Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Danielle Martino, a native New Yorker and PETA advocate. She says: “I strongly support women’s equality and young girl’s education in countries all over. I also hope to pursue a career in anthropology.”

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

My latest accomplishment is currently overcoming late stage Lyme Disease. The undiagnosed progression this little tick made in my body made it extremely difficult to treat. After seeing about twenty doctors, running a number of tests, and experimenting with a myriad of medications, I was able to find a protocol to help terminate this two year battle. Since I was too ill to attend school, I was placed on home instruction for my junior and senior years of high school. Despite everything, I graduated with honors alongside my class.

How did you achieve it?

It’s difficult to summarize. The bulk of my success thus far has been pure determination and managing a positive outlook to the best of my ability. There was never another option except to fight through whatever was thrown in my path. I also owe everything to my doctor and his commitment.

What motives you to make the world a better place?

I believe we can all learn from each other. Everyone undergoes unique experiences that shape who they are. My desire for leadership in making the world a better place is inspired by other people and the things they achieve- big or small. We should leave this world in better condition than how we entered it.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

To stay physically healthy I go running on the beach a couple times a week. I enjoy hiking and spinning classes as well. Eating healthy is just as important as being active. I’m a vegetarian, am currently on a gluten free diet and always make sure to read the nutrition facts on anything I put in my body.

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

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things.”

What is your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

After not being able to work out or run for a couple years, Charity Miles gives me the encouragement to be more active on days when I need an extra push. If I don’t use Charity Miles I feel as if I’m being selfish because I have the ability to be active now, not everyone is that fortunate. I am able to turn something I already do into something that can help people across the globe.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

I exercise for my well being. Physical fitness is imperative in maintaining a healthy body, but I also think it’s intellectually and mentally beneficial. I finish my workout with an overall accomplished, happy feeling when I am able to improve myself while aiding a charity.

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