As a doctor, a humanitarian, and a triathlete, I feel very connected to malaria and the devastating effects it continues to have on families in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is 100% preventable and treatable, yet a child dies every 60 seconds from the disease. With the help of organizations like Nothing But Nets, I hope to see malaria eradicated in my lifetime. In order to turn this dream into action, I am joining Nothing But Nets to raise awareness and send bednets to help save lives.
Nothing But Nets just announced the Million Nets Pledge, a two-year goal to protect refugee families with 1 million bednets by the end of 2016. This is an incredible commitment and I want to help get them started!
To help kick it off, I pledged to raise funds and awareness for malaria by running every day through World Malaria Day, April 25, as a demonstration of solidarity with the millions of refugee families across sub-Saharan Africa who often have to walk miles to safety or to be diagnosed and treated for malaria.
To up the ante and make this a true challenge, I will be competing against Nothing But Nets Director, Chris Helfrich! Each of us will donate $1 for every mile that the other runs from now through April 25. The loser will also be buzzing his head!
Watch out Chris! I am an eight-time Ironman finisher, was named to the All-Navy Triathlon Team five times, a three-time U.S.A. Triathlon All-American, competed internationally in numerous Ironman events, and was on The Bachelor—I’m tough competition.