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David Panzarella

GOAL: $1,000.00

I'm running with team "Exercise Your Rights" to raise awareness of the quality of life problems that fly under the radar for many Americans. People struggle to find feasible housing, nutritious food and quality healthcare in our own cities. While some strides are being made, the political climate is hardly shifting to help.

As a diabetic I understand the difficulties of living with a chronic disease when quality coverage under our current system can be expensive. I turned 26 on October 1, 2013 -- the day The Affordable Care Act provisions no longer provided healthcare for me. As a part of the massive Maryland Health Connection experiment, I struggled to find a healthcare provider that covered my needs at a cost I could afford. Luckily, I eventually found the coverage I needed. However, for many the situation is persistently dire. For more still, hospital bills can reach into the tens of thousands crippling their finances and stunting their dreams of homeownership and higher education for themselves or their children.

If you look at my teammates' motivations for running this race, you'll see that our goals are tied together: we want better living conditions for all Americans. We want everyone's inalienable rights protected.

I'm running this 5k to show solidarity in the commonsensical goal that everyone in the United States has a right to adequate housing and healthcare. Help me show support for my friends at United Workers who are working to ensure our rights are addressed.