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.
Founded in 2014, PLEDGE IT is an online fundraising platform that empowers teams, athletes, and individuals to raise money based on their performance during a game, event, or challenge. Family, friends, and fans can pledge any dollar amount for every touchdown, run or lost pound recorded to benefit their favorite cause.
After putting on weight throughout his career, Shaun decided it was time to loss weight and get his health back on track. His doctor recommended that he try to lose 30 lbs. in three months. Shaun needed to lose weight but nothing in the past actually worked. Shaun decided to turn to something that was greater than his weight loss journey - helping those with cystic fibrosis. Shaun launched his PLEDGE IT Weight Loss Challenge for Charity as a way to help those with cystic fibrosis as well as keep him motivated throughout the journey.
"My weight loss challenge helped me pick myself up along the way when it became difficult. My challenge also gave me the additional motiviation and support to keep going. I didn't know if I would reach my goal, but I did know that I'd be able to look back at the end of this experience and know my friends and family were there with me." - Shaun W.
Shaun lost a total of 27.3 lbs during his 3-month weight loss journey. With the help of more than 36 friends, he raised $9,724 for the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The average donation to Shaun's campaign was $270. The total amount of donations pledged per lost pound was $356.19
Since 2014, PLEDGE IT has helped professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, and Olympics support their favorite charities, as well as countless colleges, high schools and youth teams.
PLEDGE IT has also worked with large charities such as The American Cancer Society, UNICEF, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia and the Ronald McDonald House and has been featured on ESPN, USA TODAY, Fox Sports, MSNBC, Sports Illustrated and Ellen DeGeneres Show.