Welcome to My Personal Page
Why I'm Running:
My name is Sergio Melgarejo and I am a community activist in Pilsen. I began my debut in the summer of 2014 volunteering for The Resurrection Project. We dedicated our service to community issues building relationships and challenge individuals to act on their faith and moral values by creating community ownership, building community wealth, and serving as stewards of community assets in all skills. Other volunteer partner organizations such as the 12th District Police Department, Alderman Danny Solis Office of the 25th Ward and many others aimed to tackle peace initiatives for our community under their organizing department.
Eventually I transitioned with The Peace Exchange, a fellowship where I dedicated 80-hours of training ranging from domestic violence, restorative justice, mindfulness and conflict resolution. I was part of a team that traveled to Nicaragua in June of 2015 to continue peace studies in their communities. Upon return we participated our programs outreach phase where we would share our experiences across Chicago Public Schools. We aimed to present our documentary film to at least 1,000 Chicago Public School children which would eventually air on WTTW-11. Our outreach program included television/radio appearances, community forums, and business associations.
I am transitioning from serving my community to serving my country. I have been trying to join the U.S Army and I was disqualified for having 2-prior knee surgeries. I was told to run marathons to prove to the Army that I am more than capable of handling the rigors of basic training. So far I have completed one marathon and one ruck march, I plan on completing 6-marathons and 1 half iron man triathlon. I am very ambitious and persistent on my goals. With these marathons completions and my clearance letters from my Orthopedic Doctors, I should have enough to convince the Army that I am more than capable and am ready to serve my country.
About my fundraising organization:
On October 7th, I will be representing Advocate Health Care as a member of the charity running team at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! As a member of the charity running team, I will be training, fundraising, and ultimately running 26.2 miles to benefit patients and families in need.
Since 2011, the Inspired to Run team has raised more than $1 million for Advocate Health Care programs and services. By joining the charity running team, I am part of a diverse group of people who are supporting cancer research, helping children and adults with Down syndrome, giving back to the nurses and physicians who save lives every day and much more. You too can support Advocate Health Care by supporting my efforts to fundraise. Your donation of any amount will not only help me achieve my goal but will help to ensure that over one million people have access to world-class care close to their home.
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