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100 Miles for Daniël the Lion Heart

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100 miles non-stop on foot, is a near impossibility for somebody suffering from Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD). For others, all it takes is a goal and putting one foot in front of the other.

A 100 Mile race is by no means easy, but it cannot compare to the struggle that young Daniël Otto will have to face his entire life. Daniël was born with CMD in 2013 but was only diagnosed in early 2016. Daniël lost the ability to walk and stand in that same year and in fact cannot run, jump, climb or crawl, many of the things we take for granted.

I will be running the Karkloof 100 on 21 Sept 2018, a 100-mile (161 km) trail run in the heart of the Midlands in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa to raise funds for Daniël. We aim to raise R161 000.00 (USD 11950.00) for the 161 km that will be covered.

Daniël really does have the courage of a Lion. I told him that I was scared for the run so I needed some of his bravery, his response "Don't be scared, I am not scared at all". He also chose the photo because he says his hand looks like a Lion Claw.

Although Daniël faces many challenges, his greatest desire is to play just like the other kids! Join me on my 100 Mile journey to help Daniël on his journey through life.

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Donations

  • Nov 02, 2018 - USD $ 14.60
  • "Hi Mike, fantastic effort for a great cause - Well done." - Vaughan

  • Oct 01, 2018 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Our muscles may be weak, but we are STRONG in spirit! Keep inspiring those around you! Liefde from an old toppie who also has CMD like you." - Daniella Slon

  • Sep 29, 2018 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Amazing deed!!! " - Christoph P

  • Sep 29, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done Mike!" - Rob Severin

  • Sep 27, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "All the best, Daniel." - M Chetty

  • Sep 24, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Mike, you're a legend" - Tony Smith

  • Sep 22, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Jys 'n yster Michael!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 22, 2018 - R 3 084.60
  • "Inspired!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 22, 2018 - R 3 853.00
  • "It was an honour running a leg of this race with you Mike. A fantastic effort for a great cause." - Taya and Scott

  • Sep 20, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck!!! " - David

  • Sep 20, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "Roar Lion Heart! Roar!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 20, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "We wish you all the best Daniël" - Hanna and Frazer Small

  • Sep 20, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good Luck Mike" - Kerry

  • Sep 18, 2018 - USD $ 104.63
  • "Dear Daniël the Lion Heart, you are a wonderfully brave young man. From a S.African runner living in America - I hope this helps you and your Mom. Well done Michael. Trevor Minnie." - TREVOR MINNIE

  • Sep 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "What a wonderful thing to be doing Mike. " - Anonymous

  • Sep 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Run well Mike, thank you for thinking of others not able to run our beautiful trails " - Tanya Worner

  • Sep 17, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Good Luck Daniël" - The Lownies

  • Sep 16, 2018 - R 250.00
  • "Go Michael! Backing you all the way! " - Carmen Gair

  • Sep 14, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Daniël you have awesome friends, will think of you both every step of the way.." - Martie Griesel

  • Sep 13, 2018 - USD $ 351.66
  • "Alles van die beste vir julle." - Anonymous

  • Sep 11, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Thanks for doing great work!" - Francois and Tania

  • Sep 06, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Rooting for you Michael!!!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 06, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Every bit counts, every step has meaning, here's to making that small difference to Daniel xxx" - Smith Family

  • Aug 20, 2018 - R 1 542.30
  • "We wish you all the best Daniël and God bless" - Anonymous

  • Aug 13, 2018 - R 264.00
  • "Hi Michael, I added the ages of each member of our family...as a sort of gratitude tax, that non of us suffers from CMD. " - JULIA

  • Aug 08, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Respect for both!" - Tjeerd Zwijnenberg

  • Jul 30, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "All of the best. My God bless the effort for Daniël" - Annonomous

  • Jul 29, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "With you every step of the way " - Megan and Luke Mackay

  • Jul 28, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck Mike....awesome thing you doing! Well done" - Karen Bishop

  • Jul 25, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Gooi mielies!" - Mario

  • Jul 24, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Great to be able to support this worthy cause! " - Anonymous

  • Jul 24, 2018 - USD $ 26.00
  • "Good luck mate, fantastic cause. " - Matt Brown

  • Jul 23, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck to both of you!!" - Anonymous

  • Jul 23, 2018 - USD $ 78.56
  • "To the most beautiful Otto Family and little Daniel with the Lion Heart, roar you must! " - Erene Spies

  • Jul 23, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "lets do this! " - Anri Smit

  • Jul 23, 2018 - USD $ 19.64
  • "Daniël, Mike - you are both legends!" - Villiers Steyn

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R 33 153.68

Fundraising target

R 161 000.00
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100 Miles for Daniël the Lion Heart

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A 100 Mile race is by no means easy, but it cannot compare to the struggle that young Daniël Otto will have to face his entire life. Daniël was born with CMD in 2013 but was only diagnosed in early 2016. I will be running the Karkloof 100 in Sept 2018, a 100-mile (161 km) trail run in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa to raise funds for Daniël.