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Diaz said he is working himself up to running a half marathon — 13.1 miles — in 2019 or 2020 and a full marathon — 26.2 miles — the year after that.

The top women’s finisher in the 5K was Jessica Petrina, 36, of Selden, with a time of 19 minutes 59 seconds.

Other runners Saturday had more modest goals. Josephine Pierre, 32, is in the middle of an intense weight-loss regimen — she has lost 50 pounds in the past four months — and had never run five kilometers at once until Saturday. She finished in about 58 minutes.

“I feel great,” the Westbury woman said as she hugged her 5-year-old son, Christian. “I’m happy I did it and my kids were here to see it. I want to show them that we can achieve things when we put our minds to it.”

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Then there are the tens of millions of children like Shivam across the world whose families cannot afford an eye exam or the prescription eyeglasses that would help them excel in school.

“Many of these kids are classified as poor learners or just dumb and therefore don’t progress at school,” said Kovin Naidoo, global director of Our Children’s Vision, an organization that provides free or inexpensive eyeglasses across Africa. “That just adds another hurdle to countries struggling to break the cycle of poverty.”

Under the radar

In an era when millions of people still die from preventable or treatable illness, many major donors devote their largesse to combating killers like AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. In 2015, only million was spent on delivering eyeglasses to people in the developing world, less than 1 percent of resources devoted to global health issues, according to EYElliance, a nonprofit group trying to raise money and bring attention to the problem of uncorrected vision.

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