Running for Rivers - American Rivers
Keith’s goal is to use Running for Rivers to raise funds and bring awareness to the importance of rivers. American Rivers is a great organization and he is thrilled to team up with them and bring awareness to the great work they do every day. Rivers are vital to our ecosystems and economies, and Keith’s hope is to shine a light on the fact that many rivers are in deep trouble right now. As a biologist and environmental scientist, Keith has spent years studying rivers and how they directly influence human health and prosperity. He believes this adventure has the opportunity to have a positive impact for rivers and the communities that rely on them.
Autism Society of North Carolina
In 2015, Keith was fortunate enough to be a part of an 11-person relay team in the Tuna Run 200 – a 200-mile jaunt from Raleigh to Atlantic Beach. Leading up to the race, his team, Friends in Slow Places, raised over $3,200 for the Autism Society of North Carolina. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the second most common developmental disability following intellectual disability. ASD is more common than childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis combined. Learn more about ASNC at www.autismsociety-nc.org.
Shoes and Clothes for Kids
Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes and clothes at no charge throughout the year to thousands of children in need. Through a network of 32 distribution partners, SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes. As part of Keith’s effort to run the Burning River 100 in 2015, he collected over 700 pairs of new Socks and Underwear for SC4K. Learn more at www.sc4k.org.
Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
In November of 2013, one of the strongest storms in history made landfall in the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated large parts of the country – killing over 6,000 people, displacing millions more, and damaging or destroying tremendous amounts of natural and built infrastructure. Because of a special connection Keith has with the country, following this storm, he started a fundraising campaign while training for the Kiawah Island Marathon to help some of the hardest hit areas: Leyte Island of the Eastern Visayas. Keith ended up raising over $2,100 during his marathon effort, all of which went directly to Leyte.