Big Sister runs Antarctic Marathon in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Esther Mesquita with her Little Sister at Animal Ark in 2013. Photo courtesy of Esther Mesquita.

Esther Mesquita, a two-time mentor Big Sister, is traveling to Antarctica this month to run a marathon in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada (BBBSNN).

It’s part of her effort to see all seven continents, but because she is light on her feet for a woman with such a huge heart, she wishes to use this accomplishment as an opportunity to raise money for the local nonprofit charity.

“As a teacher, I see on a daily basis how adults can help shape children’s lives by being there for them.” Esther said of her experience. “Big Brothers Big Sisters positively influences a child’s self-confidence, provides stability, changes their perspective on life, and encourages them to set higher goals.”

In the spirit of her upcoming Antarctic adventure (marathon on March 9), she is asking her friends, family, readers of her blog, and members of the community to join her in making a difference by making a donation – any amount – to her fundraising page, to allow BBBSNN to provide more children facing adversity with caring adult mentors to create positive outcomes contributing to brighter futures, better schools and a stronger community for us all.

You can follow along with her adventure at

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever.

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Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.