COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Dominican's Jalyn Devereaux (Carroll, Ohio) is running to fight poverty in Haiti.
Devereaux completed a treadmill marathon at the Ohio Dominican University Fitness Center on Thursday to raise money and awareness for her campaign before she begins a run across the country of Haiti on Friday, February 16.
"Running has been a passion of mine since seventh grade," said Devereaux, who has competed in both cross country and track & field while at ODU. "I have been given the opportunity to return to one of the most beautiful places in the world with a mission that could truly change lives."
Devereaux went on a medical mission to Haiti in March 2017 through Ohio Dominican and saw the beauty of the country, as well as the poverty it faces.
"When I heard about Team Tassy's Run Across Haiti, it seemed like a blimp on the horizon, but it was something I felt I should be a part of," said Devereaux.
Team Tassy seeks to eliminate global poverty, and the money that Devereaux raises will go to Work, an organization that started the Run Across Haiti to raise awareness and funds that fight poverty in the Caribbean nation.
Devereaux has raised over $3,000 for her campaign so far and hopes to generate $6,000 of support before her run of over 230 miles begins on February 16. Donations can be made to Devereaux's cause on her fundraising page.
Contact: Aaron McPherson