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Neighbors Organize 5K for Child In Need of A Transplant | Charity Miles

Charity Miles Aneya Fernando is the Social Media Editor for Charity Miles. Posted: 10/24/2013 5:29 pm

We at Charity Miles have been regaling the Huffington Post community with tales of courage, compassion and strength from our users. Here’s our latest do-gooder:

Emma Yasinski is a 24-year-old laboratory supply sales representative/neuroscience blogger/swim teacher/triathlete and 5k organizer. She tries to bring a passion for science, fitness, childish fun, and communication to everything she does.

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

My boyfriend and I are in the process of organizing the All for Alexander Halloween 5K to take place in New Jersey on October 27. We’ve never planned a race before, but we wanted to find a way to help my neighbors fund an intestinal transplant for their 5-year-old and we couldn’t have thought of a better way to bring the community together to help!

How did you achieve it?

We achieved it by asking questions. I showed up at the local park’s office and asked them what they needed from me. Since then, we’ve just asked for sponsorship from local businesses we frequent. A lot of trial and error was involved in learning how to discuss and advertise the race.

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

Alexander. After having to spend 52 days in the hospital, he came home and all he wanted to do was play outside. He didn’t say a word about being stuck in bed most of the summer. I think we could all take a lesson from him about how to move past the negative aspects of our lives and focus on the good.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

I sign up for races- without them I wouldn’t stay motivated. My race of choice is a triathlon. I have done several sprint length ones, and this summer just completed my first Olympic length!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Decide to be in a good mood, then be in a good mood.”

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

I know exercising is great for my fitness and happiness, but it’s amazing that I can help others at the same time. Plus, the app helps connect a whole national community of runners. It makes me feel like part of a team, even if I train alone.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

I exercise for myself, and everyone around me who’d have to deal with me in a bad mood if I weren’t so high on endorphins all the time!

To hear more stories from the Charity Miles community read our Spotlight On series.

Aneya Fernando is the Social Media Editor for Charity Miles. She is also a writer and producer.

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