Some Volunteers Push Their Commitment to Extremes, Say Charities

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Sarah Rice

Some volunteers—like Sam Fox, who spent two months running the Pacific Crest Trail to raise $170,000 for a health charity—push themselves to extremes to benefit causes close to their hearts.

Sam Fox, a 24-year-old Rhode Island native, ran the Pacific Crest Trail—more than 2,400 miles, from Canada to Mexico— in two months to raise $170,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. So many people have sought to help the organization by engaging in similarly punishing activities that the charity created Team Fox, a grass-roots fundraising arm.

Then the nonprofit went a step further and hired Sam Fox (no relation to the charity’s