"The first time I met Generose, and she showed me her prosthetic leg, I saw that she had actually painted the toe nails on her prosthetic leg," Shannon said. "That's Generose. That's one thing about Congolese women. It doesn't matter what they've lived through. When you meet them, they dress to the nines. They look gorgeous. There's an enormous amount of dignity and pride in these women."
Shannon soon began organizing runs across America, and even the world, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and doubling the number of sponsors in Congo from 6,000 to 12,000.
This past February, she decided to do her first run in the Congo itself. Running alongside Generose, Shannon noticed that her "sister's" shoe started to slip off, inevitably kicking it out of the way. So, Shannon decided to lose her shoes as well and run barefoot.
"When I asked Generose to do the run she didn't hesitate in accepting to do it," Shannon said. "It was such a powerful statement, not only that she showed up, but after everything the militia had taken from her, she showed up in a red suit and pearls. To me, it just says so much about pieces of the human spirit that can't be touched if you don't let them."
On that same day, women across America, including this reporter, joined in on the run, trekking through a snowy Central Park, altogether raising $50,000.
"I have to say I felt like it was the best day of my life," she said.
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