The idea for the historic run got its start in 2010, six weeks after the 7.0 earthquake that killed nearly 300,000 Haitians, when Ian Rosenberger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania visited Haiti to help. He met Tassy Fils-aime, a young man who was dying from a tennis-ball-size tumor in his jaw. Rosenberger and his friends raised $50,000 for surgery to remove the tumor, saving Fils-aime's life. Soon after that Rosenberger realized that groups must work with whole neighborhoods, one person at a time, to meet basic needs like healthcare, education and employment. Developing these resources became the focus of Team Tassy. A gallery with more info can be found here.