PITTSFIELD -- Lyndsay Cimini has never run a half-marathon before.

She now has a reason to do so.

Cimini, a 2011 graduate of Berkshire Community College who is now a senior at Bay Path College, will be running in the St. Patrick's Day Half-Marathon in New York City this Sunday.

She will be running to raise money for the Somaly Mam Foundation. Somaly Mam is a Cambodian sex slavery survivor. She escaped that life, and eventually created the non-profit organization to end sex slavery and empower its survivors, according to www.somaly.org, the organization's website.

Mam has won numerous humanitarian awards and continues to reside in Cambodia where she aids victims of sexual slavery.

Cimini read Mam's autobiography recently and was moved to raise money for the organization, she said.

Although Cimini is not particularly athletic, she signed up for the marathon and has been training for it for the past three months.

"I'm not that interested in talking about myself," she said, adding that she wants the focus to be on raising money for the Foundation and urges local support.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Cimini can reach her via email at lcimini@baypath.edu.

To learn more about the Somaly Mam Foundation, including how to donate to it directly, go to www.somaly.org.