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Sarah's marathon challenge

Sarah Ames, Director

Sarah is a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, a national law firm in Chicago, Illinois U.S. She represents subsidiaries of foreign companies in corporate, commercial, employment and immigration matters.  Sarah was the first woman to run a marathon on each of the 7 continents 3, 4 and 5 times.  For her fifth time running around the globe, Sarah ran 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days and raised donations for the Hamlin Fistula Hospital along the way.

Read Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation board member Sarah Ames' story below

A friend in Chicago told me about the Hamlin Fistula Hospital and introduce me to a contact at the hospital who I met while travelling through Addis Ababa a couple of times. As I learned more about Catherine and Reg Hamlin and their incredible work, I knew I wanted to be a supporter.

A donation of a few hundred dollars to Hamlin could lead to an immediate, visible and life changing result to a patient, which was inspiration enough to become a donor.

I had a "running start" to becoming an active supporter and by choosing to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days as a fundraiser for Hamlin. If a woman could endure being in labor for six-seven days, surely I could endure a few hours of running and catching a break in an airline seat for a few days.

Knowing that running 295.4km in 168 hours changed the lives of more than 30 women with debilitating injuries was the greatest experience and is continued motivation to support Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

- Sarah Ames

US board member | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation | Together we can eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.
Sarah with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia co-founder Dr Catherine Hamlin


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Photography credits to Cameron Bloom, Nigel Brennan, Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Johannes Remling and Martha Tadesse.

Patient names have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.