Kim Budzik

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 I run for those who can’t, and I am extremely thankful I can.  I help raise money for two incredible organizations - the Challenged Athletes Foundation (“CAF”) and Snowdrop Foundation.

I have chosen to raise awareness of CAF through my 3rd consecutive year in the Badwater Ultramarathon which is globally recognized as “the world’s toughest footrace”.  I will be 1 of 100 athletes who will begin this coveted race on Monday, July 15.  This adventure begins in Death Valley, California where the temperature is already over 100 Fahrenheit at 6:00 a.m., and I will have 48 hours to cover 135 miles which includes an elevation change of 19,000 feet and deal with temperatures that will surpass 120 Fahrenheit for hours upon end!  To make my Badwater race more meaningful to those athletes who have dreams of reaching their own goals, I am privileged to raise money for the CAF, an inspiring non-profit foundation that gives hope to thousands of individuals with physical disabilities around the world by showing them what is possible.  This organization raises money to help people with physical disabilities pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and athletics.  CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, competitive lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love.  By providing support, mentoring, and grants for adaptive sports equipment, competition and training expenses, physically challenged athletes are able to become whole through sports.  Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombings, CAF contacted the hospitals in the Boston area to ensure that those affected know they were available to help.  When the injured are ready, CAF will be ready and available to support them in their recovery through mentorship, clinics and assistance with equipment that will allow them to participate in sports – and in life – once again. 

On December 30, 2013, I will join the Snowdrop Foundation in its first annual Ultra 55 Hour Race and Relay in Sugar Land, Texas.  I will have 55 hours to run, walk or crawl as many miles as I can to help this incredible organization.  Kevin and Trish Kline created the Snowdrop Foundation in 2006.  While working for 93Q Country radio station, Kevin met a young lady named Chelsey Campbell at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.  Campbell, 15 at the time, was given a 10% chance to live.  She had stage four undifferentiated sarcoma, a rare disease, which eventually took her life.  Campbell’s brave story left a mark forever on Kevin and led to his decision to start the foundation and help others battling cancer.  Without a paid staff, it’s through the diligence of Kevin, Trish, numerous volunteers and the belief in what they do through the community that they’ve been able to be as successful as they have been. 
Snowdrop Foundation donations are designated for three specific areas – (1) to continue research at Texas Children’s Cancer Center to eliminate childhood cancer, (2) to help provide scholarships for college bound pediatric cancer patients and survivors and (3) to offer a support Teen Program for teenage patients within the Cancer Center. 

My goal is to raise $10,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and $5000 for the Snowdrop Foundation.  Together, we are helping CAF and Snowdrop change lives!  

The links to my fundraising pages are below.  If you would prefer to write a check, please make it out to the “Challenged Athletes Foundation” or “Snowdrop Foundation and send it to me at my address below.  Thanks again for your interest and support of my participation in these endurance running events



In addition, not only to be considered, but to also train for a race of this magnitude requires a massive undertaking both financially and physically.  If your heart is such that you would like to donate personally to me to help with many of the expenses associated with this race, your personal gift will be used wisely!


Thank you again for your encouragement and support as I begin my 3rd Badwater trek from Badwater to the portal of Mt. Whitney – just 135 miles in 120+ temps!


Kind regards,

Kim Budzik