This is an ongoing series profiling some of the people I believe to be the real heroes of the Pan-Mass Challenge: the sponsors who donate their money to fund cancer research. Please considering joining them by donating any amount to http://pmc.org/DH0159.
Best known as one-half of the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (I won’t say which one) of marketing podcasts (Marketing Over Coffee with co-host Christopher Penn), John Wall (left in photo) has been one of the earliest and most enthusiastic boosters of podcasting for business and for fun (“The M Show”).
Some more direct, PMC-centered banter from John:
– Why did you sponsor me in the Pan-Mass Challenge?
About 3 years ago I decided to increase the amount of my income that I gave to charities. I doubled my donations over the first two years, but I’m keeping it flat this year because of the economy. As a result I’m always on the lookout for events to sponsor that my friends are involved in.
– How did you first hear about the Pan-Mass Challenge?
I first learned about the event more than 10 years ago when my friend David Jaye told me about it. He said that the PMC is just like the Boston Marathon – doing the event is not that impressive. Training for the event? That’s very impressive.
– Are you giving in the name or memory of someone you know who has had cancer?
I donate in memory of my mother, who we lost to Cancer and my Father, a survivor.
– Name one interesting fact or story that makes you unique and interesting
In 2002 I ran the Boston Marathon as a fund raiser for the Franciscan’s Hospital for Children. I finished, but didn’t do as well as I had hoped, and ended up having my appendix removed a couple weeks later.
They are having a 5k road race on June 14th, I’ll be there and would love some company.
Thank you, John! And thank you, everyone who has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge in any way. Here’s the link for you to sponsor my ride and fight cancer: http://pmc.org/DH0159. Please feel free to pass the link to others as well.