Former Foster Youth Running to Make a Difference

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Events, News, Stories | 0 comments

mwofficialEveryone at Hathaway-Sycamores is looking forward to the LA Marathon, this year in particular. We will all be cheering on former foster youth Michael Taylor as he races to the finish line. Running a marathon is impressive enough, but Michael is doing it to raise awareness and funds for Hathaway-Sycamores’ Transitional Living Program to help former foster youth like himself. Michael’s goal is to raise $1,000.00 for the program. Click on the link below to see how much Michael has raised so far and to make a tax-deductible donation:

http://www.imathlete.com/donate/MichaelsLAMarathonforHathawaySycamores

Placed in foster care just days after his birth, Michael’s childhood lacked permanency and stability. He spent his first 8 years in a long-term foster home. At the age of nine, he began moving around, living in a total of 12-13 different foster homes, group homes and institutions (including probation-based group homes and juvenile halls). Additionally, Michael was on psychotropic medication for a large portion of his childhood and adolescence. At 18 Michael emancipated from the system and began receiving services from Hathaway-Sycamores through the Full Service Partnership program. According to Michael, “They’ve been like parents to me and have proven time and time again to have one of the best transitional-age foster care programs in the region.”

Michael’s explains his motivation for running the marathon, “As I grow older, everything everyone told me about how real life is once you become an adult has set in. I realize that in order to see change, I have to be that change. And the best way to do it is by example.” Michael continues, “And running the Los Angeles Marathon is a great way to lead by example. I will raise funds for programs and activities at Hathaway-Sycamores’ Transitional Living Program and inspire people to do great things. I chose transitional-age youth because that is the real turning point for dependent foster children.” Michael is committed to success, “How am I trying to do this? Pure will power. I’ve been training for months to prepare myself for this endeavor…” In addition to training, Michael has been out promoting his cause. He even met with the Mayor of Pasadena, Bill Bogaard. He sees this as just the beginning and plans to be part of many more community-based events in the future.

Michael meets Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard

Michael meets Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard

He sees this as just the beginning and plans to be part of many more community-based events in the future.

If you would like to show your support for Michael and help him in his quest to inspire other young adults emancipating from foster care to do great things, please donate. Click on the link below to see how much Michael has raised so far and to make a tax-deductible donation online:

Donate Now

Or if you prefer, send a check (please write Michael Taylor Marathon in the memo line) to:

Hathaway-Sycamores
210 S. De Lacey Ave., Suite 110
Pasadena, CA 91105

Michael appreciates all the support and so does Hathaway-Sycamores!

 

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