Running for Syria’s Children

In the summer of 2014, Bethany Saul’s life was changed forever. That’s when she traveled to Jordan with a team of researchers to study the Syrian refugee crisis. There, she discovered Save the Children’s work with children and families living in refugee camps.

“It’s pretty shocking how many children are there – you’re constantly running into kids,” she says. “A lot of them just wanted to come up to you and talk to you. They would tell you their names and a bit about themselves.”

Bethany spent time getting to know the children, their families and our staff. She was impressed by the way Save the Children works hand-in-hand with camp residents, and the incredible warmth and hospitality in this unlikely community. “It’s such a welcoming place and, sadly, you don’t hear that enough,” she says. “I think that changed me.”

When she returned to the U.S., Bethany decided to give back to children by joining Team Save the Children and running the New York City marathon. Her team raised over $22,500!

As Bethany reflects on Syria’s children, she says, “There’s still so much suffering. I think back on leaving those kids behind, and know I was the privileged one who was able to leave. It gives me a reason to support organizations like Save the Children.”

Then she adds, “The remarkable thing about children is their ability to find beauty and promise in things that are difficult. I look back and see their faces – so hopeful.”

Thank you, Bethany, for sharing your inspiring experience and your Team Save the Children marathon success story! Champions like you are the reason there’s hope for children.

Want to be a champion? Join Team Save the Children! There are a variety of athletic events for any fitness level, or you can create your own fundraiser just be doing what you love to do.


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