After enduring a pregnancy-related complication when she delivered her daughter Grace in 2003, former model Christy Turlington Burns learned that hundreds of thousands of women and girls die each year from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications, often from lack of basic and emergency obstetric care. In response, she launched Every Mother Counts (EMC) to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. This year, Turlington will be running her ninth marathon on behalf of Team EMC, and on May 6 and 7 she’ll be at the Mom Congress in Washington, DC. “I haven’t modeled full time in 30 years,” she shares. “I always knew that my first career was not going to be the end-all for me and I continued to challenge and push myself to grow and evolve. I went back to school in the mid-’90s and from there I was able to start a business, write a book, start a family, make a documentary and start this organization.” Mother’s Day is a big deal at EMC and donations can be made in honor of a mom. “Our Mother’s Day race is the Bridgehampton 5K and half-marathon and there are still spots available.”