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I'm running the Philly Marathon in November. This will be my third marathon, but it will be my first I've done in support of an organization. I've been running with Back On My Feet since June and it's amazing how much I've gotten out of it. Back On My Feet is a non-profit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of Philadelphia's homeless population by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Through running, the organization aims to create a community of hope, trust, friendship, encouragement and support that allows positive decision making for all BOMF members.

In the last few months, I've been at 5:00am more often than in the rest of my life combined. I thought it would be hard to wake up so early, but knowing that there will be a great group of friends ready to welcome me with a hug makes it easy. We meet up and run a few miles together 3 times a week.

In my time with the group, I've seen quite a change. Several of the members have moved out of the shelter and into their own apartments in part due to housing assitance grants from BOMF. I watched Charles run his first mile without walking. I'm sure I'll see him hit the two mile mark shortly. Most of all, I've seen a change in my own attitude towards homelessness.

Back On My Feet is an incredible asset to Philadelphia. It's been such a success that the program will be expanding to Baltimore in 2009. BOMF does more than just promote running, it also helps us all learn how to form trusing relationship. They provide job training and assistance to a group of people that need a little help. I've benefitted immensley from this program and I've run with quite a few others in the same boat.

So help out! Help me provide a housing grant to a member to get them back on their feet. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Back On My Feet, and of course, the donation is tax deductible. For more information about Back On My Feet, visit www.backonmyfeet.org. Thanks!!

Mike

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