As a child, I was unable to grasp the long-term impact of growing up on my grandparents farm in the summer or the fishing trips I took with my father. Looking back, I can see my early childhood set the stage for a lifetime of adventure and exploration. In my adulthood, I have spent time in Lake Tahoe, Breckenridge, Aspen, Vail, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite. Today I reside in Columbus, Ohio, where I’m thankful for the many opportunities available through simply getting out and finding them.
To me, choosing to Give’r is about helping others and sharing. Every year I participate in a fundraising bicycle race called Pelotonia (Pelotonia.org), which helps fund cancer research here in Columbus at the James Cancer Hospital. I am humbled every year by the countless riders and volunteers that join together with the goal of ending cancer. When riding last year I saw a man with a sign that read "Thank you. You helped save my wife's life!"…that is why I do what I do. To date, we have raised sixty-one million dollars, with 100% of every dollar going to the hospital.
Most important to me, is being able to share the Give'r philosophy with my two children Zoe and Beckett. Families need to know what it means to give back to others…and to appreciate the Give’r that lives within us all. If I can teach my children to have a life full of passion, purpose and enjoy the wonders of life, then I will have succeeded.