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The Extra Mile
Member, from Denver
Looking for donations of miles at www.mileage.org/thextramile Jul 31, 2013
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AboutWe collect frequent flyer miles from people who don’t need them and provide them to people who desperately do, to visit terminally ill loved ones with cancer.
My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in November 2011. I had just moved to Los Angeles with my wife, and not knowing how long he had left, began scheduling flights back to see him in Michigan. At least once a month I would fly back, rent a car, and spend 3-4 days reminiscing about good times with my dad, and creating some new memories to treasure.
During this extremely stressful span, I spent a lot of time on airplanes, and when I wasn’t focused on the idea of losing him, I thought about people in similar situations who couldn’t afford to do what I was doing. I couldn’t imagine not being able to see him that one last time before he was gone.
So one Sunday, sitting my yard I posted the idea on my FB page. Within minutes there were 70 something likes, and 30 some comments that became the early stages of ideation for this organization. It was at that moment that I decided it was happening. A few months after beginning The Extra Mile, my dad passed away, but not before seeing the early iterations of the organization. I’m creating this in his honor, to help others, because that’s what he would do.