Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Chris Fenton, a Team in Training activist (and employee) who dedicates every day to helping find a cure for blood cancer.
Here’s what he had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
Making a significant career transition into the non-profit world. I have a fantastic job with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society leading their Team in Training Program nationally. I had been a volunteer for the LLS for over 11 years before joining the organization and now just feel blessed to have the opportunity to lead a fundraising campaign with such passionate volunteers and a deep, successful legacy.
How did you achieve it?
Although it meant leaving a profession/industry of 26 years, the willingness to follow my heart and join an organization that has allowed me for so many years to make a difference in people’s lives.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
I derive my motivation from many close relatives and friends who have received the tragic diagnosis of a blood cancer. I know firsthand as a father what devastation these diagnoses can bring in a family’s life and I want to do all I can to drive towards better outcomes for these people.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
Run, yoga, spin, and some bike riding. I also work to watch what I eat and try to get plenty of rest.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
The opportunity to support the Mission of the LLS through routine exercise and to use it as a discussion piece to advance our Mission.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
Firstly, for myself. It is important to bring balance into my life, especially since most jobs I have had have required significant travel. Secondly, to set an example for my children so they see the importance of physical activity and taking care of oneself.