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Gene Gurkoff
Gene Gurkoff is the founder of Charity Miles. He has personally run more than 35 marathons to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s research in honor of his grandfather who has the disease.

Entries by Gene Gurkoff


(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 1:11 PM

Today is The United Nations Foundation's International Day of Charity. I am honored that they have asked me to write a short piece reflecting on what that means to me, and what I think is the "coolest" thing happening in philanthropy...

I started running marathons 11 years ago to raise...

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Come Together

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Dear Friends,

Still reeling from Monday's tragedy, I ran last night to Central Park. It was full of runners.

Many were wearing marathon t-shirts. Some were even wearing shirts from Monday's race, from those who finished the Boston Marathon. We were all feeling the pain differently. But we all came...

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Spring Into Action And Change The World While You're At It

(4) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 9:33 AM

This post is part of our Millennial Impact spring series "Getting Fresh." These blogs highlight our young, innovative contributors who have new ideas to solve old challenges. Check out more here.

According to urban legend, 1960s astronauts faced a problem: their ballpoint pens wouldn't write in...

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Every Body Walk!

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 8:25 PM

In honor of Valentine's Day and National Heart Month, I'm teaming up with my friend Tyler Norris of Kaiser Permanente (KP) and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative to talk about one of the best things you can do for your heart: walking!

Walking is also one of the easiest and...

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Could Angry Birds Help Test Parkinson's Patients?

(8) Comments | Posted January 26, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

My grandfather has Parkinson's disease. So, on behalf of my family, and all of my friends in the Parkinson's community, I'd like to thank Max Little...

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Veterans Day Challenge: Help Our Veterans Help the Victims of Hurricane Sandy

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 4:11 PM

Veteran's Day is this weekend. So, of course, we encourage you to use Charity Miles for Wounded Warrior Project, which does incredible work honoring and supporting our wounded veterans.

But there is still a lot of work to do in aiding the victims of Hurricane Sandy. So, please...

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Best. Marathon. Ever!

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 11:37 AM

Last Friday, as many wrestled with the idea of running the NYC Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I submitted a proposal on the Huffington Post, asking that people use Charity Miles to join the marathon from afar, even if only for a few miles....

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Help Make This the Best NYC Marathon Ever!

(6) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 12:17 PM

Dear Friends,

The New York City Marathon is my favorite day of the year, regardless of whether I'm running or spectating. Each year, there's something special about it.

Unfortunately, one of the things that makes this year's marathon special is Hurricane Sandy. We in NYC are reeling from the...

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