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November 9, 2013

Children's generosity can serve as an inspiration to others

In the last few days I have had the privilege of meeting two local kiddos who go above and beyond what we expect from children. These children are not out for money or attention. They simply have one goal — to help others. I also learned of a harsh reality that many older Americans face each day.

I first encountered Gabriel, 6, at a Washington City Council meeting a few weeks ago. Gabriel had a plan. He wanted to send children living in the Dump in Honduras to school. After seeing photographs from his father’s trip to Honduras that depicted the life of children the same age as himself,who live and attend school in the Dump, Gabriel declared,”Let’s send them to school!” With that said, his parents, Ashley and Topher Wiles tried to explain to Gabriel that there was no way they could afford to send all the children living in the Dump to school but Gabriel had another plan. He wanted to have a race but not just any race. He wanted a 5K event.

An avid runner, Gabriel has participated in five races this year including the Race for the Son just last week where he ran the 5K. That’s right. The energetic 6-year-old ran the 3.1 miles instead of the one-mile fun run and now is working on a 5K planned for May 17, 2014. He has named his event Hustle 4 Honduras and all proceeds will go to help “send the kids to school” and build homes for the families living in the Dump. With the help of his friends, his event has YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as a website that will launch online registration for the race the beginning of the year.

Gabriel tells me that if the race gets 200 participants, one house can be built and five children can go to school. He’s also more than happy to tell you about the kind of house that will be built and anything else you could ever want to know about the race. To inspire others to train, Gabriel is even posting training tidbits on Facebook and Twitter each week.

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