While holiday shoppers spent their time running errands, running to the mall and running to the post office, RE/MAX Advance agent Javier Gonzalez of Coconut Grove did plenty of running too, covering 250 miles on his own two feet to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. For each of the 31 days of December, Gonzalez, a Realtor with RE/MAX Advance Realty, laced up his running shoes and pounded the pavement for an eight-mile run. Along the way, he collected pledges from friends, family and co-workers. By month’s end, he had run 250 miles and collected $3,000.
Inspired by Ravens Run, a South Beach runner who has logged 100,000 miles and collected money for charity, Gonzalez recently had the pleasure of presenting his hard-earned funds to Ivette Iglesias of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Miami Children’s Hospital is one of 140 pediatric hospitals affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network.
“What made this endeavor special was the support that my ‘folks’ showed me,” Gonzalez said. “It’s great to know that customers and friends alike felt good about supporting this effort. I truly thank them; they made all the miles run that much easier.” RE/MAX is a national sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network. Nationally, the company has raised $100 million since 1992. RE/MAX Advance Realty, which owns offices in Kendall and South Miami has donated tens of thousands to the cause during the past 20 years.