YOU CAN HELP! West Seattle student ready to wrap multi-installment marathon to fight inequality

The photo and invitation are from proud mom Genya Scharks:

Tomorrow, July 16th, at 4 PM at Hiawatha Park track, our son Ian Scharks will complete the last 1.2 miles of his one-mile-a-day marathon walk to raise money for Black Lives Matter. We are inviting friends, wearing masks and physically spaced, to come cheer him on for the finish of his marathon.

He has raised $9,581 toward his $10,400 goal. He will be a 6th grader at Pathfinder K-8. He has cerebral palsy and autism and started walking with crutches last school year. Previously he used a walker or wheelchair. In March he was able to walk one lap with his crutches, but now is completing one mile, or 4 laps, each day.

In addition to showing up tomorrow to cheer for Ian, you can also donate to his fundraiser – go here. On that page, Ian explains, “I am inspired by Capt. Tom Moore and Tobias Weller in England, both who raised money by walking with assistive devices. I want to make a difference about the inequality Black people face in our nation.”

20 Replies to "YOU CAN HELP! West Seattle student ready to wrap multi-installment marathon to fight inequality"

  • Kim July 15, 2020 (1:30 pm)

    Well that just made me tear up.  What an amazing kid! 

  • kelsey July 15, 2020 (1:51 pm)

    this is amazing. I don’t get off work until 5:00pm, otherwise, i would LOVE to be there. Donating on the gofund me instead. keep up the inspiring work, Ian. We need more like you in the world. <3 BLM!

  • seeingthegood July 15, 2020 (2:13 pm)

    ian, you are such an inspiration and doing such an amazing job. i will try to make it to hiawatha but know there are people who are amazed by the thoughtfulness of your fundraiser and the physical effort you’re exerting, all in the name of helping others. 

  • christine July 15, 2020 (2:51 pm)

    Ian is amazing!  A dear friend of ours and such a kind soul!!!  We will be there to cheer him on (as we have done the whole way).  Our donation is made.  Thank you Ian for doing such inspirational work in helping others!  BLM!!

  • Ell July 15, 2020 (3:54 pm)

    I will be there to cheer you on and will give to your cause. You are my newest hero and inspiration. 💜

  • Friend O'Dinghus July 15, 2020 (4:31 pm)

    You are truly an inspiration Ian. Strength, grace, and determination personified. Thank you so much Ian and WSB for showing us all how to overcome.

  • J4 July 15, 2020 (4:34 pm)

    Donated.  This kid rocks!!!

  • Jessica July 15, 2020 (6:18 pm)

    Donated! Easy decision to support such a big commitment and effort by a young person.

  • Jenni July 15, 2020 (6:19 pm)

    We love you Ian and wish we could be there! So proud of you!!! 

  • Sheila G July 15, 2020 (6:47 pm)

    Donated. What a sweet kid.

  • flimflam July 15, 2020 (7:11 pm)

    wonderful story and even better kid! great job! (his parents too)

  • Terri July 15, 2020 (7:45 pm)

    Ian , your understanding of privilege and your determination to act for justice puts many of us to shame. Thank you! #BlackLivesMatter

  • Leanna July 15, 2020 (7:46 pm)

    So proud of you Ian and how hard you’ve worked! Keep going!!!! Let this be the start of an amazing thing! Love ya, kiddo!

  • Bocchettis July 15, 2020 (9:07 pm)

    We are so proud of you for making an important difference, Ian! We continue to be inspired by you! Donated, and will be there to root you on! -Marcus and Family

  • Allie July 15, 2020 (9:21 pm)

    That kid has true grit! I want to be more like him thank you Ian !

  • RJB July 15, 2020 (10:08 pm)

    YOU ARE AMAZING!! Will be there at 4pm, mask on to cheer on!

  • nf July 16, 2020 (8:47 am)

    Inspiration accepted! Donation donated! Kids these days. Whaddya gonna do? Try to be a better person for their example.

  • InAweofIan July 16, 2020 (9:48 am)

    Go Ian!  You are amazing! 

  • SER July 16, 2020 (2:09 pm)

    Awesome and inspiring young man! I’m thrilled to support his efforts with a donation.

  • Brad July 16, 2020 (11:36 pm)

    I know that we are publicly witnessing only the first of many incredible accomplishments from Ian, whose courage and heart will continue to carry him to newer and greater heights, while he inspires and unwittingly challenges those around him to do more for causes greater than ourselves. I’ve worked with his dad for many years at Green River College and met Genya at various marches, so I know first hand that Ian gets his can-do attitude, sense of altruism,  and a calling to social justice issues from his wonderful parents. This story will bring tears to anyone with a beating heart. Just so darn sorry that I missed catching Ian in action earlier today.  Warmest hugs and congratulations to Ian, Genya, and Tim. Tag! We are it. What are we going to do for our part? 

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