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Using the power of soccer in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Two years ago, one of my dreams came true, as I was able to live and work in New York City during my time on One Life to Live. Since my story ended in June of this year, I have returned to Los Angeles to continue my career. On Sunday, November 7th, I will return for the first time back to NYC, to complete another dream of mine, the NYC Marathon. I have been a runner my whole life, and have always had aspirations to complete the 26.2 mile journey. But after two knee surgeries, years of complacency and the pursuit of other dreams, I found myself further away from my goal than ever. Enter inspiration. I am not sure if any of you are aware of Ethan Zohn's story, but I will try to do him justice in this quick synopsis. In 2002, Ethan won Survivor: Africa, and subsequently started a charity called Grassroots Soccer (grassrootsoccer.org), which promotes HIV/AIDS awareness in Africa through soccer. It is an incredible organization which has educated thousands of African youths and established programs in countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Liberia, Sudan, Ethiopia to name a few. I had the privilege of meeting him in NYC through some mutual soccer friends, and during time spent on the field and off, developed a friendship with him. In September 2009, after already battling the disease once, Ethan was diagnosed yet again with Hodgkins lymphoma, and underwent new treatments. In April, he overcame adversity yet again and announced that he had received a clean CT scan, and the cancer was in remission. Now, after winning the battle of Survivor and his battle against cancer, he will attempt to accomplish this same dream of his own. The NYC marathon. I am looking forward to literally following in his footsteps as I join him and his team as we navigate the five boroughs of NYC to raise money for Grassroots Soccer. I have been training for 3 months, and am excited about running through this city that I grew to love so much over the last two years. If you know me at all, then you know my affinity for the game of soccer, and GRS is doing some very positive things for so many children who have been affected on the African continent. I have pledged to run the marathon to help raise money and awareness for GRS, and with all of your help, I hope that I can assist them in meeting their $200,000 goal. Please feel free to go to their website, http://www.grassrootsoccer.org, and take a peek at the beautiful work they are doing overseas. Whether $25, $50, $100 or more, your contribution will go directly to educating African youths on building better basic life skills and encouraging healthier behaviors in order to successfully liveHIV free. The AIDS virus has been an epidemic all over our globe, especially in Africa, and with your help, we can make a difference to thousands of children who just simply need a few people to care.
Grassroot Soccer's (GRS) mission is to educate, inspire and mobilize youth to stop the spread of HIV.

The GRS Marathon Team's goal is to educate 8,000 more youth by raising $200,000 by December 1, 2010. You can help them smash this goal because it only takes $25 to provide effective HIV-prevention to one youth.

GRS is a registered 501c3 organization. We are committed to being worthy stewards of all funds received to provide the best possible HIV prevention programs.

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Total Donations: $2,610.00
Goal: $5,000

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Kavin Boodram $25.00
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Karen Green $25.00 "You're a good man, Brett Claywell. Glad to help in some small way, and truly appreciate the effort you are putting forth to help the children of Africa."
Greedy Algorithm $10.00
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Patrick Demkowski Hidden "Cause this is such a great cause and you are such a wonder & sweet person, and I was so honored to meet you last April, I am gladly donating! Good luck with the marathon Brett! "
Jiminy Jones $25.00
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Margaret Patterson $50.00 "Brett....I heartily applaud you for your participation in this very worthy cause and for your dedicated committment to helping your fellow man...I feel privileged to call myself a 'fan' of such a caring and honourable young man and wish you the very best of luck in achieving your goal which i have no doubts that you will succeed in doing...You continue to make your fans very proud and we fully support you in your gallant efforts in this very worthy endeavour......Good Luck and God Bless You Brett......."
Anonymous Hidden "Brett, you mentioned grassrootsoccer.org last year in an interview and you were very inspired indeed and inspiring. There are good causes out there, but in connection with sports, I think they are even more remarkable and ingenious. I'm glad to be able to help raise money to achieve your goal and Ethan's dream. I wish you both the very best and I'm happy to help you with that bucket list! Please tweet more! (o; Merci beaucoup, Claudia I."
Raymond Stone $50.00
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Anonymous $25.00
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Anonymous $25.00
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Holly Proudfoot $25.00 "What a great cause. Also: What up, Patti?"
Laurie Benoit $100.00
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Elina Slavina Hidden "I'm very glad to be able to help in some way to raise money and to achieve your goals for such a wonderful cause dedicated to helping children and their families in Africa. Your fans are very proud of you. Good luck in NYC marathon!!!"
Kevin Bell $10.00 "Brett, I'm a big fan. What a great cause. Good luck with your run."
Sean & Christine Astin $50.00 "You rock! We will be cheering you on every step of the way!!! Love ya, Sean & Christine Astin"
Steve Holland $25.00
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Alicia Forbes $50.00
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Anonymous $20.00
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Ellie Gerber $50.00
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Anonymous $50.00 "Your involvement with great causes is inspiring. I usually hate soaps but thought your character on OLTL was awesome. Looking forward to your next gig!"
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Erin Miller $25.00 "Good luck in the marathon, Brett. Thanks for working so hard for such a great cause. (And say hi to Kyle Lewis - we all miss him.)"
L Kalucki $100.00
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steve holland $25.00 "Brett congrats on The NYC Marathon Run ! Brett MAY God Bless You !"
Anonymous $100.00
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Betty Chung Hidden
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robin fletcher $10.00
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Karen Green $25.00 "This donation is from Natali Acosta. Natali's comment: "I can't donate much but I fully support you on this cause Brett. What you are doing is amazing and this is a long step on the run against HIV/AIDS. Keep running Brett and remember you are doing your best and no matter what happens you will always have our support. Best of luck ;)" "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way." Babe Ruth "
Margaret and Jean Patterson $50.00 "Keep up the great work Brett....your dedication and committment is inspiring....."
Steve Holland $25.00 "Brett You have inspired us all with GRS ! Best Wishes on Nov. 7th in The NYC Marathon! Brett may God Bless You always !"
Nickel Steve $50.00
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Anonymous Hidden "What you are doing for families half way around the world is wonderful. I am wishing you much success with the Marathon, I know you have been working really hard to get ready for it. You are a blessing in this world, we need more like you. I am more then happy to help in a very small way."
Jeri Novara $25.00 "We are rooting for you Brett! Go get 'em!`"
Anonymous Hidden "Have an excellent marathon, Brett! It must be great to be back in New York City for such a cause/event! Be careful though! All the best! C. ? #MissKISH & #USVote"
Chris Tonell $25.00 "Get it Spoda!"
Michael Kato $25.00
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Brian Fuerst $25.00
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margaret doherty $50.00 "Brett .....happy to support your cause even though it is the "wrong " marathon. Boston is best! hope to see you soon again on the tube or in the movies. you are greatly missed. "
David Perry $50.00 "Way to go, Brett!"
Sarah Schumacher $25.00
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Vicki Willard $25.00
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David Reyes $75.00 "Good luck with your marathon goals Brett. This is an admirable undertaking for a good cause. I'm happy to be able to help in some way. Your journey has been inspirational to me as well. Since you've been so dedicated to training for race day, I'm sure you'll reach your personal time goal. Can't wait to hear about your successful result! ;) "
Christopher Reilly $25.00 "Best of luck tomorrow, Brett!!"
Margaret Patterson $100.00 "donation on behalf of the thankful Patterson family to one less fortunate in Africa.... "Good luck Brett....God speed....you can do it" The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.... ...Sir Roger Bannister...CBE...(Olympic athlete).."
Anonymous $25.00
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Karen Green $100.00 ""To whom much is given, much is required." I'm so blessed to live free and to have my every need met by a loving God. God bless everyone involved with Team GRS for their efforts to save the lives of those less fortunate."
Robyn Williamson $150.00 "Brett, you are a true inspiration and I wish I could give more. Clearly the size of your talent is only surpassed by the size of you heart. Good luck in the marathon and with all your future endeavors. There is no doubt in my mind that with the dedication, loyalty, kindness, and sense of humor that you have shown us all, you will be successful in everything you do."
Ben Quan Hidden "Thank you Brett. "
Anonymous $50.00
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Tim Gillham $50.00 "Brett, The story you told on OLTL made me a fan, and I really respect the work you are doing. I'm looking forward to your future endeavors. All the best to you."
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