Welcome to my Dream Big! fundraising page!
The 2023 Boston Marathon will be the culmination of a special six-year personal journey to become my best self, and to give the best of myself to others. What an extreme honor to be counted among the select 16 runners who will run for Dream Big! at the prestigious Boston Marathon alongside 30,000+ other participants. Dream Big! is a non-profit organization serving girls from low-income situations with resources, equipment and funding to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being.
As a Puerto Rican girl of limited means and the "baby" of seven children raised in inner city Paterson, NJ, I know first-hand the profound impact that access to sports and other positive physical activities can have on good physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. I learned many of life's most important lessons participating in constructive physical activities (dance, bowling, softball, track) such as commitment, self-discipline, teamwork and perseverance. I learned how to set goals, strategize to achieve goals, push through adversity and, most importantly, to never give up or stop believing in myself. I learned that a strong heart and good will kicks open doors, knocks down walls and utterly shatters ceilings!
Sports are a great metaphor for life. They teach and challenge while building strength and character. Statistics consistently show that girls and women who engage in sports/physical activities have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and lower levels of depression and anxiety. We need our young girls in challenging living situations to know that they are not alone and that their futures can be as bright as they will them to be no matter how dim their past/present realities may appear.
Please help me support the wonderful people at Dream Big! who do great work for this cause that is especially close to my heart and particularly relevant to my own personal life. Please donate to my fundraising project on GivenGain and help little girls to not only Dream Big! but to also Achieve Big! No amount is too small. No amount is too large. 100% of all proceeds go to Dream Big!
With love and hope,
Cruz M. Williams