A Runner’s Quest for Literacy

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Summer 2017

Samantha Smith loves running almost as much as she loves her sister, Mollie. Her dedication to both led her to embark on a journey to Nashville to run for TeamQuest and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). She ran in support of Mollie and more than 10 million students in the U.S. who struggle with dyslexia.

“I took on this challenge because I think it accurately depicts the reason IDA and IDA- Alabama do the work that they do,” adds Samantha. As many as 1 in 5 people have some form of dyslexia.

“Those who struggle, like my sister, Mollie, are people who have so much potential if they have access to the appropriate reading instruction.” Mollie was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in April, a testament to Mollie’s strength and capabilities. Samantha’s mother, Gladys Schaefer, is involved too. She serves on the Alabama IDA board. “These two women inspire me every day!” says Samantha. 

“When I look at my own sister and her challenges and work ethic, I feel so much hope for those with dyslexia. Others need to have the same opportunity to thrive, which is why I ran the Nashville Half Marathon for TeamQuest, so that IDA can help those with dyslexia to prevail.” TeamQuest brings visibility and critical funds to educator training, information and support for IDA. Last spring TeamQuest runners completed half and full marathons in Nashville, Tennessee, Newport Beach, California, and Cleveland, Ohio. To learn more about TeamQuest visit www.teamquestdyslexia.org.

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