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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 Martin Renaud, an endurance athlete and Ironman, who has lost over 100 pounds! “I first entered the world of endurance athleticism in 2008 when I joined Team in Training to honor a friend’s mother and to get in shape,” Renaud explained. “What I thought would be a one-time event became an addiction and life-style change. In the time since that event, I’ve completed over 60 endurance events including four Ironman-distance events. I’m currently raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and training for Ironman Cairns in June 2014 and Ironman Chattanooga in September 2014.”  
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

Crossing the finish line of any event is an accomplishment but I’m very proud of my 140.6 finishes. 



How did you achieve it?
A lot of training, a lot of support from my son and wife, and a bit of a stubborn streak.

What motivates you to make the world a better place?
My son.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
Swim, bike, and run. The occasional hike to keep things interesting. I also cut out dairy and gluten last year. I’ve not been diagnosed with an intolerance to either but I’ve noticed I feel better without these ingredients. I’ve also lost over 100 pounds in the past year. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Embrace the Suck (Thanks, MACCA!) 

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
I love that charities I love and support can receive money by just doing what I’d be doing anyway. 

Who do you exercise for, and why?
Myself, because I can. My family, to inspire them. The cancer survivors I’ve met through Team in Training, because nothing I’m enduring can equal what they’ve experienced. And the silent sufferers of Crohn’s and Colitis, because I’m lucky to not have to experience the pain and discomfort they have on a daily basis. 

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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 Martin Renaud, an endurance athlete and Ironman, who has lost over 100 pounds! “I first entered the world of endurance athleticism in 2008 when I joined Team in Training to honor a friend’s mother and to get in shape,” Renaud explained. “What I thought would be a one-time event became an addiction and life-style change. In the time since that event, I’ve completed over 60 endurance events including four Ironman-distance events. I’m currently raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and training for Ironman Cairns in June 2014 and Ironman Chattanooga in September 2014.” 

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

Crossing the finish line of any event is an accomplishment but I’m very proud of my 140.6 finishes. 
How did you achieve it?

A lot of training, a lot of support from my son and wife, and a bit of a stubborn streak.

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

My son.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

Swim, bike, and run. The occasional hike to keep things interesting. I also cut out dairy and gluten last year. I’ve not been diagnosed with an intolerance to either but I’ve noticed I feel better without these ingredients. I’ve also lost over 100 pounds in the past year. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Embrace the Suck (Thanks, MACCA!) 

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

I love that charities I love and support can receive money by just doing what I’d be doing anyway. 

Who do you exercise for, and why?

Myself, because I can. My family, to inspire them. The cancer survivors I’ve met through Team in Training, because nothing I’m enduring can equal what they’ve experienced. And the silent sufferers of Crohn’s and Colitis, because I’m lucky to not have to experience the pain and discomfort they have on a daily basis. 
Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Liz Densmore, a 34-year-old mom from Brandon, Mississippi with a deep love for running. Liz loves running races that contribute to her favorite causes, such as the upcoming Jingle Bell Jog benefiting Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Liz recently completed her first half marathon, the Women’s Series 13.1 in Nashville benefiting Chrons Disease research, and she looks forward to participating in a full marathon, the Spartan Sprint and the Warrior Dash. 
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

My greatest accomplish to date is the completion of the Nashville Women’s Series 13.1. I trained for 12 weeks for the race and came in under my goal time! It felt GREAT! I can’t wait to run a full marathon!
How did you achieve it?

I achieved my goal of running the 13.1 with dedication and determination. You can’t train for an endurance race without committing to your training and putting it first. NO EXCUSES. I ran in the extreme heat, the rain, when I was tired….but I set my mind to doing the 13.1 and nothing was going to stop me. I made a commitment to myself. I dedicated each mile to a person who has been an inspiration in my life. And then I ran the last 1.1 for someone very special to me. It was an AMAZING experience that I can’t wait to repeat! 
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
My four-year-old son is my greatest motivator. I want him to see his mom as strong and capable. And I NEVER want him to see me quit or give up. I want to make the world a better place for him and his children. 
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I believe that health is 70% what you put INTO your body and 30% what you do WITH your body. So I work very hard to balance clean, nutritional eating with running and some cross training. I love running outside and I love participating in local boot camps. I am a competitor, so having others exercising with me keeps me motivated to increase my fitness level. 
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

The best piece of advice I have been given regarding running is that you have to remember that YOU are your biggest competitor. You are not competing against other runners. You are competing against yourself. It’s not about being better than the other runners out there. It’s about being better than you were yesterday. And also, when your mind is telling you to stop and your body wants to give out, run with your HEART. 
What is your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

My favorite thing about CharityMiles is that I can do something I love and contribute to a great cause: The Wounded Warrior Project. I am absolutely thrilled that my running is helping this great group. When I get tired and want to quit, I think about what our wounded soldiers have had to endure and it keeps me going. 
Who do you exercise for, and why?

I exercise for me. For my health. So that I can hopefully be around for a long time to watch my son grow up and to be with my family and loved ones. I want to be a positive example, not only for my son, but for my friends and family as a whole. I want them to see that if I can do it, anyone can. It just takes the desire to want to be better than you were yesterday. 
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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 Liz Densmore, a 34-year-old mom from Brandon, Mississippi with a deep love for running. Liz loves running races that contribute to her favorite causes, such as the upcoming Jingle Bell Jog benefiting Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Liz recently completed her first half marathon, the Women’s Series 13.1 in Nashville benefiting Chrons Disease research, and she looks forward to participating in a full marathon, the Spartan Sprint and the Warrior Dash. 

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

My greatest accomplish to date is the completion of the Nashville Women’s Series 13.1. I trained for 12 weeks for the race and came in under my goal time! It felt GREAT! I can’t wait to run a full marathon!

How did you achieve it?

I achieved my goal of running the 13.1 with dedication and determination. You can’t train for an endurance race without committing to your training and putting it first. NO EXCUSES. I ran in the extreme heat, the rain, when I was tired….but I set my mind to doing the 13.1 and nothing was going to stop me. I made a commitment to myself. I dedicated each mile to a person who has been an inspiration in my life. And then I ran the last 1.1 for someone very special to me. It was an AMAZING experience that I can’t wait to repeat! 

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

My four-year-old son is my greatest motivator. I want him to see his mom as strong and capable. And I NEVER want him to see me quit or give up. I want to make the world a better place for him and his children.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

I believe that health is 70% what you put INTO your body and 30% what you do WITH your body. So I work very hard to balance clean, nutritional eating with running and some cross training. I love running outside and I love participating in local boot camps. I am a competitor, so having others exercising with me keeps me motivated to increase my fitness level. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

The best piece of advice I have been given regarding running is that you have to remember that YOU are your biggest competitor. You are not competing against other runners. You are competing against yourself. It’s not about being better than the other runners out there. It’s about being better than you were yesterday. And also, when your mind is telling you to stop and your body wants to give out, run with your HEART.

What is your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

My favorite thing about CharityMiles is that I can do something I love and contribute to a great cause: The Wounded Warrior Project. I am absolutely thrilled that my running is helping this great group. When I get tired and want to quit, I think about what our wounded soldiers have had to endure and it keeps me going.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

I exercise for me. For my health. So that I can hopefully be around for a long time to watch my son grow up and to be with my family and loved ones. I want to be a positive example, not only for my son, but for my friends and family as a whole. I want them to see that if I can do it, anyone can. It just takes the desire to want to be better than you were yesterday.

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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 Ethan Crosby, a teacher who is about 2/3 of the way through his running streak to raise $1000 for cancer.


 What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?


Getting this streak past the $800 mark was pretty sweet, and I’m looking forward to making it to $1000. My part in it has really been very easy. I just take the dog for a run, and that’s something I’d be doing anyway. It’s my friends and family that have really made this streak a success.
 What motivates you to make the world a better place?


A sizable fraction of the sadness in my life I can lay at the feet of cancer, and I believe that cancer is something that humans should be able to beat. I’m just a teacher, so I can’t sequence DNA and I can’t synthesize new compounds to stop tumors from growing; given funding, there are others who can. I don’t have a lot of money of my own, so I can’t build labs and fund research fellowships; I do have a little that I can give, and I can use the tools at my disposal to help others give a little too. 
 What do you do to stay healthy and fit?


Obviously, I run every day. I try to eat as much healthy stuff as I can to combat all the crap I eat. I’ve also added yoga a few times a week. 
 What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?


 Someone on a forum once said, “running sucks until it doesn’t, and a lot of people never get to the doesn’t.” I found this to be true as an emerging runner, and I still find it true during those first 10 minutes of every morning. I also apply it to other things that are challenging and time-consuming; I just have to get to the doesn’t. 

Who do you exercise for, and why?


Exercise is essentially a selfish action. We exercise so that we can look better or get healthier, so that we can get more time with loved ones or just more time.Some exercise to prove something, for a sense of accomplishment, or just because it feels good. All of those reasons apply to me. Charity Miles takes this selfish act and turns it into an act of giving. It inspires me to go longer and further. The money I’ve raised through Charity Miles is not the bulk of the money I’ve raised on this streak, but I wouldn’t have had the idea if not for Charity Miles.

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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 Ethan Crosby, a teacher who is about 2/3 of the way through his running streak to raise $1000 for cancer.

 What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

Getting this streak past the $800 mark was pretty sweet, and I’m looking forward to making it to $1000. My part in it has really been very easy. I just take the dog for a run, and that’s something I’d be doing anyway. It’s my friends and family that have really made this streak a success.

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

A sizable fraction of the sadness in my life I can lay at the feet of cancer, and I believe that cancer is something that humans should be able to beat. I’m just a teacher, so I can’t sequence DNA and I can’t synthesize new compounds to stop tumors from growing; given funding, there are others who can. I don’t have a lot of money of my own, so I can’t build labs and fund research fellowships; I do have a little that I can give, and I can use the tools at my disposal to help others give a little too. 

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

Obviously, I run every day. I try to eat as much healthy stuff as I can to combat all the crap I eat. I’ve also added yoga a few times a week. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

 Someone on a forum once said, “running sucks until it doesn’t, and a lot of people never get to the doesn’t.” I found this to be true as an emerging runner, and I still find it true during those first 10 minutes of every morning. I also apply it to other things that are challenging and time-consuming; I just have to get to the doesn’t. 

Who do you exercise for, and why?

Exercise is essentially a selfish action. We exercise so that we can look better or get healthier, so that we can get more time with loved ones or just more time.Some exercise to prove something, for a sense of accomplishment, or just because it feels good. All of those reasons apply to me. Charity Miles takes this selfish act and turns it into an act of giving. It inspires me to go longer and further. The money I’ve raised through Charity Miles is not the bulk of the money I’ve raised on this streak, but I wouldn’t have had the idea if not for Charity Miles.

Read more amazing Spotlight On stories here!

Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Stephanie Cassady, a wife and mother with various veterans in her family, and a love for the Wounded Warriors Project.

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?  
Without hesitation, my family! Although my work has temporarily separated us by several states, we unconditionally support each others goals, ambitions, and dreams. I cannot be more proud or more blessed then the family I have today.


 How did you achieve it?
By staying true to myself, always being honest, and not letting ego get in the way when I was wrong.
 What motivates you to make the world a better place? 

My children who are constantly getting involved, volunteering, etc. and I do what I think would make my dad proud of me since he passed in 1994.
 What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
When I think of being healthy, I don’t just think of my physical being, but also mental and emotional. So I run, work out, “play” golf if you can call it that, participate/volunteer in charity events that raise money and awareness for great causes, eat well, spend time with my family as much as I can, and even get massages or have mother/daughter dates for mani/pedi’s.
 What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 


I cannot remember exactly who or where I heard this but it applies in life, in challenges and in goal setting: “Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.”
  What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles? 



My 18-year-old daughter, Taylor, is the one who inspired me to join Charity Miles. We both have asthma, and so running is a difficult task for us. We use that time to bond, exercise and condition our lungs. We use Charity Miles to raise awareness and money for worthwhile causes close to our hearts.Though we facetime often, and text daily, using the Charity Miles application allows me to support our family’s fitness goals even being 1500 miles away.
 Who do you exercise for, and why? 
 Wounded Warrior project is dear to our hearts as my father, uncles, and grandparents were all veterans, some dating back to the Civil War. My father was killed in a car accident when I was just 10 weeks pregnant with my daughter, Taylor James, who is named after her grandfather. He served two tours in Vietnam, and came home with numerous medals, including a purple heart. We honor him in all our contributions. Taylor splits her miles between Would Warrior project and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in an effort to honor a high school AVID classmate, Leslie, who had to postpone college due to currently undergoing treatments for leukemia. 
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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 Stephanie Cassady, a wife and mother with various veterans in her family, and a love for the Wounded Warriors Project.

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?  

Without hesitation, my family! Although my work has temporarily separated us by several states, we unconditionally support each others goals, ambitions, and dreams. I cannot be more proud or more blessed then the family I have today.

 How did you achieve it?

By staying true to myself, always being honest, and not letting ego get in the way when I was wrong.

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

My children who are constantly getting involved, volunteering, etc. and I do what I think would make my dad proud of me since he passed in 1994.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

When I think of being healthy, I don’t just think of my physical being, but also mental and emotional. So I run, work out, “play” golf if you can call it that, participate/volunteer in charity events that raise money and awareness for great causes, eat well, spend time with my family as much as I can, and even get massages or have mother/daughter dates for mani/pedi’s.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

I cannot remember exactly who or where I heard this but it applies in life, in challenges and in goal setting: “Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.”

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

My 18-year-old daughter, Taylor, is the one who inspired me to join Charity Miles. We both have asthma, and so running is a difficult task for us. We use that time to bond, exercise and condition our lungs. We use Charity Miles to raise awareness and money for worthwhile causes close to our hearts.Though we facetime often, and text daily, using the Charity Miles application allows me to support our family’s fitness goals even being 1500 miles away.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

Wounded Warrior project is dear to our hearts as my father, uncles, and grandparents were all veterans, some dating back to the Civil War. My father was killed in a car accident when I was just 10 weeks pregnant with my daughter, Taylor James, who is named after her grandfather. He served two tours in Vietnam, and came home with numerous medals, including a purple heart. We honor him in all our contributions. Taylor splits her miles between Would Warrior project and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in an effort to honor a high school AVID classmate, Leslie, who had to postpone college due to currently undergoing treatments for leukemia.

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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 Shanni Wiedl,  a wife and stay at home mother of three young children. She’s recently become e a runner and more importantly, she hopes, a motivator. As Shanni says: “Running and writing have become my outlets. Each day I try to write about something positive. Most days it involves my children, because they are my life and frankly, hilarious. I have also begun writing about my own journey that has made me a runner.  I did not intend to motivate others to get in shape or to get moving, but simply to share my stories.  I have so many, as we all do.”
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

Not to sound too cliché, but it’s my children (and I won’t tell you how I achieved it, but it was quite traditional.) I also recently ran the Philly Broad Street 10 Miler and the Runners World Bethlehem Half. I also ran the MCM 10K with my sister and niece (and other family members) in support of my brother in law who is currently serving in Afghanistan. (Hoping to run the full marathon next year with him.)

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

 My children motivate me to make the world a better place. I recently read this quote on Pinterest: “Be the person you want your children to be when they grow up.” Every day I see how my actions, my words, my mood and my involvement shape my children. They mimic me, in their play, in how they communicate with others, in their behavior. Being a parent is like having a time machine to the future. I’m doing my best to make sure my kids learn what the future can be, by modeling it for them in the present.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

 I cook real food for most weekday meals yet maintain a healthy understanding of reality. I attend a cardio-toning class at the gym almost daily and have plans to start yoga. I run to get out of my head (I do not follow a plan, I just go). I am active with my family.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

My grandfather always told us to “adapt.” He was so very wise.
What is your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

My favorite aspect of using Charity Miles is that it’s so easy to use.  I’m already running, why not run for a good cause? Plus I don’t have to check my bank account…just click on the app, choose the charity, and go!
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for me. It makes me feel great, and when I feel great, life just works better. 
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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 Shanni Wiedl,  a wife and stay at home mother of three young children. She’s recently become e a runner and more importantly, she hopes, a motivator. As Shanni says: “Running and writing have become my outlets. Each day I try to write about something positive. Most days it involves my children, because they are my life and frankly, hilarious. I have also begun writing about my own journey that has made me a runner.  I did not intend to motivate others to get in shape or to get moving, but simply to share my stories.  I have so many, as we all do.”

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

Not to sound too cliché, but it’s my children (and I won’t tell you how I achieved it, but it was quite traditional.) I also recently ran the Philly Broad Street 10 Miler and the Runners World Bethlehem Half. I also ran the MCM 10K with my sister and niece (and other family members) in support of my brother in law who is currently serving in Afghanistan. (Hoping to run the full marathon next year with him.)

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

 My children motivate me to make the world a better place. I recently read this quote on Pinterest: “Be the person you want your children to be when they grow up.” Every day I see how my actions, my words, my mood and my involvement shape my children. They mimic me, in their play, in how they communicate with others, in their behavior. Being a parent is like having a time machine to the future. I’m doing my best to make sure my kids learn what the future can be, by modeling it for them in the present.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

 I cook real food for most weekday meals yet maintain a healthy understanding of reality. I attend a cardio-toning class at the gym almost daily and have plans to start yoga. I run to get out of my head (I do not follow a plan, I just go). I am active with my family.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

My grandfather always told us to “adapt.” He was so very wise.

What is your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

My favorite aspect of using Charity Miles is that it’s so easy to use.  I’m already running, why not run for a good cause? Plus I don’t have to check my bank account…just click on the app, choose the charity, and go!

Who do you exercise for, and why?

I exercise for me. It makes me feel great, and when I feel great, life just works better. 

Read more amazing Spotlight On stories here!

Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring the ATO WalkHard Team. The ATO WalkHard is a six-day, 125-mile hike from Troy, Alabama to Panama City Beach, Florida. 15 Brothers of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity participate in this annual event to raise awareness and money for the Wounded Warrior Project. This upcoming spring break will mark the fifth year that Alpha Tau Omega has held this event.  

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

 Being presented a Proclamation for “Walk Hard Day” from Mayor Gayle F. Oberst of Panama City Beach while being featured on Travel Channel’s upcoming documentary series “Spring Break 24/7”. 


How did you achieve it?

 It was achieved by a dedicated ATO WalkHard committee that reached out to several media outlets and public dignitaries in order to receive a vast pool of support for Special Olympics in 2013. Several meetings and presentations were made in order for others to understand our cause and felt led to assist. 


What motivates you to make the world a better place?

 What motivates these fraternity brothers during their 125+ mile walk is the thought of making a statement to every person that passes them along the way. There have been instances where people see a large group of guys walking down the highway with camping backpacks on and have a sudden urge to simply stop and ask, “Why are you guys walking so far, and what for?” These brothers feel enthusiastic to share with them that they are raising money for a particular charity. For this upcoming year, these walkers will be raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. 


What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

 During the months leading up to the week long walk, all brothers participate in routine exercises that range from running a set amount of time on the treadmill, to dedicating a half-day of simply walking around campus with a few friends. Each of these walkers have different methods to prepare both physically and mentally for the week long walk.


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

 The best advice that the ATO WalkHard team has received was by a gentleman by the name of Billy Williams. Mr. Williams was a boiler technician on the USS Nassau (LHA-4). He contacted us in early 2013 and told us how much he truly appreciated all that we did for the community. Before the walkers left for Panama City Beach, Mr. Williams asked that they carry his challenge coin throughout the entire journey. Also, he informed us that he would buy the coin back from the walkers when they arrived in Panama City Beach. Just a few minutes before leaving, he gathered all of the walkers together and said, “Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.” This quote stuck with each walker as they progressed forward. 


What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

 Our favorite aspect involves the fact that every step they take makes a substantial difference to many people suffering. In our case, we have all selected the Wounded Warrior Project as our charity of choice. 


Who do you exercise for, and why?

 We exercise for all of those who have risked their lives to defend our country. For ten years now, the Wounded Warrior Project has offered a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military. As a result, countless injured service men and women have received assistance to help them transition back to a civilian lifestyle. This charity means a great deal to our walkers and fraternity as a whole and we are honored to give back to them through our event. 

Read more amazing Spotlight On stories here!





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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 the ATO WalkHard Team. The ATO WalkHard is a six-day, 125-mile hike from Troy, Alabama to Panama City Beach, Florida. 15 Brothers of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity participate in this annual event to raise awareness and money for the Wounded Warrior Project. This upcoming spring break will mark the fifth year that Alpha Tau Omega has held this event. 

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

 Being presented a Proclamation for “Walk Hard Day” from Mayor Gayle F. Oberst of Panama City Beach while being featured on Travel Channel’s upcoming documentary series “Spring Break 24/7”.

How did you achieve it?

 It was achieved by a dedicated ATO WalkHard committee that reached out to several media outlets and public dignitaries in order to receive a vast pool of support for Special Olympics in 2013. Several meetings and presentations were made in order for others to understand our cause and felt led to assist.

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

 What motivates these fraternity brothers during their 125+ mile walk is the thought of making a statement to every person that passes them along the way. There have been instances where people see a large group of guys walking down the highway with camping backpacks on and have a sudden urge to simply stop and ask, “Why are you guys walking so far, and what for?” These brothers feel enthusiastic to share with them that they are raising money for a particular charity. For this upcoming year, these walkers will be raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

 During the months leading up to the week long walk, all brothers participate in routine exercises that range from running a set amount of time on the treadmill, to dedicating a half-day of simply walking around campus with a few friends. Each of these walkers have different methods to prepare both physically and mentally for the week long walk.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

 The best advice that the ATO WalkHard team has received was by a gentleman by the name of Billy Williams. Mr. Williams was a boiler technician on the USS Nassau (LHA-4). He contacted us in early 2013 and told us how much he truly appreciated all that we did for the community. Before the walkers left for Panama City Beach, Mr. Williams asked that they carry his challenge coin throughout the entire journey. Also, he informed us that he would buy the coin back from the walkers when they arrived in Panama City Beach. Just a few minutes before leaving, he gathered all of the walkers together and said, “Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.” This quote stuck with each walker as they progressed forward.

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

 Our favorite aspect involves the fact that every step they take makes a substantial difference to many people suffering. In our case, we have all selected the Wounded Warrior Project as our charity of choice.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

 We exercise for all of those who have risked their lives to defend our country. For ten years now, the Wounded Warrior Project has offered a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military. As a result, countless injured service men and women have received assistance to help them transition back to a civilian lifestyle. This charity means a great deal to our walkers and fraternity as a whole and we are honored to give back to them through our event.

Read more amazing Spotlight On stories here!

Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Kristin Dignen, a 19 year-old worship leader and guitarist. Kristin says: “I love helping, giving, and serving people. I am currently in college to become a nurse. My biggest dream is to be a missionary nurse all over the world in different countries. I live to serve. I live to love. I live to sing. I live to give and I live to run.”
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

I collected over 200 birthday cards that were made by some friends that are being distributed to homeless shelters throughout Georgia. It’s amazing what can happen when people come together! 


How did you achieve it?
  
By simply telling people what the cause was for. People were getting right to it. It’s so awesome seeing other people care as much as you do!
What motivates you to make the world a better place?

 Simply the fact that I can. I CAN make a difference if I put my mind and heart in it. It doesn’t matter what you do or how much you do it. As long as you try hard, you can achieve anything. Another thing is people. When I see people less fortunate than me, with a handicap, or sick, or elderly, it makes me want to strive even more to make a difference. There’s so much out there that needs to be done but I know I can simply start making a difference by saying hey to a stranger, helping someone out or even praying for someone. Those things that people don’t see you do can really make a difference.  
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
 To stay healthy and fit, I run and workout. I usually always eat healthy. My favorite food is salad so it’s kind of hard to eat anything else! 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
"Whatever you do, do for the audience of one." I’m not here on this earth to prove anything to anybody. I’m not here to show off or get someone’s approval. Whenever I do something, I’m constantly reminding myself that this is for an audience of one. I’m running for Jesus. 
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
 My favorite aspect of using Charity Miles is the fact that while you’re running, biking, or walking, you’re raising money for your organization right away. So not only are you doing something for yourself, but you’re making a difference right away! That’s amazing!

Who do you exercise for, and why?

 I exercise for the people that can’t. A couple years ago I volunteered at a place called Give Kids The World. It’s a place where kids and their family go when their children are close to dying. I will never forget seeing the kids in wheelchairs. They had the biggest smiles on their faces and they were unable to walk. When I run, I picture them. I picture them running beside me one day while we’re in heaven. I picture them crossing the finish line with me cheering me on saying,”You go Kristin!” They made a huge impact on me. Miracles DO happen. Maybe one day I’ll be running with them!


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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 Kristin Dignen, a 19 year-old worship leader and guitarist. Kristin says: “I love helping, giving, and serving people. I am currently in college to become a nurse. My biggest dream is to be a missionary nurse all over the world in different countries. I live to serve. I live to love. I live to sing. I live to give and I live to run.”

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

I collected over 200 birthday cards that were made by some friends that are being distributed to homeless shelters throughout Georgia. It’s amazing what can happen when people come together! 

How did you achieve it?

By simply telling people what the cause was for. People were getting right to it. It’s so awesome seeing other people care as much as you do!

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

 Simply the fact that I can. I CAN make a difference if I put my mind and heart in it. It doesn’t matter what you do or how much you do it. As long as you try hard, you can achieve anything. Another thing is people. When I see people less fortunate than me, with a handicap, or sick, or elderly, it makes me want to strive even more to make a difference. There’s so much out there that needs to be done but I know I can simply start making a difference by saying hey to a stranger, helping someone out or even praying for someone. Those things that people don’t see you do can really make a difference. 

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

 To stay healthy and fit, I run and workout. I usually always eat healthy. My favorite food is salad so it’s kind of hard to eat anything else!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

"Whatever you do, do for the audience of one." I’m not here on this earth to prove anything to anybody. I’m not here to show off or get someone’s approval. Whenever I do something, I’m constantly reminding myself that this is for an audience of one. I’m running for Jesus. 

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

My favorite aspect of using Charity Miles is the fact that while you’re running, biking, or walking, you’re raising money for your organization right away. So not only are you doing something for yourself, but you’re making a difference right away! That’s amazing!

Who do you exercise for, and why?

 I exercise for the people that can’t. A couple years ago I volunteered at a place called Give Kids The World. It’s a place where kids and their family go when their children are close to dying. I will never forget seeing the kids in wheelchairs. They had the biggest smiles on their faces and they were unable to walk. When I run, I picture them. I picture them running beside me one day while we’re in heaven. I picture them crossing the finish line with me cheering me on saying,”You go Kristin!” They made a huge impact on me. Miracles DO happen. Maybe one day I’ll be running with them!

Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Cassandra and Cassara Armstrong. In Cassandra’s words: “I’m simply a cancer mom wanting to help raise money to find a cure for cancer. I began this journey in June of 2010 when my daughter just turned seven years old and instead of getting a birthday present she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Ever since then we (our family) have been advocates for LLS and will continue to do so until we can wake up one morning and all over the news will read “A Cure For Cancer has been Found!”

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
We just did our ‘Light the Night Walk’ for LLS and my team personally raised over $2300.
How did you achieve it?We achieved it by having fundraisers throughout our hometown and just seeking out donations.
What motives you to make the world a better place?
My daughter Cassara motivates me. Without her being diagnosed with leukemia, I would have never known that kids get cancer too. Now we not only raise money on her behalf but also for the families we have met along the way. We have also created a sticker drive called “Cassara’s Stickin it to Cancer.” It’s where we collect packages of stickers and personally deliver them to other cancer patients at her hospital.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?My family and I try to make a point to get out and take walks when we get the chance and eat more fruit.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?Never ever give up.What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
The best part of Charity Miles is knowing with every step I take I’m raising money for LLS.
Who do you exercise for, and why?I mainly exercise for my kids. They need to know exercise is fun and not just a class at school. They don’t need to know they are actually exercising when they dance around the house listening to music. I also do it for myself. I want to live a long and healthy life watching both my girls grow old.
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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 Cassandra and Cassara Armstrong. In Cassandra’s words: “I’m simply a cancer mom wanting to help raise money to find a cure for cancer. I began this journey in June of 2010 when my daughter just turned seven years old and instead of getting a birthday present she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Ever since then we (our family) have been advocates for LLS and will continue to do so until we can wake up one morning and all over the news will read “A Cure For Cancer has been Found!”

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

We just did our ‘Light the Night Walk’ for LLS and my team personally raised over $2300.

How did you achieve it?

We achieved it by having fundraisers throughout our hometown and just seeking out donations.

What motives you to make the world a better place?

My daughter Cassara motivates me. Without her being diagnosed with leukemia, I would have never known that kids get cancer too. Now we not only raise money on her behalf but also for the families we have met along the way. We have also created a sticker drive called “Cassara’s Stickin it to Cancer.” It’s where we collect packages of stickers and personally deliver them to other cancer patients at her hospital.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

My family and I try to make a point to get out and take walks when we get the chance and eat more fruit.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Never ever give up.

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

The best part of Charity Miles is knowing with every step I take I’m raising money for LLS.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

I mainly exercise for my kids. They need to know exercise is fun and not just a class at school. They don’t need to know they are actually exercising when they dance around the house listening to music. I also do it for myself. I want to live a long and healthy life watching both my girls grow old.

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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 Tim Dick, who in 2006 was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Tim recently decided to gain control of his health by losing a significant amount of weight and improving his quality of life through various means including improved diet and beginning a rigorous exercise program. The transformation began in August 2012 and has resulted in his losing more than 140 pounds and progressing to training for running his first half marathon planned for January 2014.
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
The first time that I ran a 5K the entire way!
How did you achieve it?
Losing 140 pounds while training five days per week for an entire year.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
Gratitude for all God has blessed me with. 
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I’m at my local YMCA every day in a spinning class and I’m following a regular training regimen for running a 1/2 marathon. 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Do something nice for somebody without getting caught!
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
It is helpful tracking run time as well as the bonus of providing financial support to groups that serve the needs of some of my friends.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for me because MS is known as “the disease that stops people from moving.” I use charity to run for friends that are not able to do so and plan to do so until I can no longer do so. One is a “Wounded Warrior”, a few friends who have survived cancer and a few that have not.
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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 Tim Dick, who in 2006 was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Tim recently decided to gain control of his health by losing a significant amount of weight and improving his quality of life through various means including improved diet and beginning a rigorous exercise program. The transformation began in August 2012 and has resulted in his losing more than 140 pounds and progressing to training for running his first half marathon planned for January 2014.

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

The first time that I ran a 5K the entire way!

How did you achieve it?

Losing 140 pounds while training five days per week for an entire year.

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

Gratitude for all God has blessed me with. 

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

I’m at my local YMCA every day in a spinning class and I’m following a regular training regimen for running a 1/2 marathon. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Do something nice for somebody without getting caught!

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

It is helpful tracking run time as well as the bonus of providing financial support to groups that serve the needs of some of my friends.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

I exercise for me because MS is known as “the disease that stops people from moving.” I use charity to run for friends that are not able to do so and plan to do so until I can no longer do so. One is a “Wounded Warrior”, a few friends who have survived cancer and a few that have not.

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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 Anthony Rodriguez, a music entrepreneur and motivational speaker with a passion for helping those with autism. 
What is your greatest achievement as of late?
My most recent achievement is my first book, “The Musician” being a best-seller on Amazon. Most books have to struggle to get on top, and thankfully my book went through all the hundreds of titles—and made it to the top! For any author this is a very important achievement. How did you achieve it?
Being an independent author, music entrepreneur is a bit rough. I used the word-of-mouth tactic to reach out to firstly, my family, friends, and friends of friends. I utilized the all social platforms to promote. I even reached out all my contacts in my phone—very exhausting. My goal was to give my book a blast-hit on its release date. And it worked!What motivates you to make the world a better place?
Being around as many positive people as possible. I always had passion to bless people around me, and seeing role models I look up to helping the less fortunate. Whatever avenue I can get on to help make the world a better place, I’m on it—especially if I can use my talent to make it happen.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I am a very simple guy. I run a total of 3 miles a week with some push-ups after my run. With my 5 month baby girl and work schedule, my running happens often at night.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 
To never give up! This advice coming from high profile role models that started from the ground and today are successful in all areas.What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
The convenience of seeing the miles you run, the dollars and cents being added, and time. Pretty much everything in the Charity Miles app is perfect! That’s why I’ve chosen to endorse Charity Miles and promote it to my network. I know many that have given to organizations, and today they can exercise for a cause—giving them the option to choose whatever charity they want. My primary charity is Autism Speaks.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
 I run for Autism Speaks. My brother was diagnosed with autism at a very young age and I see the struggles he’s having out on the real world. He’s the reason I have such passion for Autism Speaks. Running for Autism Speaks is only the beginning of what I am going to do—more to come!
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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 Anthony Rodriguez, a music entrepreneur and motivational speaker with a passion for helping those with autism. 

What is your greatest achievement as of late?

My most recent achievement is my first book, “The Musician” being a best-seller on Amazon. Most books have to struggle to get on top, and thankfully my book went through all the hundreds of titles—and made it to the top! For any author this is a very important achievement.

How did you achieve it?

Being an independent author, music entrepreneur is a bit rough. I used the word-of-mouth tactic to reach out to firstly, my family, friends, and friends of friends. I utilized the all social platforms to promote. I even reached out all my contacts in my phone—very exhausting. My goal was to give my book a blast-hit on its release date. And it worked!

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

Being around as many positive people as possible. I always had passion to bless people around me, and seeing role models I look up to helping the less fortunate. Whatever avenue I can get on to help make the world a better place, I’m on it—especially if I can use my talent to make it happen.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

I am a very simple guy. I run a total of 3 miles a week with some push-ups after my run. With my 5 month baby girl and work schedule, my running happens often at night.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

To never give up! This advice coming from high profile role models that started from the ground and today are successful in all areas.

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

The convenience of seeing the miles you run, the dollars and cents being added, and time. Pretty much everything in the Charity Miles app is perfect! That’s why I’ve chosen to endorse Charity Miles and promote it to my network. I know many that have given to organizations, and today they can exercise for a cause—giving them the option to choose whatever charity they want. My primary charity is Autism Speaks.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

 I run for Autism Speaks. My brother was diagnosed with autism at a very young age and I see the struggles he’s having out on the real world. He’s the reason I have such passion for Autism Speaks. Running for Autism Speaks is only the beginning of what I am going to do—more to come!

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