If there’s such a thing as the coolest job in the world, Michael has it. He comes up with creative solutions to raise money for global poverty, turns them into possibilities, and runs incredible races all over the world to support clean water projects in Africa.
Three years ago, Michael started running and fundraising for children and communities in Africa. During that journey, his heart was wrecked by the global poverty he experienced, and felt called to do more. Working at a fancy ad agency at the time, this 28-year-old Illinois native quit his job to work for World Vision - a global humanitarian organization.
It is here that he spends his time leading marketing and communications for Team World Vision, a program that invites people to run, bike, and swim endurance races to raise funds for clean water projects in Africa.
When Michael isn’t in the Chicago office or off running a race to raise money for World Vision, he’s in Africa, visiting developmental work, watching giraffes on safari, and hanging out with his sponsored children, Brian and Ian.
MICHAEL's #whatsyourGold POsts
I'm beyond pumped to be part of #WhatsYourGold with @weareeaton - a social media challenge where you can share your story & win a trip to the Olympic Games. My gold is to run 56 miles in South Africa to get 56 kids sponsored. After complications from a routine surgery last year, I was stripped of my superpowers. In the hospital, it took me 10 hours to walk 1 mile. Being sick made me think a lot about under-nourished children in poverty who deserve healthy lives. I’m back to running and determined to bring hope and life to children in need. When it gets hard, those kids will keep me motivated. http://www.weareeaton.com/whatsyourgold
STRUGGLE | Scarcity of time. It's a punisher. Training for a 56 mile ultra-marathon is hard, but trying to log miles during the (cold) odd hours has been brutal. I feel behind in my training and in getting kids sponsorsored. It's time to dig deep and get it done. Time to make some big shameless asks for kids in need. The clock is ticking. #WhatsYourGold? #TeamWorldVision #endeavoralways @weareeaton
BREAKTHROUGH | the body is officially wrecked. Today I completed my 6th marathon in just over a month. And now, it's finally it's time to recover until the 56-mile Comrades Ultramarathon in South Africa. Hallelujah 🙌🏼 Thankful for pals like Rusty who push me. Thankful for the people who have sponsored kids in this pursuit. Hit me up to sponsor a child and change a life for a little boy or girl. #WhatsYourGold #teamworldvision @weareeaton