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Friends' 500-Mile Hiking Fundraiser Benefits Venezuelan Refugees

August 1, 2019case study

Friends Bethani King and Jessica Stotz wanted to raise funds and awareness for Venezuelan refugees. With their dollar-per-mile-hiked fundraiser, they have raised over $2,000 benefitting On the Ground International, a non-profit dedicated to helping Venezuelan refugees.

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This Priest's Weight Loss Fundraiser Helps Recovering Addicts Heal

July 17, 2019case study

Father Tom, President of the St. Edmund’s Retreat, has raised over $35,000 with his weight loss fundraiser. By having supporters donate per pound lost, he keeps himself motivated and accountable to stay healthy, and help young men recover from substance abuses at St. Edmund’s.

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Building Bridges: Lifetime Friends’ Hiking Fundraiser Across Pacific Crest Trail Benefits Impoverished Nations

July 11, 2019case study

Longtime friends Sam Salmirs and Ben Silverstein are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. By inviting friends, family and supporters to donate per mile, they have made created a purpose greater than taking a break from everyday life. The hiking fundraiser has now raised over $5,500 to benefit impoverished nations.

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North Bay Aquatics Raises over 32K with 2019 Tunathon Fundraising Initiative

June 25, 2019case study

The North Bay Aquatics Swim team decided to leave Team Unify, pass up GoFundMe, and move their fundraising to Pledge It in order to better engage swimmers and donors. Their swimmers raised a team-record of $32,550 to keep its program thriving.

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Halfs for Hope: Runner Uses Half-Marathon Fundraiser to Benefit Cancer Research

June 14, 2019case study

Faced with personal heartache from the loss of her aunt, Stephanie Berry turned adversity into triumph. By performing her running fundraiser Halfs for Hope, Berry has earned nearly $7,000 for the Foundation for Women's Cancer in her aunt's memory.

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Global Running Day 2019: A Highlight of Four of our Top Runners

June 4, 2019case study

To celebrate Global Running Day the Pledge It team highlights four of our athletes who used running to raise money toward the causes that matter most to them.

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Wheelchair Basketball Star Raises Funds for Reeve Foundation

May 7, 2019case study

Jimmy Moceri was a high school basketball star fielding offers from universities across the country. Then a car accident changed everything.

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Human Rights Activist Turns to Marathon to Support Children and Families in Gaza

April 26, 2019case study

Jen Marlowe has made an annual trip to Gaza for years. In these trips she's forged bonds with several families. This year, her visit happened to be during the Palestine Marathon, delivering an opportunity for Marlowe to make a difference in those families' lives.

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Pedaling for Parkinson's: Son Bikes for Funds in Father's Honor

April 16, 2019case study

When Aaron Staenberg's father Rick was diagnosed with Parkinsonism in 2011, their lifetime spent riding bikes together soon changed. Aaron found a way to bike for him, and benefit those struggling with Parkinson's disease.

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The Ninja for Dogs: American Ninja Warrior Uses TV Events to Support Rescue Foundation

April 9, 2019case study

American Ninja Warrior Roo Yori created a foundation in his beloved pit bull's memory. Now he's using his platform on the popular TV show to raise money for Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation— and awareness for dog rescues everywhere.

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High School Seniors Honor Fallen Captain

April 2, 2019case study

As Juniors at St. Paul's School in Louisiana, Michael Phillippe and Hyde Healey used their passion for lacrosse to raise funds in former team captain Graham Jordan's memory. Now they are back for the second year of "Goals for Graham."

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Lymphoma Survivor Kayaks 300 Miles; Raises Thousands for St. Jude

March 26, 2019case study

Retired Military Aviator Dan Cahalane and cancer survivor—four years cancer free from Stage IV Lymphoma — shares tips and strategies that he used to raise over $8,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Eric DeVos Runs his Way to $5,000 to Benefit His Parents' Illnesses

March 15, 2019case study

Former college wrestler Eric Devos took on the challenge of running a marathon to raise over $5,000, split between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the ALS Association's Iowa Chapter.

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NFL Prospects Use Combine and Pro Days to Support Causes

February 25, 2019case study

Throughout the end of February and early March, select College Football players will be selected to perform in the NFL Combine and school Pro Days.

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Hoops2O: Malcolm Brogdon and NBA Players Ballin' for Buckets

December 12, 2018case study

5 NBA Players Team up to Raise over $27,560 for the Waterboys Initiative.

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Youth lacrosse player wins faceoffs to defeat cancer

August 16, 2018case study

Tyler Collins FaceOff Against Cancer Challenge was a season long fundraiser where he invited family and friends to pledge a donation per faceoff win. Tyler ended up raising more than $3,000 to help those battling cancer through his fundraiser. Our team conducted an interview with Tyler (and Mike Collins, Tyler's dad) to learn more about his fundraising efforts, and why he decided to earn donations for the HEADstrong Foundation.

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Cycling enthusiast rides for best friend with Muscular Dystrophy

April 28, 2017case study

Kevin Barton was diagnosed shortly after birth with a form of Muscular Dystrophy called, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It is a genetic disease that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord and causes progressive weakness of the muscles. When his friend, Ryan, learned that Kevin was struggling to cover health care expenses, he decided to earn donations for Kevin by doing when of his favorite activities - riding his bike!

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Brain Cancer Survivor Completes World Marathon Challenge

March 24, 2017case study

The World Marathon Challenge is an amazing logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days. A challenge that can be found on the 7 Ultimate Achievements in Endurance Running List and the one that only 560+ people have accomplished in the world. BethAnn Telford was the first runner living with brain cancer to attempt and complete the World Marathon Challenge!

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University of California Basketball Helps Fight Cancer with Rebounds for Rama

February 26, 2017case study

Rama N’diaye, a native of Dakar, Senegal, crossed the globe to join the University of California in the Fall of 2006. She embarked on a five-year career for the Golden Bears. After her college career, she went on to play professional basketball for three seasons in Iran, Spain, and Turkey. Unfortunately, in July, 2016 she was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer at the young age of 29. When news reached the current 2016-17 University of California Women's Basketball team, the staff and players decided to do something epic to help Rama!

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High School Pole Vaulter Uses Track & Field Season to Support Favorite Charity

July 1, 2016case study

As a high school pole vaulter and honor student, Cori understood the value of reading and the importance of getting children excited about reading at an early age. Using the power of sport for social good, Cori launched her first annual Pole Vault for Promising Pages campaign to raise donations for Promising pages, which uses donated books to turn ordinary children into enthusiastic bookworms.

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Lebanon Valley Soccer Club Scores Goals for the Good of Soccer

June 27, 2016case study

The Lebanon Valley Soccer Club provides quality soccer programs for over 400 boys and girls from Campbelltown, Palmyra, and the surrounding communities of the Lebanon Valley. From April 23-24th, Lebanon Valley Soccer Club teams participated in the 1st Annual "Goals for the Good of Soccer" Challenge to benefit Lebanon Valley Soccer Club. Thirteen teams competed against each other to see who could raise the most money and score the most goals.

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Men's College Baseball Teams Swing Big to Fight Pediatric Cancer

April 2, 2016case study

Using the power of sport for social good, Dickinson and Swarthmore College Baseball teams launched the Hits Vs. Cancer Challenge and raised more than $5,600 for the Vs. Cancer Foundation powered by PLEDGE IT.

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Shaun's Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

April 1, 2016case study

In February, Shaun began his weight loss journey. To help keep him motivated and accountable, he launched the Weight Loss Challenge for Charity campaign powered by PLEDGE IT and raised more than $9,700 for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which works to heighten education and awareness of cystic fibrosis and to provide a better quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis.

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Bismack Biyombo Rebounds for the Eastern Congo Initiative

March 30, 2016case study

Bismack Biyombo, the Toronto Raptors’ centre, has always believed in the bigger picture and using his spotlight as a professional athlete to give back to others, especially his native Congo. Using the power of sports for social goal, Bismack launched the "Bounds for Eastern Congo" campaign during the Raptors home game vs. the Atlanta Hawks on March 30, 2016. Powered by PLEDGE IT, his campaign raised more than $12,800 for the Eastern Congo Initiative.

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Draft Prospects Raise Money for Charity at NFL Combine

February 23, 2016case study

Eight football players from seven different universities used the platform of the 2016 NFL Combine to help others. Powered by PLEDGE IT, these extraordinary athletes supported charitable causes in the rare disease community and wounded veterans, and raised more than $20,000.

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