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one.

everyone should take the time to read about this grassroots organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable diseases. I believe in ONE and I like what they’re doing. One day I will be One.

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red cross.

mila: I’m currently on call right now… That means what it sounds like. When I came to New Orleans this time around, I suddenly decided that Habitat for Humanity was not enough to quench my thirst to venture out into non-profit organizations. So I started looking to the Red Cross… I signed up, took an orientation class and told them I wanted to be on the DAT (Disaster Action Team)… It’s basically a team of Red Cross people that respond to emergencies. So in this case, I’m on call to respond to fires for the most part. On average their is a fire call every 11 hours but there have been times when they’re occurring every few hours. I don’t know what it’s going to be like, I have this picture in my head of what it might be like… So we’ll see.

On the other hand, Red Cross as a whole has got me interested right now. I heard that Texas has sent out a call looking for ERV (Emergency Road Vehicle) drivers. Especially in the disaster zones along the coast… So, the plan is to wrap up things here in the next couple weeks, then head to Texas on my way home. I have been interested in checking out how bad the damage is since we only hear so much from the media. I have friends in the AmeriCorps that were deployed there and I saw some horrific pictures… It’s an idea that’s been formulating for a week now and I really feel strongly about it, so we’ll see what happens….

for people who give a damn.

mila: love that slogan. it makes an impact and gets your attention. it belongs to GOOD magazine, which can be found at good.is. such an awesome magazine. it’s fresh, like the air we all wish we could breathe but never get a chance to. talks about the good things that people are doing and what’s going down in the world you live in. and they do these infographics which breaks down complicated stuff into simple to read charts. it’s aesthetic is also great: very clean and crisp- two things that matter a lot to me. the information the magazine provides you with is educational, stuff you ought to know about if you don’t- very informative. i love this magazine and everyone should subscribe because when you do, 100% of your fee goes towards a non-profit organization of your choosing… pretty damn good idea.

Nike Human Race 8.8.8

mila: I anticipated the race for quite some time… Enough time to worry that I wouldn’t make it and not enough time to train in order to make it… The night finally came to run and I was excited. I felt utterly motivated to complete this thing even though there was no way my body could handle non-stop running for 6 miles… There were thousands gathered, the energy was intense and at 8:31:08 P.M the alarm sounded and the race begun. A sea of red herded onto Figueroa, everyone, the same… We were all there for maybe not the same reason but we were all there. The air was refreshing, everything felt just good for once. People were cheering, photographers clicking away, bands rocking out… I got in the zone right away, focused right into my music and weaved through the crowd. Around mile 3, I started cramping and thought this was it but then I looked at the back of the shirts of runners in front of me and it plainly said: Just Do It. So I did. I kept running. I pushed right through the pain and kept going. I knew I would regret it if I stopped. Next thing I know mile 5 rolls around and I’m thinking, man I can’t believe I haven’t stopped once… I suddenly became so proud of myself. Also, at this point, I was on Exposition and there were signs posted representing the three charities we were running for: ninemillion.org (my charity of choice), livestrong.org and wwf.org. The intensity level heightened significantly and I was overcome with some sort of emotion that totally touched me… I also had the honor of running next to a guy in a wheelchair that was just hustling and was being cheered on by everyone he passed by. Rounding the corner, the finish line was approaching and I, of course put on “Eye of the Tiger” and sped towards the bright lights until I crossed it. It was all over and I felt quite accomplished. And to top off the night, Kanye West performed as did Common, which was pretty much awesome and the crowd went nuts. It was totally worth my while to keep on truckin’… It feels good to run a 10K for a charity.

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