I Will Walk With a Friend ... For a Friend

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I Will Walk With a Friend ... For a Friend

  1. 1. I Will Walk With A Friend … For A FriendWe all have a friend or family member who has experienced a serious illness. Most times we feel helpless andwish we could do more to make our loved one feel better. There are a wide range of charitable organizationsthat accept our contributions. But today there is a FREE fitness app, Charity Miles, that lets charities cash inwhile you walk, run or bike.Who and What Started the MovementGene Gurkoff (Founder, CEO) is the entrepreneur and lawyer who conceived of Charity Miles. Aftergraduating Harvard Law School in 2004, Gene practiced corporate law for two of the world’s most respectedlaw firms. At the same time, Gene represented several charities pro bono and became the pro bono GeneralCounsel to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Gene also helped found Team Fox, thegrassroots fundraising arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which has raised over $16,000,000 forParkinson’s research since 2006. Gene has run in over thirty marathons and five Iron-man triathlons to raisemoney and awareness for Team Fox in honor of his grandfather who has Parkinson’s.Charity Miles is self funding the initial $1 million covering the app’s first users. Gene hopes to gain as manyathletes on the platform as possible, to entice future corporate sponsors. By sponsoring users’ runs and rides,the corporations have a unique way to connect with consumers.Meet Gene and his grandfather: http://youtu.be/kTcM74bkBdIChanging the World is a Team SportGene, is correct. Change requires inspiration and a team. My inspiration to walk more or bike a little furthereveryday comes from a very dear friend, Roz Shafer. Her story is very similar to many, she has leukemia. So Iwalk or bike each day for Roz using the Charity Miles app.Using the Charity Miles app is easy and again its free. But I still didnt feel as though I was doing enough.My Social Geek Radio Co-Host, AK Stout and I decided to coordinate an event where we could walk together inone of the greatest cities in the world and invite others to join us.We will walk with a friend, for a friend and a charity on October 21st. Gene along with many others will join usas we open our app and contribute our steps to a charity.
  2. 2. We hope you can join us either in New York City or your own hometown. Visit our Website Walk With aFriend...For a Friend http://www.smore.com/xp6e to learn more. "Charity Miles is not just about raising money. Its about making a statement, raising awareness, and showing your commitment to a cause."

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