To our support-team:

We are approaching race day and we are ready! Thanks to you supporters we have reached and surpassed our $60,000 goal and we are ready to run! So many of you trusted us, believe in the women's program and gave money toward our ambulance. We thank you!

Most women in Haiti deliver their babies at home without a skilled attendant. Many moms and babies die because no one was there to get them life saving help. Our program seeks to educate women, give them prenatal care and prepare them for the safest birth possible. In an emergency situation we will be able to get them to a hospital quickly. As you read in one of our earliest posts we had a mom who delivered her baby in the dirt while trying to get to us. At night there is no public transportation so women deliver at home. What a difference having an ambulance vehicle will make!

If you visit Haiti you will be amazed at the number of overcrowded orphanages. Many of these kids are from moms who died in or around the weeks of childbirth. Our program aims to change that. Our goal is safe pregnancies, safe birth and intact families!

Thank you for trusting us! We runners thank you and we will be thinking of your donations as the miles pile up and we are hurting! Your donations will help us to make it to the finish line! Thank you for giving to a program which aims to help women who are powerless to help themselves. Thank you for caring! Thank you for investing in a runner and investing in the women of Heartline!

You gave for them - we will run for them! We all cross the finish line and win!

Beth McHoul

To the Runners

Here we are runners, just a few days from the race. You did it! Your training is done, you're tapering down and you've gone beyond what you thought possible! Some of you are first time marathoners. When you cross that finish line you will be part of an elite group of people who have run 26.2 miles. Very few people can run a marathon or a half marathon but you can! Most amazing to me is that you are doing it for someone else. Women who are poor, powerless, and don't have a voice. You are running so that they are guaranteed a safer birth, a ride to the hospital if necessary, a ride to and from home.

There are no words enough to thank you. You are making all this possible. People have supported you, given money and are cheering you on to the finish line. Crossing the finish line at a marathon is a life changing event! You will be stiff, sore and beyond happy!

Thank you for reaching out to your communities, friends, churches and family to support us. As I look over the list of supporters I marvel at how many names I do not recognize. That's because so many of us reached into our communities and got support from other folks. Folks we don't know who are now a part of our success in Haiti! I am amazed!

Thank you for running and making this real! Our women would thank you but most of them don't even realize what a marathon is. They are running one of their own daily just trying to survive and get through the day. For the women of our program - their lives just got a little easier! We owe you a huge thank you!!

Run well!

Beth McHoul