TSWGO Summer Challenge: 23 Miles for Esther

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Hi there! My name is Dreana. I'm a 23 year old grad student working towards my M.S. in Biological and Forensic Anthropology. Right now, mom and I are chipping away at walking 23 miles before August 3 in honor of what would have been Esther Earl's 23rd birthday. You can read more about Esther, her impact, and TSWGO below. Any donation that you can give towards my $123 goal (a play off of 23 and my own birthday of January 23) would be greatly appreciated. As someone who grew up chronically ill, I've experienced first hand (albeit on a smaller scale) how stressful and heartbreaking it can be for families to worry about taking time off work/paying bills/paying for treatment/etc. while their child or teen is in the hospital. TSWGO does so many amazing things and I'd love your help to support their great work. 


This Star Won't Go Out is more than just the name of an organization, it is an idea, it is a promise. The charity, commonly referred to as TSWGO, was founded in memory of Esther Earl, a bright, vivacious teen who died in 2010 from thyroid cancer. TSWGO aims to keep Esther's "Star" alive by giving grants to families with a child going through cancer treatment.

Though Esther is no longer with us, her passion and spirit have continued to prove that a short life isn't necessarily a bad one, and her story has ignited love and hope throughout the world long after her death.

To honor Esther we have pledged to run, walk, or bike at least 23 miles between July 1st and August 3rd, to commemorate what would have been Esther's 23rd birthday.

On Team Awesome, we are not pro-athletes, we are not super heroes, we are completely normal people. But we have committed to challenging ourselves throughout this month to honor the spirt of Esther Earl and keep her star alive through the This Star Won't Go Out foundation.

Please consider giving to one of our Team Awesome members in order to raise funds for TSWGO. All donations will go directly to the organization and will help families with a child receiving treatment for cancer.

Together we pledge to honor Esther Earl by making sure that This Star Won't Go Out.

Click here to learn more about Esther and her story.

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