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Gratitude Inspires A Super-Human Feat October 7, 2014

Posted by Jack Macholl in Donor Development, Fundraising, non-profit, Peddle For Pennies, Philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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John Nightingale- Peddling for Pennies

John Nightingale- Peddling for Pennies

The other night I had the great privilege of doing a phone interview with John Nightingale, a grateful parent of a child undergoing treatment at the Shriners Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina.

As a display of his gratitude for the help doctors and hospital staff have provided his family, John is riding a bicycle over 1,800 miles from his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Boston Massachusetts raising money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The route includes stops at six of the Shriners hospitals including Greenville, Cincinnati, Lexington, Erie, Philadelphia, Springfield and Boston.

During the interview I asked John how he was holding up on the road, his answer was one of the most selfless I’ve heard to date. “When I don’t feel well, my legs hurt, I want to quit … I think about the kids who can’t be unbent, unbroken, or unburned, and yet they always manage a genuine smile- that is what compels me to go another day. ”

John also talked about the human kindness that he has received on this journey. As he puts it “seeing America from five feet above the ground at ten miles per hour gives you a different perspective.” For me, this conversation with a young man intent on giving back no matter the personal toll has bolstered my viewpoint on the viability of our country’s future.

His campaign is called Peddle For Pennies. John is providing a daily update to his blog and sharing thoughts from his phone as he makes this amazing trek to help children in need of specialized medical attention. To follow John’s progress and learn more about his quest, visit






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