As it's Friday, let's take a bit of a break from the string of technology and corporate progress, and recognize a philanthropic effort from within our own ranks. On April 18, Global Crossing's John Legere plans to make his seventh run in the Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team, which raises money to help fight humanity's long running battle with cancer. Proceeds go to the Claudia Adams Barr program in innovative basic cancer research.
Few amongst us have not had someone close to us touched by cancer, in fact for me that state of affairs couldn't be more current. In Legere's case, seven years ago when a young member of his extended family was diagnosed and treated at Dana Farber, he set a personal goal of raising $1M. Cancer has since struck back, as his mother was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2007.
“When you can link one of your passions, such as running, with your ability to raise money for a worthwhile cause, it’s a no-brainer,” Legere said. “Like so many others, my family has been touched by cancer. Rather than feel helpless I’m happy that I can use the gifts I’ve been given to help Dana-Farber in its goal of a world without cancer. That is a fight I want to be a part of!”
At the first six marathons he has run, he helped raise $850,000 of that goal. With $150,000 to go, he hopes to make it this year. As goals go this one's, err, legs. Actually, so does John Legere, check out that pic...
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