What happens when a community rallies together to help a stranger? This summer I witnessed something that totally blew my mind and warmed my heart.
Last May Brad Feld decided he was going to raise money on GiveForward for someone he didn’t know, a 17-year-old named Justin who was battling stage 4 testicular cancer. I asked the Startups and Burritos community to support Brad’s efforts by sending Justin virtual hugs to his GiveForward page. The outpouring of support was nothing short of amazing. You all sent hundreds of virtual hugs and gave Justin a critical boost during the most difficult of times. If you have 4 minutes, stop what you’re doing and watch this video that shows how you all helped change a life. It gives me goosebumps every time I watch it.
Now, Brad’s at it again. He’s running the Detroit Marathon on October 21st and has chosen another person on GiveForward to help. His name is Jedi Max. Max is eight-years-old and LOVES Star Wars. When he grows up, he wants to be a pizza chef. (yeah, I know, Jedi-Pizza Chef = most awesome job EVER!).
Max also happens to have a very aggressive form of brain cancer called Glioblastoma Multiforming. But Max is the toughest Jedi fighter/pizza chef in the galaxy so he’s obviously going to beat this. That said, even the strongest Jedi-pizza chefs can use some extra help. If you feel like doing something awesome today, I encourage you to go to his GiveForward page and leave him a HUG to let him know he’s going to kick cancer’s butt.
May the Force be with Max!