Dear friends,

I’m struck by the fact that, as of today, 2022 is already half way over. So much has happened already this year. I left the high school classroom, Sonja and I celebrated our ninth year of marriage, I have a new book coming out, and in just a few days I leave for three weeks of research and presenting at a conference in Sarajevo. And yet I could easily argue that the most significant thing to happen in my life this year has happened almost every single day.

As so many of you know, this year I’ve been running the Kandahar Marathon, and in so doing raising money to help Afghan refugees resettle here in Nebraska. Already I’ve run more than eleven hundred miles, and raised more than three thousand dollars. While both numbers seem big on paper, I’m reaching out today to ask if you can help me do even better in the second half of the year.

Presently, I’m pledged to earn $0.26/mile for every mile I run. If you can join the effort by chipping in a penny, nickel, dime, or dollar for every mile I run in the second half of 2022, then together we’ll raise thousands more dollars and help scores or even hundreds more Afghan refugees turn Nebraska into their new home.

All of the money I raise goes directly to the Refugee Empowerment Center, and all of it is earmarked to support the Afghan community. If you want to learn more, I encourage you to visit markgudgel.com and sign up to receive my weekly Kandahar Marathon blog posts. On behalf of myself and all of those we’re able to help together, thank you.

Yours in solidarity,
Mark

Here is the direct link to my FanAngel campaign. Thank you!
https://www.fanangel.com/campaigns/2315/story

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