Campaign: 2019 Detroit Marathon
Team: 2019 MI East - Detroit

Tonia Derr

Water is Life! Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. This past year has been a new adventure for our family with baby Sarah arriving in May! It seemed to me that this would be a good year to take off from running and fundraising, but God had other plans. Training may look a little different this year with a stroller, feeding breaks and diaper change breaks, but the mission is the same. We have been blessed by the community that God has created here and we want to help create that same community for people here and in Africa as well as help to provide clean water.

I have personally been blessed with the opportunity to take two trips to the Pokot region of Kenya and see first hand the ripple effects that water can bring to a community. One of my most memorable moments was getting to be a part of a ceremony celebrating turning over a new well to the community. There was singing and dancing that none of my videos seem to do justice. After each group did their performance, they praised God for each of the benefits that clean water brings. They listed the obvious things like reducing disease, establishing schools, churches and medical facilities and then they listed some things I had never thought of like reducing domestic violence and conflict with bees and other animals over water.

We are humbled that such a big God has somehow figured out a way for us to play our part half a world away by running and raising funds. Thank you again for considering donating.