Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Ethan Crosby, a teacher who is about 2/3 of the way through his running streak to raise $1000 for cancer.
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
Getting this streak past the $800 mark was pretty sweet, and I’m looking forward to making it to $1000. My part in it has really been very easy. I just take the dog for a run, and that’s something I’d be doing anyway. It’s my friends and family that have really made this streak a success.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
A sizable fraction of the sadness in my life I can lay at the feet of cancer, and I believe that cancer is something that humans should be able to beat. I’m just a teacher, so I can’t sequence DNA and I can’t synthesize new compounds to stop tumors from growing; given funding, there are others who can. I don’t have a lot of money of my own, so I can’t build labs and fund research fellowships; I do have a little that I can give, and I can use the tools at my disposal to help others give a little too.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
Obviously, I run every day. I try to eat as much healthy stuff as I can to combat all the crap I eat. I’ve also added yoga a few times a week.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Someone on a forum once said, “running sucks until it doesn’t, and a lot of people never get to the doesn’t.” I found this to be true as an emerging runner, and I still find it true during those first 10 minutes of every morning. I also apply it to other things that are challenging and time-consuming; I just have to get to the doesn’t.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
Exercise is essentially a selfish action. We exercise so that we can look better or get healthier, so that we can get more time with loved ones or just more time.Some exercise to prove something, for a sense of accomplishment, or just because it feels good. All of those reasons apply to me. Charity Miles takes this selfish act and turns it into an act of giving. It inspires me to go longer and further. The money I’ve raised through Charity Miles is not the bulk of the money I’ve raised on this streak, but I wouldn’t have had the idea if not for Charity Miles.