There is nothing Barnett wouldn’t do to help the hurting people of Los Angeles; he is even willing to run around the world.
Los Angeles, Calif. – Matthew Barnett, Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Dream Center, will run the World Marathon Challenge in 2017, a feat that will require him to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 consecutive days starting in Antarctica ending in North America. If successful, Barnett will complete 7 marathons in 168 hours – a challenge that has only been completed by 30 individuals in the entire world.
In 1994, when he was only 20 years of age, Matthew started the Dream Center, a privately funded volunteer driven organization with programs that today provides help to over 85,000 men, women, and children each month, in Los Angeles. The Dream Center serves the homeless, the working poor, victims of prostitution and survivors of human trafficking right in the heart of Los Angeles. Barnett is running for them.
What makes this challenge even more extraordinary is that in 2012, Matthew was diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) in both of his lungs and his doctor informed him he would never be the kind of man who could run a marathon in his life. “The World Marathon Challenge will redefine every physical, mental, and spiritual obstacle I’ve ever faced,” says Barnett.
This will not be the first time Matthew has challenged his physical body to ensure the lights stay on and the doors stay open at the Dream Center. In 2006, Matthew was able to raise over $2,000,000 for the Dream Center by shooting free throws for 24 consecutive hours.
“There is nothing Barnett wouldn’t do to help the hurting people of Los Angeles; he is even willing to run around the world,” said Johnnie Moore, Board Member of the Los Angeles Dream Center.
Donations to the Dream Center’s programs and services can be made at www.faceyourself2017.com.
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