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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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CAF Helps Disabled Athletes Get Back Into the Game

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Every once in awhile I hear a story that so touches me, I feel the need to share it. In 1985, Jim MacLaren, an all-American defensive tackle, lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. He reinvented himself into an endurance athlete and competed with able-bodied athletes in the Ironman World Championships in 1992, finishing in 10:42. Unfortunately, in 1993, tragedy struck again – a van veered onto the Orange Country Performing Arts triathlon course and struck Jim, who became a quadriplegic. A group of friends in San Diego rallied to raise money and provide emotional support to Jim, who needed to re-configure every aspect of his life to accommodate wheelchair-living. Flash forward to today. What started with a few good friends helping Jim MacLaren has now become the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). This non-profit organization, whose stated mission is “to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics,” has raised more than $11 million to help athletes get back into the game. CAF has changed thousands of lives over the years and recently, they took their show on the road. They went to Haiti, where over 2000

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ArtStorm Graffiti Art Keeps Youth in the Studio and Off the Streets

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Here at Boingo, we’re not just about gadgets and Wi-Fi — we also dabble in the enjoyment of art. The graffiti painting above is the first thing you see when you enter our lobby in Los Angeles. Several more aerosol-painted canvases adorn the walls throughout our office, infusing the work environment with color and creativity. The artists behind these works? Teenagers and young adults (no, we don’t feel humbled or anything ;)) who are part of the ArtStorm Art Community, a non-profit organization that provides young artists with the materials and studio space to create their work. By encouraging and nurturing the creative endeavors of young folks, ArtStorm keeps them off the streets and away from crime. And that’s why we folks here at Boingo feel extra good about the masterpieces around the office — as a patron, we’re contributing to the funds necessary for art supplies, studio space, and mentorship programs at ArtStorm. Check out this video tour of the fabulous paintings around our office. Bonus: Boingo team members share their interpretations of the artwork. Tour the ArtStorm gallery on Flickr. Read more about Boingo’s partnership with ArtStorm here. If you or your company is interested in supporting ArtStorm,

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Young Woman Survives Cancer and Becomes Humanitarian Globetrotter


In support of cancer awareness in general (October is Breast Cancer Awareness month), we interviewed survivor extraordinaire, Meaghan Edelstein. Two years ago, at age 28, Meaghan was diagnosed with stage 3B cervical cancer and told her chances of survival were slim. But she waged a victorious battle against the illness and then went on to establish Spirit Jump, a “grassroots non-profit organization with a mission to provide hope and comfort” to those battling cancer. During her own ordeal, Meaghan was so comforted by the “uplifting cards and inspirational gifts” that she has duplicated this experience for other cancer victims through Spirit Jump. Meaghan, yours is a remarkable story of survival against the odds and we toast to your continued health! Good luck as you travel around the globe dispensing comfort to others battling cancer. Here are a few of Meaghan’s travel tips: 1. Is there a gadget you can’t live without? I cannot live without my iPhone! Spirit Jump runs 100% through social media and email. We have people all over the world trying to connect with us and that means at all hours of the day. With my iPhone I can stay connected no matter where I am or