Christian Lisowski clears stage 3!

Christian Lisowski is a Medtronic employee hoping to raising awareness and funds for the Sulzbacher Center’s medical services by competing in the Marathon des Sables, also known as “the toughest footrace on earth.” Wish him well by sending him encouraging words at marathondessables.com, Christian Lisowski, bib # 544 and check-out his latest update below:

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Stage 3 – 23 miles
Another day of dunes, but these weren’t nearly as high as day 1. There were almost 100 degrees yesterday and this morning, the temp was 107. Today my strategy was active recovery. I was able to get calories and water today which was crucial after not being able to yesterday. According to veterans, this has been an unusually tough year. There is a nervous energy in camp; the 50-mile stage starts tomorrow. The terrain is incredibly tough so 50 miles on exhausted legs and spirit is intimidating but I feel like I am rested and ready and will formulate my strategy in the tent tonight. I wish I could send pics, but I am limited to 1000 characters and no attachments.

Thank you all for sending email, I can’t describe how much it lifts my spirits. I look forward to sharing all pics when I get home.


Christian

Donate now to help him raise $1,000 in 6 days for the Sulzbacher Center: http://www.sulzbachercenter.org/content/run-christian.

Christian Lisowski Advances to Stage 2!

Christian Lisowski is a Medtronic employee hoping to raising awareness and funds for the Sulzbacher Center’s medical services by competing in the Marathon des Sables, also known as “the toughest footrace on earth.” Wish him well by sending him encouraging words at marathondessables.com, Christian Lisowski, bib # 544 and check-out his latest update below:

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Update from Christian Lisowski:

Another tough day, but not as bad as the dunes. The heat really kicked up today near 95 degrees. This stage was mostly flat with lots of sand and rocks, then more sand, then more rocks. This stage took over 8 hrs to complete. The running is very difficult as I’m basically running in ancient dry lakes and river beds and up mountains. The topography here is similar to new mexico, rust colored dirt, and high plateaus as big canyons. I’m back at camp now trying to recover for another dune day tomorrow, then the 50 mile non-stop stage which starts Thursday.

Thank you to everyone who has sent emails. It really lifts my spirits when they get delivered to my tent-they actually print them out. Keep sending them, it means a lot.

I will send another stage update tomorrow after the stage is compete.

Thank you all again,

Christian

 

Donate now to help him raise $1,000 in 6 days for the Sulzbacher Center: http://www.sulzbachercenter.org/content/run-christian.

Christian Lisowski Completes Stage 1!

Christian Lisowski is a Medtronic employee hoping to raising awareness and funds for the Sulzbacher Center’s medical services by competing in the Marathon des Sables, also known as “the toughest footrace on earth.” Wish him well by sending him encouraging words at marathondessables.com, Christian Lisowski, bib # 544 and check-out his latest update below:

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Update from Christian Lisowski:

Stage 1 complete!
The first stage was extremely difficult. 21 miles total. We started straight into the dunes for 9 straight miles. Dunes like you see in the movies. Upon exiting the dunes, we went into a dried riverbed which was extremely challenging as the wind was head on at 35 knots. It’s hard to even describe the sandstorms generated by this wind.

This stage was so challenging that only the elite runners could manage more than a power walk. The stage took me 7:05 hours to complete 21 miles. Toughest 21 miles I have ever run. We finished with more 700 m dunes then into base camp. 21 miles down, 137 to go.

Thank you to all the people cheering me on back home. I’m feeling tired, but my feet are in good shape and I’m in good spirits.

Tomorrow is a new day and brings a 26 mile stage. I will send another update at the conclusion of tomorrow’s stage.

Regards,
Christian

Donate now to help him raise $1,000 in 6 days for the Sulzbacher Center: http://www.sulzbachercenter.org/content/run-christian.

 

Donate A Day‬ for Education: Meet JoJo

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‪#‎DonateADay‬ for Education: gofundme.com/2020challenge!

Before Jo Jo and his mother Monica came to the Sulzbacher Center, Jo Jo was in danger of failing his classes. With a 1.5 GPA and the end of the school year quickly approaching, Monica knew a change needed to be made.

During their stay at the Center, Monica changed Jo Jo’s school and Jo Jo took full advantage of the help the Sulzbacher Center’s children’s department had to offer.

“The Center actually offered math tutors and college tutors would come in and help us and stuff,” said Jo Jo.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Jo Jo would take his homework over to the children’s building to be assisted by dedicated volunteers, including dozens of students from University of North Florida School of Nursing. Of all the tutors there was one who had a tremendous impact on Jo Jo and his ability to understand mathematics – Mr. Craig.

“Mr. Craig was a nice person. He understood me and he understood what I didn’t understand. He was also understanding when I messed up a couple of times,” Jo Jo explained.

One of the most amazing things that happen when children live at the Sulzbacher Center and are active in the children’s programs is that their grades tend to improve and Jo Jo was no exception!

Thanks to the hard work of Jo Jo and all of his supporters, Jo Jo was able to raise his GPA to a 2.7 in the last 9-weeks of the school year!

We’ve raised $6k in 20 days, but there’s still time to reach our 20k goal before our ‪#‎2015Transformations‬ this Thursday, October 15th! You can donate online at gofundme.com/2020challenge, host a fundraiser among friends, family, or coworkers, or purchase tickets to Transformations and be present for our big announcement.

Visit our website at www.sulzbachercenter.org/transformations to download a full ‪#‎2020Challenge‬ toolkit and to purchase tickets to the event. Together we can help end homelessness one person at a time!