Diamond Bar – After months of being cooped up in quarantine, incoming Diamond Bar High School freshman L’Mio Edwards decided to get moving to help make a difference during the global pandemic.
During the summer, the talented track star ran a 5K (3.1 miles) for 30 straight days in her quest to feed families impacted by COVID-19.
Step by step, her efforts totaled 93 miles while raising funds for the New Earth non-profit organization that distributes free weekly groceries.
“People need to eat, especially during this coronavirus,” the 14-year-old said.
The #5KaDay4Food Challenge kicked off May 26 and has netted $9,600, just a few hundred dollars shy of her $10K goal.
“I’ve been running since around the third grade,” she said during a recent KNBC interview.
“After running for so long I thought I might use it for something if I’m going to be stuck at home.”
L’Mio began preparing her mind and body for the feat by completing a 6K each day for two and a half weeks prior to the event.
Her father, Deon, drove by her side during every run to ensure his daughter’s safety during the entire fundraiser.
The teen now happily sees others partnering in the #5KaDay4Food Challenge that provides assistance to food banks around the nation.
They donate and pledge to run their own 5Ks for 30 days, she said.
“Some people choose to run only a few days or whatever they can handle – which is equally awesome!”
She also joins 5Ks in various communities to continue raising funds for the cause.
“If you want to see a positive change in the world, it starts with yourself,” L’Mio says of her personal motto.
“This was a cool way of getting to know more people in the community and overall a great experience!”
Additionally, U.S. Congressman, Representative Gil Cisneros recognized the Diamond Bar teen for her successful fundraising efforts on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 21.
“Using her gift as a talented runner, she committed to running a 5K a day for 30 consecutive days in order to raise money for local food banks and help families in need. Our CA39 is so proud of her!”
Visit www.GoFundme.com/f/5KaDay4Food to support the fundraiser.