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A Rwanda genocide survivor and former ACU track star is planning to return and give back to his home country after spending a decade in Abilene.

A Rwanda genocide survivor and former ACU track star is planning to return and give back to his home country after spending a decade in Abilene.

Serge Gasore explained what he went through as a child in Rwanda.He witnessed things that no one, let alone a seven year old should have witnessed.At the age of seven, he was running for his life during the Rwanda genocide, and now he has found a way to help the children there so that they don’t grow up the way he did.The former ACU track star has several awards showcasing his success, and his time running is used to reflect, “my endurance I got from escaping kept me wanting to always run,” said Gasore.He still remembers sights and sounds from those days, his grandmother didn’t make it, “something that will never leave my mind…. the grenade came and hit her, and she bursted, blood was everywhere on me and that time I got confused, the next thing I could think of was to run away,” he recalls. {{more}}Ran he did, dodging bullets from those trying to kill he and other members of his Tutsi tribe, “I fell into a ditch and he lost target and that’s how I escaped him”.Gasore never stopped running, going on to the Rwanda National track team, and soon after the ACU track team.After receiving not 1, but 3 degrees from ACU, he and his wife are planning to head back to Rwanda, “a way of giving back to God. That’s where our hearts are,” he says.They’ve started a non-profit organization called Rwanda children to provide housing, food, family, and hope to at-risk Rwandan children.Gasore’s wife Esperanze will use her ACU degree as a nurse in the new clinic, and their two children will go to an international school and grow up in Rwanda with the other children being helped.Gasore has also written a book called My Day to Die: Running for My Life in which he tells his full story.He also says that when he gets back to Rwanda he plans to join the Rwanda national track team again and if he qualifies, the Olympics would be his dream.Gasore invites everyone to join his cause, his goal is to build at least 10 homes for the children in need.To help out or find out more, you can visit www.rwandachildren.com or visit them on Facebook or Twitter at Rwanda Children.

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