Local triathlete Emily Davies recently ran the San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon in California and raised some vital cash for a stricken teenager in the process.
Davies ran the 13.1 miles in 1 hour 42 minutes and 7 seconds to finish 30th in her 30-34 age group, quite an achievement considering there were 2,155 runners in her age group alone.
The recipient of her kindness is Demitrie Connor, a 15-year-old Caymanian who until a few days before she ran was perfectly healthy until he was suddenly struck down by a stroke.
He was air-lifted to Miami Children’s Hospital and a brain tumour was found. He has made small improvements since but it may be months before he is well enough to return home. In the meantime medical bills are piling up so Davies decided to do her bit to help Demitrie’s family. She wore a vest in the race with Demitrie’s image on the front.
“I knew that I really wanted to help use the race as a platform to help someone in need in Cayman,” Davies said. “My passion in life is helping others and when I received the email from a friend about Dimitrie and the plight of the medical bills his family were going to have to pay there was no question in my mind who I wanted to help.
“As I only had a couple of days to plan before I flew out to California, I got approval from the family, got a shirt screen printed from Cayman Screen Print and I was ready to run for Dimitrie.
“I did not know him or his family before I received the email however I knew in my heart he was the person who needed to benefit from me completing the half marathon in San Diego.
“I am waiting to hear back from the account signatory the final tally I raised. The goal I set was $1,300 or $100 for every mile I ran. I knew that was very ambitious as I only had a few days to fundraise prior to the event. However I wanted to challenge myself and also felt that amount would make a difference.
“Dimitrie is not talking as yet however his family have been very grateful and expressed their gratitude for what I have done.”
The 32-yea-old corporate administrator will run more half marathons and marathons overseas in the future and intends to fundraise for other local worthy causes.
“I actually already know what the next cause will be but I’m keeping it under wraps for now, so I just need to sign up for another half marathon.”