Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Lucas Piazza, a NY native and brand strategist who loves urban exploring and continuously learning. 

Here’s what he had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
On a recent trip to Italy, I was reminded how truly fortunate I am to live in New York City. I would watch the eyes of numerous Italians light up as I introduced myself as a New Yorker. Some people only dream of traveling to this city and I have the privilege of calling these neighborhoods my home — and for making it here from a small, rural town, I am incredibly proud.   

How did you achieve it?
While I don’t believe in luck, I do think it was a combination of good fortune and preparedness that landed me in NYC. I committed my college years to becoming the best person I could become, worked hard to surround myself with thoughtful, intelligent people, and sought out experiences that would train me at my craft. All of these things prepared me for a career and life in NY, and now it is time for me to pay it forward and extend my hand of support to the next generation who have their sites set on this concrete jungle.

What motivates you to make the world a better place?
I understand how interconnected the world is and that every individual action made today has rippling effects tomorrow and beyond. It is this thought that motivates me to make the greatest possible impact so that future generations can enjoy life as much as I do. Additionally, I am motivated to positively impact the minds of those in the latter group; those that live in the present without understand the devastating effects of their actions. When everyone’s actions align with their values, the world will be united by peace.  

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
Just as the finest sports car needs to be well maintained, waxed, and cared for, your body is a machine and needs similar attention. After graduating from college in 2012 (where I didn’t always treat my body with the care it deserved), I came to the stark realization that this is the only body I will have for my whole life so I must care for it everyday. I try to eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, steer clear of simple carbohydrates, and drink plenty of water. While I may not have time for a formal workout everyday, I make sure my mind and body are always active. Your whole body is a muscle after all, so if you don’t continuously flex it you’ll lose that strength and agility.  

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
There is always room for improvement.

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
I enjoy the freedom of choice Charity Miles empowers its users with, and I see the benefits as twofold. First, I often have a hard time deciding where to align my philanthropic goals, as so many efforts are worthy of time and energy. So, I enjoy the ability to walk for the Nature Conservancy one day and Pencils of Promise the next. Secondly, by offering such an open platform, Charity Miles attracts a broad audience and consequentially a diverse community. I love that Charity Miles isn’t for one type of person; fathers walk for their sick children, activists run to save the environment, and educators bike to perpetuate their craft. There are many problems in the world and Charity Miles recognizes that it will take a committed group of diverse individuals to find solutions.

Who do you exercise for, and why?
Whenever I’m on the final stretch of a run and I want to quit, I think of those less able-bodied individuals who cannot know the joy of your earth moving beneath your feet as your shoes pound on the pavement… and I can’t feel anything but gratitude. I exercise for all of those people.

I also exercise and use Charity Miles so that my future kids’ lives can be as bright as mine has been.

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