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Host Mom and Au Pair Run Side-By-Side in TCS New York City Marathon

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 1:36 pm.

By Lynette Evans-Tiernan, Communications Manager for Exchange Visitor Program

Soon after meeting, host mom Candice asked her au pair Laura if she would join her in running the New York City Marathon. After months of training and fundraising, they traveled from Verona, Wisconsin to New York City and completed the race.

Meet Laura and Candice

Host mom Candice, who is an avid runner, says she and her German au pair Laura bonded over their mutual love of running during the interview process. “In fact,” says Candice, “Laura mentioned that running a 26.2 is a bucket list life goal of hers.” Candice, who has run several marathons, and Laura, whose longest official race has been a half marathon, are both very excited for this opportunity. Laura says “Taking part in such a great event together will be a big honor—a dream could come true!”

Candice and Laura on race day as they pass mile 5 in Brooklyn, New York.

Five Au Pair/Host Family teams (including Candice and Laura) pose for a group photo. All five teams ran the NYC marathon on behalf of the Cultural Care Kids First Foundation, an organization that enriches the lives of kids in need through educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.

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About G. Kevin Saba

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange


G. Kevin Saba serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In this capacity, he oversees the Exchange Visitor Program, which brings around 300,000 foreign citizens to the United States annually to teach, study, and build skills. He is the Director for the Policy and Program Support Division in ECA’s Office of Private Sector Exchange.

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