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Making wishes come true - Alumni Profiles
June 2010 Issue
Everyday charity donors typically undertake modest physical challenges to raise funds for local causes, such as a 5K jog around town. Not Joe Lariscy, who graduated in 2007 with a degree in finance. Joe, along with two buddies, rode his bicycle across the United States—from San Francisco to St. Simons Island—to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that helps children with life-threatening medical conditions fulfill their wishes. The trip covered 3,600 miles and took the men eight weeks. “I wanted to go on an adventure and support a great cause,” Lariscy says. The notion of giving back to society came from undergraduate experiences with the Foundation Fellows and the Leonard Leadership Scholar program, Lariscy says. Community service projects through those programs included gutting houses in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and serving at the Athens Performance Learning Center, an alternative high school. The physical challenges of a cross-country road trip were daunting, Lariscy admits, even for a …
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