My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
As you may already know, I enjoy running and over the years have participated in 24 marathons. On November 24, I will be running my 25th marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Williams Route 66 Marathon, with the LIFE Runners, a pro-life running organization with 13,000 teammates in all 50 states and 39 nations.
One of the reasons I run marathons is to raise funds for various charitable causes. The charitable cause that I have designated this year is the LIFE Runners. LIFE Runners began in 2008 when 12 teammates raced the Chicago Marathon to raise funds for life-saving ultrasound machines. The LIFE Runners group has grown over the years and has fielded the largest teams for several marathons, most recently 250 teammates last year in Long Beach, California.
If you would like to support me in this effort, I invite you to make a tax-deductible pledge donation (e.g., $2 per mile x 26.2 miles = $52.40).
As sacred Scripture says, "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1). Your support will be greatly appreciated.
God bless you,
Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki
Bishop of Springfield in Illinois