Thursday, July 7, 2011

Networking for Life–Literally!

So often we think that networking is about generating leads, interest or revenue.  I would contend that the most valuable networking goes way beyond the day to day and gets individuals making a contribution in life.

This Spring, I was fortunate enough to participate on a relay team that raised money for the Beyond Batten Foundation.  I’d encourage you to go to the website and learn about this terminal disease that affects so many children.

My good friends, Craig and Charlotte Benson, have a beautiful young daughter, Christiane, who has battens disease.  They took a page out of Networking for Life and got busy building a successful foundation to eradicate this disease from the planet. 

A little over a year ago they had a good friend share a vision for how a 95 mile relay from downtown Austin, through the hill country (and overnight!), could raise money to support some recent breakthroughs they were having regarding testing for the disease.  Faith is a funny thing.  Defined as “things hoped for not yet seen” they stepped out and started planning this event.

Run to the Sun was born with high expectations.

Nobody would have believed that a first time fund raiser, for a foundation in its infancy, to support a disease most have never heard of would be such a smashing success:

  • 95 Miles Overnight
  • 25 Teams
  • 250 Participants
  • $225,000 Raised

A while back, I wrote about finding a “leaking ship” and contributing to something bigger than you.  This foundation and this event are worthy of your time. 

You’ll never be the same!  Click Here to see the video!

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