Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Kyle Bingham, whose work for charity serves as an inspiration for us all.
Here’s what he had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
As a part of my project, The Everest Endeavor, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with Sean Swarner and the CancerClimber Association. During the trip I became good friends with one of our guides Filbert. He is a long time friend of Sean’s and an all around amazing guy. After returning home to the U.S. I stayed in touch with Filbert and learned more about his life. In Tanzania, where Mt. Kilimanjaro is the average income per year is around $475. Filbert is working on going to college but living in an area where they can make only a few dollars a day makes it really hard. So I put together a fundraiser for him state side and was just sent him a little over $1,000. It’s not much over here, but if you can put yourself in his shoes, it’s like someone just gave you about $100,000!
How did you achieve it?
Gathering money for Filbert wasn’t easy but at the same time, wasn’t that hard. I started a website for him and simply told his story. One about who his is, what challenges he faces, and what he needs. Everyone has a little piece in them that wants to help others. Hearing a real story about a real person and understanding how little it can take to change their lives helps that little piece come to the surface.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
I truly feel like we are here for more. For more than nice jobs and new things, but instead to enjoy life and to help others do the same. I climb mountains to help shine light on those who need to be seen and help tell stories of inspirations that others can learn from. I’m motivated by people and what we are capable of. I want others to see what I do and then go out and prove to themselves that they are capable of great things as well.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
They say your body is your temple, and it is true that your body is really all you’ve got. I try my best to think about how I treat mine and what I put in it. I eat smart (most of the time) and work out regularly. I try not to be too strict but, at the same time I really hold myself accountable. You need to have fun and cut loose, but you have to be willing to work as hard as you play.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The 5 P’s: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Just taking a second to think and plan ahead can go a long way.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
It’s EASY. I love the fact that I can just pick who I want to help, hit start, and hit the road. It makes working out and training so much better because I know right then, every step I take, I’m helping.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I have two good friends who have both had non-Hodgkin lymphoma so often I run and participate in events for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Knowing their stories really makes me think about others with cancer and what we can do for them now, and in the future.