Hint: none of them are wearing a cowboy hat.
Yep, they’re all heroes except that goofy one in the running outfit. That’s me at my first marathon in 2012. I'm not a hero. I'm just an average, concerned citizen who wants to help end suffering where I can. Running marathons is a silly hobby when you think about it (especially considering how slow I run). We're a bunch of health fanatics paying for the privilege of inflicting pain on ourselves, then being publicly rewarded for it. After three years of running for my own entertainment, I’ve decided to try and put all of this restless energy to good use.
I’m running it because the real heroes are too busy saving lives to run through the streets of Paris being cheered on by adoring crowds. I’m running it because the heroes at MSF – many who put their own lives in danger just to go to work – don’t get a triumphant photo finish and a medal at the end of their day. I’m running because I'm hoping that if I donate my time and energy (and knees) spreading the word about MSF’s important work, it will inspire enough people to help make a small difference. Please consider supporting MSF, whether by donating to my campaign (deadline February 26), directly to MSF, or simply by spreading the word and sharing this with others. Merci!
To read more about the amazing work MSF does around the world, just have a scroll through the MSF Twitter feed, or this powerful collection of MSF images from 2015: “Photographers, both staff and commissioned freelancers, accompanied our medical teams as they responded to death and destruction on an unprecedented scale in Syria, natural disasters in Nepal and Malawi, to the refugee crisis in Europe, the end of Ebola in West Africa, and to provide care for civilians caught up in Yemen’s war, amongst many other emergencies.”