Last week, Paul Ryan announced that the GOP would defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act once Donald Trump takes office January 20, but one woman isn’t taking the news lying down.
Alison Mariella Désir is a New York City-based running coach and founder of the Harlem Run running group. Several days ago, Désir announced her plans to team up with three other women and run over 240 miles, from New York City to Washington D.C., to help raise money for Planned Parenthood. The run, which will start on Wednesday, January 16 and go for five consecutive days, has gained so much traction that more than 100 women have reached out to take part of her journey.
According to her GoFundMe page, Désir hopes to raise $44,000 to support Planned Parenthood, an amount she decided on in honor of the 44th President of the United States and PP ally, Barack Obama. Considering she’s already raised $32,303 in seven days, we have a good feeling that she will complete — if not exceed — her overall goal.
“As I reflect on 2016 and plan for 2017, I find myself unable to reconcile the election and the impact of what a (he who shall not be named) presidency will mean for many Americans,”she wrote on the GoFundMe page. “I would like to think I did all that I can to help get Hillary elected but based on results it is clear I could have done more.”
She continued, “It’s no secret that this incoming administration and Congress have a target on women’s right to choose and women’s health. There will never come a time that I look back and wonder, ‘What could I have done to protect that right?'”
Due to the overwhelming positive response, Désir has since changed the run to a relay so all women can participate and even sign up along the way. “I can’t do much, but I CAN do this. See you in DC,” Désir wrote.
You f*cking go, girl. For more information on Désir’s route and hew to donate to her cause, check out her GoFundMe page.
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