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Together in Hope

Together in Hope envisions a world where children don't go hungry, where children can go to school, where parents can afford to give their children a future and where children don't die of curable illnesses. Together in Hope believes that if we all work together, together in hope that we can make this world a reality and give those living in poverty a future with hope.

Together in Hope works with some of the world's poorest communities living in the Philippines, El Salvador and Ethiopia who have been forgotten by international development organizations. We work with these communities to help them break the cycle of poverty and give them a future with hope.

Kona Marathon
 Big Island, Hawaii
June 26, 2016

In celebration of my 60th birthday in July of this year, I am going to spend the year running a series of marathons, half marathons and 10K's, starting with the Kona Marathon on June 26th,  for the purpose of accomplishing two goals:

1. Get myself back in shape. (When I started this effort, I couldn't run more 3 miles without huffing and puffing.)  


2. Raise enough money to make a serious dent in the fight against human trafficking.  I run free.  I run healthy.  But, there are millions of girls (and boys) who are trapped in sex and labor trafficking nightmares who will never run free if we don't do something.  My goal for this year from all of the races is $600,000. If 10, 000 people give $60 each (something we all can do) then we will reach that goal.  But I can't do it without you.  

Six hundred thousand dollars is an audacious goal, but it is not an impossible one - not if we all do what we can.  A few weeks ago, my children took me to see Kung Fu Panda 3 - a great children's movie, with a great message: if we all do what we can and do it together (in hope), we can overcome the most heinous evil. Yes - even the evil of human trafficking.   You can run with me for their freedom by donating.  (Who knows maybe we might even be able to get Jack Black to help us if he hears about this.)

Here is what I am asking: that each of you give $60 in honor of my 60th birthday and then ask all of your friends on facebook and your email lists and on instagram or wherever, to do the same. If you or they can give more than $60, then give a multiple of $60: $120, $180 or even $6000.  If we get 10,000 people to give $60 each, we will raise $600,000 - wouldn't that be awesome?!  We can do this, if we all work Together in Hope.  (Together in Hope is a 501(c )3 public charity - you can check us out at www.togetherinhope.org) 

I am not getting a penny of it. and your contributions are tax-deductible.  Here is where it will go - to help local victims, to help international victims, and to work for tougher laws against those who traffick human beings.  Together in Hope will distribute the money three ways:

  • 1/3 to Agape International Missions (AIM) in Cambodia,  (fighting human trafficking on the international front) agapewebsite.org
  • 1/3 to YMCA International (rescuing victims in the U.S.) https://www.ymcahouston.org/ymca-international/programs/
  • 1/3 to Children At Risk (working for tougher laws to fight trafficking and to help victims) www.childrenatrisk.org

Donations2Date: $21,993

Donor Donation Amount Donation Date Comment
Cecilia Magahis $60.00* 7/22/2016
Felinda Villa $120.00* 7/22/2016
REBA MCNAIR $60.00 7/18/2016 Good luck to you in achieving your noble goal. Reba
James Robinson $75.00 7/15/2016 Great cause Diane. Pleasure meeting you at hunnewill Ranch last month. JB and Elizabeth Robinson
Teresa Morales $100.00 7/3/2016
david feiler $500.00 7/1/2016 Great job, Diane!!!! We are so proud of you! Love, David, Tory, Luke and Colin
Ellen Sanborn $60.00 6/28/2016 You go, girl! We believe in you. All the best, Ellen
Elizabeth Cooper $100.00 6/28/2016 Happy Birthday Diane and way to go!
Michael Mallia $500.00* 6/28/2016
Heath Knott $60.00 6/25/2016 Happy 60th Birthday Diane!!!!
Marsha Renfroe $60.00 6/25/2016 Good luck today! You are an amazing inspiration!! I love you!!
Anonymous Donor $60.00 6/24/2016
Carolyn Honnette $120.00 6/24/2016 We enjoyed spending time with you. Good luck!
John Esquivel $120.00 6/22/2016 Go! Diane Go!
Anonymous Donor $60.00 6/22/2016 Love and blessings from Levi & Abigail
Emily Chapman $60.00 6/21/2016 Happy Birthday, Diane! What a great way to celebrate!
Paula Arnold $250.00 6/20/2016
Dr. Gregorio Mariano, Jr $240.00* 6/19/2016
Shelly Power $72.00 6/15/2016
Anonymous Donor $60.00 6/15/2016 Good Luck Diane!
Robin Longinow $60.00 6/15/2016
dana boyd $180.00 6/14/2016 You are truly inspirational, Diane!
Julie Van Haren $60.00 6/14/2016 Go Diane!
Ben and Maggie Landgraf $60.00 6/14/2016 Thank you.
East District UMC $500.00* 6/14/2016
Kip Gilts $77.00 6/13/2016 Thanks for running with a purpose. Together let us join hands and free many from a lifetime of slavery and trafficking.
Thomas Brackendorff $40.00 6/13/2016
Jack and Sherri White $60.00 6/13/2016 Thank you for making a difference in this world!
Meredith Mills $60.00 6/13/2016
Jan and Kent Ping $60.00 6/12/2016 Thank you, Diane!
Deanna Young $100.00 6/11/2016 Praying for success!
Ricard Elwood $60.00 6/8/2016 Thank you for running the good race!
Laura Elwood $60.00 6/8/2016
Marilyn & David Meeker-Williams $60.00 6/7/2016 How else may we support you, Diane?
Natalie Allain $280.00* 6/5/2016
Bonnie Osteen $300.00 6/4/2016 Thank you Diane for caring and loving!
Deborah Proctor $100.00* 6/1/2016
Virginia Wall $60.00* 6/1/2016
Edward Blackstone $250.00 5/30/2016
Reagan Simpson $500.00 5/29/2016
Teresa Duryea $600.00 5/23/2016 Diane, you are an inspiration. Thanks for running for those that can't run away from their situation without someone's help.
JOhn Fitzpatrick $1,000.00 5/23/2016 Barb and I truly admire what you and Jack do for others. Maybe if you get Petraeus to run with you - might increase the number of sponsors. God Bless - Fitz and Barb
Beth & Randy Tatum $600.00 5/22/2016 Human trafficking is such a horrific crime. Thank you for continuing efforts for all of God's children who hurt.
Wendelyn Turley $220.00 5/21/2016
Amy and Tim Tyson $1,600.00 5/18/2016 You are a blessing to all of us whose lives you touch! Keep fighting the good fight. Warmest best wishes for your birthday, too!
Leslie Bourne $60.00 5/17/2016 Thank you Diane for making a difference. These are organizations that are making an impact.
Raymond L. Ullrich Jr. $180.00 5/16/2016
Beth Jones $100.00 5/16/2016
Amy Bezecny $60.00 5/15/2016
Charles Young $180.00 5/14/2016 We love you and are so proud of you and your work! Here is a dontion in honor of each of our daughters--thanks you for ensuring a better world for all of our children.
Shannon Stewart $50.00 5/14/2016 .
Kimberly Poer $60.00 5/14/2016 Happy Birthday Diane! You are an inspiration!
Jay Jackson $600.00 5/14/2016 Diane, you are one of the most courageous people I know!
John & Patsy Howard $600.00* 5/11/2016
Laura Power $100.00 5/8/2016 Happy Mothers Day! You are continuously an inspiration!
Laura Munroe $10.00 5/8/2016 Praying for you to reach your goal
Linda Wardell $60.00 5/7/2016 Go Diane! I am proud of you and John would be also. You have a reason to race and you are doing it.
Bellaire UMC $1,102.00* 5/6/2016
arturo cadar $100.00 5/5/2016 Praying for you.
Laura Boston $60.00* 5/3/2016
Jim Parsons $100.00 5/2/2016 Good Luck
Perritte Memorial UMC $300.00* 5/2/2016
Janet Rae $120.00 4/26/2016
Nida Gonda $60.00 4/23/2016 We're proud of you for your continued passion to run for a good cause.
Stephanie Griffin $60.00 4/19/2016 God bless you wind at your back!
Patricia Brackendorff $66.00 4/18/2016 You are awesome! Good luck, you've got this!
Shirley Broome $60.00 4/18/2016 Good luck and happy birthday.
Robert Johnson $120.00 4/17/2016 God bless you, Diane.
Gail Ford Smith $240.00 4/17/2016
Shirley Lloyd $60.00 4/17/2016 Thank you Diane!
Kimberly Mabry $100.00 4/14/2016 Happy Birthday Diane!
LyAnna Johnson $60.00 4/14/2016 Love you and the reasons you are running!
CATHERINE BEATHARD $100.00 4/7/2016
Maren Caldwell $600.00* 4/7/2016
Genesis Class Bellaire UMC $600.00* 4/7/2016
Brian and Jennifer Gastineau $60.00* 4/7/2016
McAuliffe Family $315.00 4/5/2016 Thank you for having the courage to fight against such a horrible problem. Happy Birthday and good luck on your training and race! On behalf of my beautiful wife and 3 beautiful daughters, who blessed my with their lives, here's a donation to help you bless others.
Anonymous Donor $120.00 4/4/2016 Good luck on your race and Happy early Birthday from Steve and I. I know our Sunday School Class is donating as well.
Susan Martin $120.00 4/4/2016 What a great way to celebrate your birthday, Diane! So proud of you!
Maria Korn $120.00 4/3/2016 Cheers to you, Diane, and Happy Birthday! What a wonderful purpose to run! I'm delighted and honored to support you.
John Glover $500.00 4/2/2016 We're behind you! John & Cathy
Jean and Bo Brackendorff $1,000.00 3/31/2016 Go Diane!!
Leah Taylor $120.00 3/31/2016 Happy Birthday, Diane! You are an inspiration to many of us. Why am I not surprised that for your birthday, you are taking care of others!
Starlet Bell $60.00 3/31/2016 I can almost imagine your "twinkling" eyes as you get ready for this marathon. Lots of prayers!
Karen Juul-Nielsen $660.00 3/31/2016 Praying for your health and safety as you run this race, Diane. Happy Birthday and God's richest blessings always! Love from London!
Ruth Gonda $60.00 3/30/2016 You are an inspiration to me and I thank God for your life and the work that you do! Love you!
Anonymous Donor $100.00 3/29/2016 Good luck with your training....lots of us will be with you in thought the day of the marathon.
Debra DePena $66.00 3/26/2016 Tina made a compelling case and your cause is stellar. Best of luck.
Tina Paez $100.00 3/26/2016 God bless you, Diane! Run hard sister!!!
Brenda Thomas $60.00 3/24/2016 Happy birthday to a wonderful lady.
Phebe Chen $180.00 3/24/2016 Best of luck, Diane-you are such an inspiration! Donations are on behalf of the 2 most important women in my life and for all women everywhere!
Shar Turley $60.00 3/23/2016 So exciting to join with you sis!!
Doug Turley $60.00 3/23/2016 Will be cheering you all the way! My saying is ' 60 is the new 25??????)
Scott McClelland $100.00 3/20/2016 Good luck Diane!
Jerry Nevlud $60.00 3/18/2016
Paige Martin $60.00 3/17/2016
Kelley Lang $200.00 3/17/2016 Happy Birthday & so happy to support you with this fab purpose!
Marian Davenport $180.00 3/17/2016 Diane - what an inspiring birthday celebration. It is a joy to support you and this important work.
Tammy Hemann $100.00* 3/17/2016
Lauren Hanks $60.00 3/15/2016
* offline donation