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For many people, accessing healthcare is no simple journey. Even in places where Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) provides care to people otherwise cut off from medical services, some patients must travel long distances and overcome great challenges for lifesaving help.

Inspired by their stories, we invite you to join the 2015 Walk Without Borders Challenge and raise funds to help deliver care to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

The Challenge

The Challenge begins on september 15.

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Get started

Get started

Step One: Choose your challenge by picking a story.

Walk in solidarity with patients like Gatluok, Anna and Omar, who had to journey long distances and overcome great challenges to get medical care.

Step two: Register as an individual or team.

Step three: ask your network to sponsor you.

Using emails, Facebook, Twitter and more, ask your friends, family and co-workers to sponsor your walk by making an online donation. On your personal fundraising page, we’ll give you fundraising tools to help you get the word out to your network. Remember, every dollar raised helps save lives.

THE 2nd ANNUAL WALK WITHOUT BORDERS CHALLENGE RUNS FROM
SEPTEMBER 15 TO OCTOBER 15

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Stories

Choose the story that inspires you to go the distance to help MSF save lives.

Read Gatluok’s storyRead Gatluok’s story
Read Anna’s storyRead Anna’s story
Read Omar’s storyRead Omar’s story

Walk in solidarity with Gatluok and his mom to raise funds to help treat severely malnourished children around the world.

When fighting erupted near their village in South Sudan, Angelina and her two-year-old son, Gatluok, fled into the bush. But with no clean water or food, Gatluok soon became very ill. Fearing for his life, Angelina walked for five hours to an MSF clinic, carrying her little boy the whole way.

An MSF doctor immediately recognized Gatluok’s critical condition – he was less than half the weight a boy his age should be – and admitted him to the intensive therapeutic feeding centre. But Gatluok had also contracted malaria and had a high fever, which made it difficult for him to eat. He was treated for malaria and dehydration and within days was able to eat again and start regaining his strength.

Thankfully, Gatluok received lifesaving medical treatment just in time and was put on the road to recovery. But as the civil conflict in South Sudan rages on, MSF must continue to meet the needs of people affected by this crisis. Money you raise in the Walk Without Borders Challenge can help MSF reduce suffering and save more lives.



Walk in solidarity with Anna to raise funds to help provide critical care for migrants who risk their lives to escape poverty and persecution.

As a child, Anna tried to flee Eritrea, but was captured, imprisoned and beaten. At the age of 16, she tried again and managed to cross into Ethiopia. Unable to secure permission to stay, Anna eventually left Ethiopia for Europe – a journey that would prove to be extremely traumatic.

The toughest part was in Sudan. After walking for 13 hours, Anna got a lift in a pick-up truck only to have the truck stopped by traffickers who forced the passengers to strip. The traffickers stole everything of value, even people’s shoes. Anna eventually managed to board a wooden boat with 300 other migrants, which nearly sank en route from Libya to Europe. In the Sicilian port of Pozzallo, MSF doctors, nurses and trauma counsellors provided Anna and hundreds of other rescued migrants with the vital assistance they needed.

Money you raise in the Walk Without Borders Challenge can help MSF continue to provide care to tens of thousands of migrants worldwide, like Anna, who risk everything in search of safety and a better life.



Walk in solidarity with Omar to raise funds to help treat victims who are caught in the crossfire of armed conflicts.

Omar Al Balkhi, 29, lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Daraa, Syria. Immediately after the injury, he received treatment in a local field hospital but it lacked the surgical expertise and instruments he needed. Omar then travelled to an MSF war trauma surgical project in Al Ramtha hospital in Jordan

There, he underwent multiple surgeries and received rehabilitation treatment for five months, including physiotherapy and psychological support. Today, Omar walks with the aid of prosthetics and a walker, but doing so is a daily challenge – both physically and mentally. “There are good moments and not so good moments,” he says.

Show your solidarity with Omar, one step at a time, as he relearns to walk. Money you raise in the Walk Without Borders Challenge can help MSF continue to provide lifesaving medical care to thousands of people like Omar, in Syria and worldwide, who are caught in the crossfire of armed conflicts.


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