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Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Tony Brake, a recreational cyclist, Boston Marathoner, and active member of the Dana-Farber Charity Team.Here’s what he had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?  I recently surpassed $25,000 in fundraising for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a world leader in cancer research and treatment.How did you achieve it?  Persistence and the generosity of others. Unfortunately, I think it’s easy for most people to identify with cancer, given how pervasive a disease it is. If there’s anyone who hasn’t been impacted in some way, either through a family member or friend, they should consider themselves very fortunate; they are in a VERY SMALL minority.What motivates you to make the world a better place?  Five close family members have been impacted by cancer, including my mother and my brother. Those experiences have motivated me to do whatever I can to prevent others from having to live through the physical and emotional toll that this horrible disease exacts.What do you do to stay healthy and fit?  I was a marathon runner for three years before severe hip osteoarthritis brought an end to that activity about a year ago. I’ve turned to road cycling as my main activity, and will be participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge on August 3rd and 4th. I supplement that with spinning, strength training, and the occasional walk.What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?  I wouldn’t call it advice, but the quote from the late Steve Prefontaine: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” My arthritis prevents me from being  competitive, in the purest sense of the word, but it has no bearing on my ability to do good for others.What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?  I love the variety of charities supported — many of which have direct relevance to me based on experiences of family members — and how it allows me to extend the reach of my training efforts beyond the direct fundraising that I’m doing.Who do you exercise for, and why?  My favorite organization to support is Stand Up to Cancer. Others of direct relevance I support, given the health history of other family members, include the Michael J. Fox Foundation as well as the most recent addition to the app, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
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Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Tony Brake, a recreational cyclist, Boston Marathoner, and active member of the Dana-Farber Charity Team.

Here’s what he had to say:

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late? 
I recently surpassed $25,000 in fundraising for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a world leader in cancer research and treatment.

How did you achieve it? 
Persistence and the generosity of others. Unfortunately, I think it’s easy for most people to identify with cancer, given how pervasive a disease it is. If there’s anyone who hasn’t been impacted in some way, either through a family member or friend, they should consider themselves very fortunate; they are in a VERY SMALL minority.

What motivates you to make the world a better place? 
Five close family members have been impacted by cancer, including my mother and my brother. Those experiences have motivated me to do whatever I can to prevent others from having to live through the physical and emotional toll that this horrible disease exacts.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit? 
I was a marathon runner for three years before severe hip osteoarthritis brought an end to that activity about a year ago. I’ve turned to road cycling as my main activity, and will be participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge on August 3rd and 4th. I supplement that with spinning, strength training, and the occasional walk.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 
I wouldn’t call it advice, but the quote from the late Steve Prefontaine: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” My arthritis prevents me from being  competitive, in the purest sense of the word, but it has no bearing on my ability to do good for others.

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles? 
I love the variety of charities supported — many of which have direct relevance to me based on experiences of family members — and how it allows me to extend the reach of my training efforts beyond the direct fundraising that I’m doing.

Who do you exercise for, and why? 
My favorite organization to support is Stand Up to Cancer. Others of direct relevance I support, given the health history of other family members, include the Michael J. Fox Foundation as well as the most recent addition to the app, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

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You mention cancer to anyone on the street and they wince. Hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t affected by it. You mention the English Channel to that same person and, most likely, you won’t have to offer too much an explanation. With the ocean at my door, an A-team of coaches assembled, and an extensive swimming background, it seemed like the obvious choice. What I didn’t know then, however, were the many similarities between training for such an event and battling cancer. Taking a risk, committing to a plan, preparing for the unknown, knowing the possibilities, and using all your energy to fight for the best outcome. One doesn’t just wake up and swim the English Channel, and similarly, a cure for cancer doesn’t come overnight.

Alli DeFrancesco on her swim to raise funds for cancer
Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Lauren Gaecke, a newbie runner who got engaged at the end of her first half marathon! Here’s what she had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?My greatest running accomplishment to date was completing a 3.4 mile race in 27 minutes (approximate distance/time). It was slightly over a 5K, and I ran a sub-8 minute pace through to the end, reaching the finish with an average pace of 7:59. That’s a full minute per mile faster than I was running 5K races last year at this time!
How did you achieve it?Train train train! Albeit safely with ice afterward and lots of stretching. I was coming off of a pulled hip muscle that made my running very difficult for about six weeks. I kept running slow short runs through the injury to maintain some form and ability, and luckily it paid off. I was pain free about a week before the race, allowing me to really dig in on race day.What motivates you to make the world a better place?I’ve done a lot of charity work in my time. I’ve put on a Dance Marathon, dedicated endless hours to play groups at a domestic violence shelter, volunteered as a candy striper, and coordinated a large scale Easter Egg Hunt for my community. Through these activities, I’ve seen endless smiles and enjoyment from those around me. It’s seeing community service in action that really makes me keep giving. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing my own impact on the world in a positive way.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?Run run run! I run four times a week, never less than four miles. Hopefully this summer I can make a 6K my standard distance until the snow rolls back around. I’m also a vegetarian.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?Don’t run through shin splints. Anything else is OK to work through. I’m so glad people told me to stop when I got shin splints during my first few months of running, though.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?I love giving to a variety of charities. I rotate my donations through some of my favorites like Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, She’s the First, Stand Up 2 Cancer, and ASPCA. It’s an easy way for anyone and everyone to give, even when there’s not enough time or money at home to make personal donations. I’ve never been involved in an easier way to make a difference!
Who do you exercise for, and why?I exercise for me. I feel better, I’ve lost a little weight, and it gets me outside multiple times a week. Read more amazing Spotlight On stories! High-res

Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Lauren Gaecke, a newbie runner who got engaged at the end of her first half marathon!

Here’s what she had to say:

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
My greatest running accomplishment to date was completing a 3.4 mile race in 27 minutes (approximate distance/time). It was slightly over a 5K, and I ran a sub-8 minute pace through to the end, reaching the finish with an average pace of 7:59. That’s a full minute per mile faster than I was running 5K races last year at this time!

How did you achieve it?
Train train train! Albeit safely with ice afterward and lots of stretching. I was coming off of a pulled hip muscle that made my running very difficult for about six weeks. I kept running slow short runs through the injury to maintain some form and ability, and luckily it paid off. I was pain free about a week before the race, allowing me to really dig in on race day.

What motivates you to make the world a better place?
I’ve done a lot of charity work in my time. I’ve put on a Dance Marathon, dedicated endless hours to play groups at a domestic violence shelter, volunteered as a candy striper, and coordinated a large scale Easter Egg Hunt for my community. Through these activities, I’ve seen endless smiles and enjoyment from those around me. It’s seeing community service in action that really makes me keep giving. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing my own impact on the world in a positive way.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
Run run run! I run four times a week, never less than four miles. Hopefully this summer I can make a 6K my standard distance until the snow rolls back around. I’m also a vegetarian.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t run through shin splints. Anything else is OK to work through. I’m so glad people told me to stop when I got shin splints during my first few months of running, though.

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
I love giving to a variety of charities. I rotate my donations through some of my favorites like Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, She’s the First, Stand Up 2 Cancer, and ASPCA. It’s an easy way for anyone and everyone to give, even when there’s not enough time or money at home to make personal donations. I’ve never been involved in an easier way to make a difference!

Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for me. I feel better, I’ve lost a little weight, and it gets me outside multiple times a week. 

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Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Tori Morger, an awesome triathlete and member of her high school’s cross country and track teams.
Here’s what she had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?Being able to run with my little brother. I taught him how to ride his bike and now he comes on my runs. 

What motivates you to make the world a better place?Charity Miles motivates me because I know that an extra mile can really help someone else in the world.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?I stay healthy and fit by eating right and running once or twice a day. I also ride my bike across town every other day.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded." 2 Chronicles 15:7

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?I like using Charity Miles because it motivates me to go even farther.
Who do you exercise for, and why?I exercise because I love how it makes me feel. I’m also motivated by knowing that I can keep up with the captains on the cross country team.
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Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Tori Morger, an awesome triathlete and member of her high school’s cross country and track teams.

Here’s what she had to say:

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
Being able to run with my little brother. I taught him how to ride his bike and now he comes on my runs. 
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
Charity Miles motivates me because I know that an extra mile can really help someone else in the world.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I stay healthy and fit by eating right and running once or twice a day. I also ride my bike across town every other day.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded." 2 Chronicles 15:7
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
I like using Charity Miles because it motivates me to go even farther.

Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise because I love how it makes me feel. I’m also motivated by knowing that I can keep up with the captains on the cross country team.

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Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Daniel Harrison, a rising senior at Emory University who hopes to attend medical school after completing a master’s program in the UK and competing in the Edinburgh Marathon.
Here’s what he had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late? I’m really excited to be interning at Baylor College of Medicine this summer. After finishing my undergraduate degree at Emory University, I hope to go to medical school and become a doctor. This internship is really one of the best things I could have asked for in pursuit of that goal.How did you achieve it?Hard work and persistence. I didn’t get into the program on the first round of applications, but I called the program office every week afterwards to check on my status. Finally, at the end of March the program director told me that my application was no longer pending and that I had been accepted.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?There are so many people in my life that have made the world a better place for me, most notably my parents and my Nana, who passed away after a long battle with cancer when I was younger. These people were always happiest when they were doing something for someone else, and I quickly learned that the best way to be happy was through making others happy. 
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?Over the course of the last few years, I’ve really gotten into long distance running. I’ve been racing in 5ks, half marathons, and some distances in between. This November I’ll run my first marathon. I’ve also started “swimming” some, but take that word loosely. For me, swimming means “trying not to drown for 25 yards before I get to the next wall.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? "Don’t eat yellow snow!" - Dad
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?It’s so easy. I go out, do my workout as I normally would, and raise money for an awesome charity in the process. I’m in support of anything that allows me to give back just by going about my weekly routine.
Who do you exercise for, and why? For the most part, I exercise for myself. Running is a great way for me to stay in shape, be competitive, and take some time out of my busy schedule to just think. That being said, Charity Miles has helped me add a new dimension to whom I run for. Now, every time I go out for a workout, I’m not just running for myself: I’m running for Stand Up To Cancer, The Wounded Warrior Project, or Every Mother Counts and the people behind those charities.
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Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Daniel Harrison, a rising senior at Emory University who hopes to attend medical school after completing a master’s program in the UK and competing in the Edinburgh Marathon.

Here’s what he had to say:

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
I’m really excited to be interning at Baylor College of Medicine this summer. After finishing my undergraduate degree at Emory University, I hope to go to medical school and become a doctor. This internship is really one of the best things I could have asked for in pursuit of that goal.

How did you achieve it?
Hard work and persistence. I didn’t get into the program on the first round of applications, but I called the program office every week afterwards to check on my status. Finally, at the end of March the program director told me that my application was no longer pending and that I had been accepted.

What motivates you to make the world a better place?
There are so many people in my life that have made the world a better place for me, most notably my parents and my Nana, who passed away after a long battle with cancer when I was younger. These people were always happiest when they were doing something for someone else, and I quickly learned that the best way to be happy was through making others happy. 

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
Over the course of the last few years, I’ve really gotten into long distance running. I’ve been racing in 5ks, half marathons, and some distances in between. This November I’ll run my first marathon. I’ve also started “swimming” some, but take that word loosely. For me, swimming means “trying not to drown for 25 yards before I get to the next wall.”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
"Don’t eat yellow snow!" - Dad

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
It’s so easy. I go out, do my workout as I normally would, and raise money for an awesome charity in the process. I’m in support of anything that allows me to give back just by going about my weekly routine.

Who do you exercise for, and why? For the most part, I exercise for myself. Running is a great way for me to stay in shape, be competitive, and take some time out of my busy schedule to just think. That being said, Charity Miles has helped me add a new dimension to whom I run for. Now, every time I go out for a workout, I’m not just running for myself: I’m running for Stand Up To Cancer, The Wounded Warrior Project, or Every Mother Counts and the people behind those charities.

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Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Brittany Haight, a dancer turned runner and Charity Miles lover, and aspiring nurse.
Here’s what she had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?My greatest accomplishment has been maintaining a 4.0 in nursing school, along with achieving my goal weight and clocking 41.98 Charity Miles.
How did you achieve it?I set my mind on the goals I wanted to achieve and determined that I was the only one that could make them come true. 
What motivates you to make the world a better place?The fact that everyone has the power in them to make a difference, even if it is a little step at a time. You will eventually be striding toward a large goal that has made more of a difference than being static.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?I eat clean, consume whole foods, and exercise every single day.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?That you are the only one standing in your own way, so move out of your own way and run toward that goal of yours.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?My favorite aspect is the wide variety of charities that you can choose from. I love that one day I can help Feeding America, and the next day I can run for Parkinson’s research. It’s so empowering to be helping out and staying fit. Charity Miles is sincerely the greatest foundation I have discovered, and I boast everyday about what a difference it has made and encourage my friends and family to partake in the greatest opportunity of all: running for charity.
Who do you exercise for, and why?I exercise for the charities and I exercise for myself. Exercise not only keeps your body in great shape, but it also keeps your mind in great shape. Exercise releases endorphin’s and creates a better mood almost instantly. I want to ensure longevity in my life, while benefiting the lives of others.
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Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Brittany Haight, a dancer turned runner and Charity Miles lover, and aspiring nurse.

Here’s what she had to say:

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
My greatest accomplishment has been maintaining a 4.0 in nursing school, along with achieving my goal weight and clocking 41.98 Charity Miles.

How did you achieve it?
I set my mind on the goals I wanted to achieve and determined that I was the only one that could make them come true. 

What motivates you to make the world a better place?
The fact that everyone has the power in them to make a difference, even if it is a little step at a time. You will eventually be striding toward a large goal that has made more of a difference than being static.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I eat clean, consume whole foods, and exercise every single day.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
That you are the only one standing in your own way, so move out of your own way and run toward that goal of yours.

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
My favorite aspect is the wide variety of charities that you can choose from. I love that one day I can help Feeding America, and the next day I can run for Parkinson’s research. It’s so empowering to be helping out and staying fit. Charity Miles is sincerely the greatest foundation I have discovered, and I boast everyday about what a difference it has made and encourage my friends and family to partake in the greatest opportunity of all: running for charity.

Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for the charities and I exercise for myself. Exercise not only keeps your body in great shape, but it also keeps your mind in great shape. Exercise releases endorphin’s and creates a better mood almost instantly. I want to ensure longevity in my life, while benefiting the lives of others.

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