Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Jeremy Holland, a dream chase and Nashville native who left home for the sand and sea.
Here’s what he had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
I believe my greatest accomplishment, for several reasons, has been the creation of Team Pulli. Not only have I started a basis to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation while training for the ING NYC Marathon, but I’ve also seen others inspired by my hard work, dedication, and training. Joining me on Team Pulli are two people who will be running their very first marathon as well as two others who have completed marathons before. Knowing that I inspired others to train and work towards this huge goal (while raising money for Parkinson’s research!) is the greatest accomplishment of my adult life. (Please take a moment and check out TeamPulli.com to read our amazing story.)
How did you achieve it?
It all started with a simple gesture. As a bartender on Clearwater Beach, I dedicated 100 percent of my tips every Tuesday to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for six months. During my six months of marathon training, I find myself looking forward to Tuesdays. This simple act of kindness has spread into other events being created as we fundraise and train leading up to the big race through all five boroughs of New York City in November.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
For every single person in the world that’s just looking for that one ray of sunshine, or that one smile, there has to be someone out there who’s willing to deliver it. If, through this experience, I only change the life of one person, it’s all been worth it.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I run four days a week, while mixing in a dose of core/ab workouts two to three times a week.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it. Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it." – Willy Wonka
They are some of the most popular lyrics in the history of film, but they’ve always stuck out to me as more than just words.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
When I first heard of Charity Miles, I was awe-struck! I think it’s the most fantastic idea, and it’s so easy to use! For anyone who feels like they can’t afford to make a difference in the world, Charity Miles strikes down that excuse!
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for Frank Pulli. As he has fought Parkinson’s disease for the past decade, I carry with me his strength. I exercise for my team members, as we hold each other accountable. I exercise to try and keep up with my parents, who have each completed several marathons and half marathons of their own! I run for every single victim of the Boston Marathon tragedy. While they may not be able to, I can at least carry their spirit with me through the streets of New York City on Nov. 3.