent. While I fully understand the word no, and why it must often be used, I also know that it can be followed by a why or why not? What barrier could be removed, or what change could be made to create an opportunity, instead of a dead end? (I am not living if I am not creating something). And if I don’t have the answer, who else could I ask or enroll to help find one? I like to believe that challenges, like puzzles, can be met and solved, especially when we all come together. Everyone has something to offer, and the results can be pretty incredible when people feel included in bringing their contributions.
KultureCity appeals to me for the very simple reason that they work to solve the challenges to inclusion, by tackling the barriers to equal access for all. While I was first introduced to KultureCity through running and their philanthropical fitness branch, KCFit, my “eureka” moment came when I took a deeper dive into the story behind the organization and how they view inclusion. These three lines are so simple and yet so profound,
“You see, there is a fundamental difference between awareness and acceptance.
Awareness always gives you an out.
Acceptance does not.”
I will run the NY marathon on November 6th with all of my persistence, to help create inclusion and acceptance for all. I will run to honour all of those who work tirelessly for acceptance.
$5,135 raised of $6,000
Rachael – KultureCity NYC Marathon
I love the work that KultureCity is doing to bring awareness to sensory needs out in the world. The team at KultureCity is supporting and training our team to be more aware of our employee’s needs. I love running. It is an entire body activity and challenge. Running the NYC Marathon with the KultureCity team is a dream come true.
$425 raised of $5,000
Brandee Nelson for Kulture City & Inclusion
Supporting expansion of programs that build inclusion for people with invisible disabilities.
$295 raised of $5,000
Six Marathons & 12k for Inclusion in 2022!
I own a gym in Birmingham, AL and train six young men with sensory issues. Five of them have autism and one has Down syndrome. Almost all of them have completed a race from 5k’s to 10k’s to marathons to even a full marathon! So in their honor, in 2022, I am running six marathons and plan to raise $12,000 for sensory inclusion!
$0 raised of $12,000