The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
I recently ran into an organization that has an interesting mission to help people with cancer. The best way to describe it is a sort of “Make a Wish” for folks like you and me. But, it’s a bit more nuanced than that. I’ve been a LIVESTRONG supporter for quite some time. That hasn’t always carried the most positive vibe, but cancer is something that’s affected me and my family and LIVESTRONG has been there to support me. Recently, they gave me a different sort of opportunity to support them by […]
I arrived home yesterday afternoon to find a Fedex box sitting on my desk. I wasn’t expecting anything special, but it sure was. You see, about 6 months ago, Milepoint (of which I’m proud to be a co-founder) signed a five-year agreement to be a part of LIVESTRONG President’s Circle, which was started by LIVESTRONG CEO Doug Ulman. As part of Milepoint’s commitment to donate at least 10% of our annual profits to charity each year, we’ve committed to a minimum $5,000 donation to LIVESTRONG for the next five years. […]
Every time I think I’m done writing about Lance Armstrong and how he affects LIVESTRONG, the story takes another turn. When I wrote down my thoughts about Lance after the USADA report came out in October, it felt definitive at the time. Time has a way of changing things on you, and I sit her today in front of my keyboard feeling the need to write about this. I wanted to make sure I got my thoughts down before the interview aired, though there has now been confirmation in the […]
I posted a few days ago about the recent developments of Lance Armstrong and LIVESTRONG. Again, I thought it would be my last post. I was wrong. I’m sure mine is a polarizing position. One I might have shied away from a few days ago, though unlikely. As the media attention has ratcheted up about Lance there have been reasons for people to turn away. Even I had said to myself and others, “It’s not about Lance. It’s about the fight against cancer.” That’s an easy answer to a tough […]
I had decided I wasn’t going to write about the Lance Armstrong/USADA battle, as I’m decidedly biased. As I’ve written in the past, here and here, I’ve always been on Lance’s side. I was saddened when he gave up the USADA fight a few weeks ago, and had kinda decided that was my last post on the topic. But, after this morning’s news of Lance resigning from the LIVESTRONG board and the severing of his contract by Nike I felt I needed to post something if only for people to […]
Today is LIVESTRONG Day. It’s a day to celebrate the battles we’ve won and recommit to the battles yet to come in the fight against cancer. If you’ve got a few minutes, I hope you’ll add a quick message today. It’s free, and a dollar will be donated to the fight against cancer for every message posted. There’s already over 100K messages. Can you help get to 200K?
I’m on my way back from Austin, Texas. Randy Petersen and I showed up at LIVESTRONG headquarters today to discuss a bigger relationship between Milepoint and LIVESTRONG. We had in tow with us a check for $25,000 from the members of Milepoint. The meeting went well, and the folks at LIVESTRONG were pretty surprised to see the check. While we were there (as well as shortly after our departure), the good folks at LIVESTRONG were pretty active in social media talking about our donation. ChrisB’s Twitter Pic @jsavalon’s quick thoughts […]
A brief break from miles and points to talk about something else close to my heart. The NY Times has an article today about an end-stage leukemia patient who went through two relapses and is somehow in remission. Now, this patient happened to be a research doctor who specialized in….leukemia. After years of fighting, it looked like he was out of options. Instead, through some new research into gene sequencing, he’s in remission with every chance to live a healthy life. He’s not the only patient to use this sort […]
Please indulge me a brief moment away from the travel world. The Wall Street Journal has an article today about a new breed of cancer drugs that are showing promise. While these drugs don’t necessarily represent a silver bullet in the gun fight against cancer, they’re one of the most promising steps IMO in recent years. The human immune system, with the right amount of will power, can fight off amazing things. But, scientists have never really been able to figure out how to prompt the body to fight certain […]