Run for Razan 2k17
On Saturday, April 8, 2017, the Inaugural “Run for Razan” will take place in conjunction with North Carolina State University. Support the “Run 5K, Raise $5K” Campaign by visiting www.launchgood.com/RunforRazan, and continue the legacy of Deah, Yusor, and Razan.
Register to race at NC State, or go online at: go.ncsu.edu/RunforRazan
Tell us in the comments – Why Will YOU Run? Even if you can’t make it out to the NC State course on April 8th, go for a run and share what inspired you. Are you running against hate crimes? Are you running for love? Are you running for Razan? Share your story.
Honoring Our Three Winners – On February 10, 2015, NC State University student Razan Abu-Salha, her sister Yusor, and Yusor’s husband Deah Barakat, were shot and killed, execution style, in a gruesome hate crime murder targeted because of their faith.
In the aftermath of the shooting, the Our Three Winners Foundation was established in honor of Razan, Yusor, and Deah. The foundation is dedicated to their legacy of service and philanthropy and will continue to support the worldwide humanitarian work that they were each passionate about.
Honoring Razan’s Legacy – On January 31st, 2015, (less than two weeks before the tragedy), Razan ran her longest run, an impressive 8 consecutive miles while training for her upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon scheduled for April of 2015. Although Razan never made it to the finish line, Razan’s friends and family completed the race in her honor. In less than two months, first time runners went from the couch to 13.2 miles!
Tragically, Razan’s life was cut short and she did not cross the finish line. However, Razan’s closest friend Yasmine carried out Razan’s legacy by running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon wearing Razan’s running shoes.
On April 8, 2017, Yasmine, as well as hundreds of others with “Run for Razan”. Please join them on the course (go.ncsu.edu/RunforRazan) or in spirit by supporting the fundraising campaign and Razan’s legacy at www.launchgood.com/RunforRazan
Run on April 8th and share your story with us – why will YOU run?
Our Three Winners has partnered with #LoveArmy to further the legacy of Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha,and her sister Razan Abu-Salha who lost their lives two years ago on February 10th in a tragic hate crime. Together, we are calling on people across the country to stand against hatred, xenophobia, and prejudice.
There are people in our community who are in need of our support and friendship. In remembrance of Deah, Yusor, and Razan, and in support of all who are impacted by hate, here is what YOU can do right now to #LoveThyNeighbor:
ACT: Perform an act of kindness, service or solidarity for your neighbor or fellow community member this week. Join thousands of others and share your experience with the hashtags #LoveThyNeighbor, #LoveArmy, and #OurThreeWinners, or share directly on our Facebook page. It can be as simple as dropping off a gift, volunteering your time, printing out a sign and putting it in your window, or whatever feels meaningful to you.
IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
A second-year UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry student, Deah was planning a summer abroad in Turkey to deliver dental relief to Syrian refugees as part of a mission organized through the university. In his spare time, he volunteered to feed the homeless and was dedicated to helping others. “My brother, Deah, was a 6-foot-3-inch young man who had the kindest heart, who loved everyone he met, greeted strangers with hugs and dedicated his life to service,” said Suzanne Barakat on CNN”s AC360. Deah married Yusor Abu-Salha on December 27, 2014, only six weeks before tragedy struck.
Deah was only 23.
A recent graduate of North Carolina State University, Yusor planned to join her husband Deah at UNC School of Dentistry in the fall. Engaged since 2013 to a boy she met in elementary school, friends described Deah and Yusor as “lovebirds” and as a “beautiful couple”. She too was planning to travel to Turkey and was passionate about refugees, women’s education, and many other causes. “She was tall and slim and handsome,” her father, Dr. Abu-Salha says. “She had big hazel brown eyes that were beaming, she had brown curly hair.”
Yusor was only 21.
A first-year architecture student at North Carolina State University. Yusor and Razan, like many sisters, were best friends. In the first few weeks Yusor was married and away from the family home, Razan would make the 50-mile drive to visit her sister multiple times. She also planned to travel to Turkey to join Deah and Yusor to provide services to refugees. She organized monthly programs to support her local homeless community, among other humanitarian projects she organized.
Razan was only 19.