Over the last 10 years, students at Encinitas Country Day have run their hearts out in the annual Gift of Life Jog-a-Thon, raising more than $300,000. Driven by a mixture of compassion and courage, Kindergarten through 8th grade students race to raise funds to save the lives of their peers who need heart surgeries, and happen to live in countries where they have little hope of receiving such life-saving medical procedures without outside assistance.
According to Rob Raylman, CEO of Gift of Life International, “Since 2009, Encinitas Country Day students have funded life-saving surgeries for 273 children. What’s even more remarkable, though, is the enthusiasm and humility with which these young people render service to others. I’ve attended nearly all of their Gift of Life school assemblies and every time I’m inspired by the students’ attitudes. They understand that their choices and actions make a huge difference in the lives of other children.”