New Runner Turns Health Goal Into Helping Others

When Jason Bass turned 40 years old, he knew something had to change. He felt unhealthy and wanted to lose weight. He was having a mid-life crisis of sorts and he decided running was the answer.

“I know it sounds silly, but it’s true. I always talked about losing weight, getting healthy, and running marathons but that was just it. I talked about it, dreamed about it, but never had the courage to start until last December.”

A principal at an Indiana high school, Bass soon decided he wanted to pair his journey to health with helping others–specifically children.

“A few years ago, I had a student who was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  I’ll always remember the smile on her face and the excitement in her voice as she talked about her wish.  Furthermore, I wanted to work with an organization where the benefits (donations) could be felt immediately.  It is my hope that upon returning from the Goofy Challenge the donations given towards ‘Running 4 Wishes’ will be used to grant an extra magical wish for a child with a life threatening medical condition.”

Around $6,000 to $7,500 will grant a wish for a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

“I want to do something that motivates me each and every day; something that will inspire others to do more even when they think they can’t; but most importantly, I wanted to do something that will directly benefit children,” Bass wrote on his blog, Running 4 Wishes, on February 13, 2011.

In four days from today, Bass will make his way to Disney to run in the “Goofy Challenge” marathon where he will be running both a mini-marathon and a full marathon in the same weekend. He is still around $3,000 short of his goal. He paid for the trip to Disney with his own money so that all donations received can go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When asked if he planned to continue running after the “Goofy Challenge” Bass replied, “That’s the plan after a few weeks off to rest and recover. I hope to run the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon in May 2012 and another full marathon in the fall of 2012. I also plan on trying to qualify for the New York City Marathon.”

How Can You Help Jason Meet His Goal?

Visit Jason’s “Running 4 Wishes” donation page and easily and securely donate online. But hurry! You only have until January 9, 2012! You can help change a sick child’s life!





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I generally reserve the “GiveBackIn” section for nonprofit businesses or organizations that are doing really great things to help others. On occasion, though, an individual comes along with a cool idea that I think is worth sharing. Betsy Moats from the blog “Everyday Warrior” is one of those people.

Betsy generally does a “Saturday Soundoff” where she invites guests to blog about things that bugged them from the previous week. (Great idea, I know!) However, she has given up her Saturday Soundoff for a very important cause–the Wounded Warrior Project. Betsy has created “Soldier Story Saturday” to help share stories from military men and women, support our troops and raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.

So, how can you help? It’s simple:

1. Visit Betsy’s blog each Saturday to read and comment on a new soldier’s story.

2. Get the word out! Tweet, Facebook, email and Stumble this post!

3. Help her find military men and women and families to spotlight! If you are, or know of, someone who has a story that needs to be shared, contact Betsy.

4. Donate to the cause. No matter your beliefs, these men and women have put their lives on the line for us so that we may enjoy U.S. freedoms. They deserve all the help we can get.

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