Friday, December 2, 2011

HCA Hope Fund

The HCA Hope Fund is an employee-run, employee-supported 501(c)3 charity formalized in July of 2005. It initially started as a very informal way to help one another but soon evolved to a formal non-profit organization. It is supported by employees allowing us to do what we do best, take care of others. The goal of the HCA Hope Fund is simple: to help HCA employees and their immediate families who are affected by financial hardship. This includes disaster, extended illness/injury, domestic violence, death of a loved one, and other special situations.
As an HCA employee, I am excited to raise funds for our very own Hope Fund as I prepare to run 135miles in Brazil. See below:)
Donations can be made through the Donate button to the right.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Charities we support

We are working to raise money through the Brazil 135 race for the Brazilian orphanage and Bolivian orphanage below. Please keep us in your prayers. Any advice or thoughts are much appreciated.

Brazil Missionary
Hope Unlimited ministers to the physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs of some of the world's most desperate kids - the street children of Brazil. Hope's vision  for Brazil was launched in 1991 when thousands of vulnerable street children were being systematically killed by gunmen largerly hired by local business leaders. Their purpose for these killings was to eradicate a "public nuisance" - street children.

Bolivia Missionary
Casa de Esperanza, or House of Hope, provides a home to abandoned children and orphans, and offers them the education which could not be provided by their parents. The goal is to help these children grow and develop both in a physical and in a spiritual way.

Pinhoti 100

A 10 hr drive to get there the day before, we had a beautiful weekend in Alabama. A point to point 100 mi race from Heflin to Sylacauga, with 16,000 ft of elevation gain. It made for a very nice training run for Brazil. A little chilly and windy during the night time hours while on the ridge added to the Ultra running flavor. I survived, came in at at 29:04. But it made for a very grueling drive back to Florida. Again, it adds to the fun of Ultra running. Now, the next few days, back to residency, and much needed recovery time:)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Florida Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Foundation

My name is Levi Rizk. I am an ultrarunner, and an osteopathic family medicine resident. I'm in my second year of training at St Petersburg General Hospital, FL. I am a member of the FSACOFP. I will be running the Brazil 135 mile ultramarathon in January of 2012.
I am raising funds for the FSACOFP foundation which promotes research, education and community support. I would greatly appreciate all donations.
To make it tax deductible, please make checks payable to: FSACOFP foundation
mail checks to: FSACOFP foundation
                       7101 Park St N., Seminole, FL 33777

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Brazil 135 Ultramarathon

Thoughts of applying to Brazil 135 have come up to my mind several times in the past while out in the mountains. This year, I have entertained the idea and contacted the race director with my resume. I was thrilled yet really scared when I received his reply a few days later:
I already have a meeting with the committee and after revising you resume...they decide to give the opportunity to have fun during 48 hours , running on the rain, fighting crocodiles, anacondas, chitas, mud, hill, pain, blisters, hungry.....and having fun.

From the Brazil 135 webpage:
The Brazil 135 Ultramarathon is considered the most difficult continuous race in Brazil. The course route is on the Mantiqueira Mountains - ( A Sub Range of the Andes Cordillera ). The race is held on the most difficult segment of the Caminho da Fé - Path of the Faith, - the longest Pilgrimage in Brazil. It's inspired in concept the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death valley, California.
BR 135 takes place in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountains, with only 20 km of the 217 km being run without any inclination (so only about 12 of the 135 miles are flat...the rest is all uphill and downhill). The race boasts more than 10.000m (about 33.000ft) of elevation gain and approximately 9.000m (about 29.000ft) of elevation loss. By the finish line the runner will have completed a course that is analogous to climbing up and down Mt. Everest.