The Pizza Family Is Doing Something Crazy (And Needs Your Help)!

A couple of ideas converged while the Pizza family getting ready for our Spring Break trip next week.  I lost a friend to a long and arduous battle with breast cancer.  She was only 50 years old and such a vibrant soul.  Pamela Johnston brightened every room she entered.  She’ll be sorely missed.  My kids have been hunting for something fun and crazy to do, and we found a way to do that and honor Pam at the same time.  And, there are some ways for you to earn a few cool prizes.

You might remember me trying to ride all the rides at Disney World with my partner-in-crime Summer last year.  That was the second time I attempted it, coming up short both times but raising money for some great causes and learning some lessons along the way.

Now, the entire Pizza family ready for an all-out sprint.  But, they’ve decided that the family should ride every ride at Magic Kingdom.  And, we’re raising money to fund cancer research.  All donations will go to Pelotonia, a fantastic organization built by individuals that care deeply about the cancer community and survivorship.

There are 23 rides total in operation on the day we’re attempting this next week (Wednesday, April 17th).  We’d love it if you’d pledge to support our drive.  There are two ways to pledge:

  1.  You can pledge a dollar amount per ride.  We expect to ride 23 over the course of the day.
  2. You can pledge a flat amount.

I’m not proud, I’ll take a dollar as a donation.  I’d sure love it if you pledged more, and I’m brainstorming some ideas to encourage folks to do just that.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • Pledge at least $100 to Pelotonia (either a flat donation or $5 per ride we complete) and I’ll send you a free Pelotonia t-shirt or water bottle.  25 packages available.
  • Pledge at least $300 to Pelotonia (either a flat donation or $11 per ride we complete) and I’ll spend up to an hour on the phone with you helping plan a vacation using your points and miles (or strategize on finding cheap flights).  And, I’ll throw in a t-shirt water bottle.  5 packages available.

We’ve also got some live auctions for a travel coaching session from me and a United Airlines Global Premier Upgrade (GPU) which you can use to upgrade most paid tickets on United Airlines to the next class of service (business class to Europe, anyone?)

I’ve also got one other idea I’m rolling around where you pick the city in the US and if we can get there using saver awards, I’ll fly us both there for lunch.  Is that something you guys would be interested in?

At any rate, you should be able to see the embedded form for pledges below.  It’s not the prettiest in the world, but I’m working on that.  Flat fee donations will take you right to PayPal to make the donation.  Pledges per ride will be followed up on once we complete the challenge.

If you’d prefer to donate directly to Pelotonia for tax or matching purposes, we’ll be working on a link for that shortly!

We’ll be tweeting out status updates and crazy pictures throughout the day.  Might even be some Instagram craziness as well.  And, if you want to see the full list of rides we’ll be shooting for, scroll down below the pledge form.

I hope the Pizza family can count you in for our family craziness!


If you don’t see the pledge form above, click here to be taken to it.

  1. Main Street Vehicles
  2. Jungle Cruise
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean
  4. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  5. Splash Mountain
  6. Big Thunder Mountain
  7. Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island
  8. Liberty Belle Riverboat
  9. Haunted Mansion
  10. It’s a Small World
  11. Peter Pan’s Flight
  12. Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  13. Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  14. Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
  15. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  16. Mad Tea Party
  17. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  18. Barnstormer
  19. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  20. Space Mountain
  21. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  22. AstroOrbiter
  23. Carousel of Progress

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  1. Great idea to support a worthy cause! We are local (DC metro area)–any chance you’d do an in-person vs. phone meeting?

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