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Many have asked WHY in the world I would want to run the Badwater Double again this July. If you read the July issue of Running Times magazine you know the story of the 2006 Badwater Double. We raised close to $300,000 for Religious Teachers Filippini to help AIDS orphans.


For many years I have raised money for RTF and will continue to raise money for them as long as God allows. In May 2008, I will set off on another major fund raising effort for the RTF children. Sister Marybeth, my very good friend who works with the AIDS orphans, told me this: "Lisa I hope God lets you live until you're at least 100 and that your legs hold up. We have so much work to do!!!!!"

So why am I running the Badwater Double this year for the MPD Foundation?

Last October, my husband Jay came home with a brochure on the MPD Foundation and a letter from a very good friend who was running the Big Sur Marathon to raise money for MPD. I had no idea what MPD was so I sat and read the brochure and my heart felt a kick. It was telling me, Lisa you can do something to help. I went to the MPD website and made a donation. A few days passed. I continued to get more information on MPD and the very special people we know who have been diagnosed with MPD. It became clear to me that I was to do something and that was to run the Badwater Double again.

Last year was a great success. This year will be much simpler;  less crew and I hope to be able to accomplish the goal in a faster time.

My purpose behind running the Badwater Double or any event is not ego based. I truly believe and know that God has given me a gift and that I am able to run to help make a difference. I yearn for this and it is part of my existence on this earth.

Two days before I read the information on the MPD Foundation I had read about the death of one of the best female endurance athletes in the World, Susan Butcher. She was the Iditarod Champion and was only 50 years old. I was very sad to read about her death. She also had MPD.

I chose to run the Badwater Double again this July for the MPD Foundation because I know that this is what God wants me to do. So many people are dying of all kinds of cancer and we can make a difference. You and I can make a difference. 100% of your donation will go right to the cause. Yes 100%!!! 1 dollar, 2 dollars, 20, 50, 100 or 1,000, whatever you can give does make a difference. Every cent makes a difference. If you are not able to make a donation you can donate your time by passing this along to someone else who might be interested.

Running Badwater, let alone the Double, requires a crew of people to help you along the way. These people are not paid for their time. These people are giving a gift of their time to help me accomplish this goal. We are a team and without them this would not be possible. The six people below will be taking 8-9 days away from work and family to help the MPD Foundation and see that this dream becomes a reality. I personally want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for trusting and believing in what we are doing; knowing that they are making a big difference in the lives of so many.

Thank you for supporting me and the MPD Foundation,


Lisa's Crew for the 2007 Badwater Double


George Velasco
Laurie Andrews
Marie Boyd
Leigh Corbin
Mike Ehredt
Scott Morgan


Make a contribution now!

If you would prefer to make your contribution with a personal check, that can be mailed to:


MPD Foundation
233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 375
Chicago, IL 60606

On the check, please write this in the MEMO field: Lisa Smith-Batchen / Badwater Double


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