(For those of you who do not know what Mophie is, they are a company that makes an iPhone case that doubles as an extra battery)
I need you assistance in a footrace I will be running in June.
I suspect that this is not a request that you get often, if at all, but it is true – I need your help. I have been a user of your product for a few years now, first with my iPhone 3G and now with my iPhone 4G. Your product has allowed me to use my phone worry-free throughout the day – it is a rare day that I crawl into bed at night with little or no charge on my phone.
I used my Mophie Battery Pack at the 2011 New York City Marathon to record my journey through the five boroughs and I STILL had enough juice to edit my recordings on the iMovie app and upload it to the web. Yes, YOUR product made that possible.
But I am now in a pickle. Between the built-in battery of the iPhone and the your battery pack I get about 15 – 18 hours of moderate use. That’s well and good when running a marathon, but in June I plan to tackle the 100-mile distance. The winner of that race just may finish within that time frame, but I am not nearly that fast. The cutoff time for the race is 30 hours. A few friends and I are each hoping to run 100 miles in less than 24 hours, but ultimately, we would just like to be able to finish.
You may wonder why it is so important that I have my phone while I am running those 100 miles – yes, it would be nice to have some music or a podcast playing, and I would definitely like to be able to record the highs and lows of our 100 mile journey, however, the main reason why I would like to have my phone with me is that I run with an amazing little app called Charity Miles. This app allows me to raise money for charity with every mile that I run. 25¢ per mile may not seem like a lot, but the quarters eventually add up.
My daughter has autism. Autism has impacted our lives in a very real way – forcing us to alter plans; causing one parent or the other to miss a performance of our older daughter; keeping us from being able to sit at certain restaurants or participate in dance recitals or engage in play dates…the list goes on.
When I run, and I’ve run every day this year so far in part thanks to your product, I have my Charity Miles app set to raise funds for Autism Speaks. They are conducting ongoing research that will hopefully one day soon help alleviate the difficulties my daughter and those like her face on a daily basis. Autism Speaks, while funding a broad range of scientific research is also working to help raise Autism Awareness. This awareness has pushed people to think twice before simply dismissing my girl as a spoiled brat when she is having an anxiety fueled meltdown or calling her awful names because she sometimes seems to be intellectually incapable of grasping certain concepts.
I don’t know if anyone has every run 100 miles straight while running the Charity Miles app and frankly, I don’t really care – I just feel like this could serve as inspiration to ANY walker, biker or runner to get the app and start using it for their charity of choice (Charity Miles has a wide range of charities they raise money for)…and hopefully, some of those inspired folks will choose the same charity I choose, and bring closer the day that my soon to be 10 year old baby girl will find an easier, less anxiety inducing environment.
I am hoping that you will consider donating 2 of your most powerful battery cases for the iPhone 4 so that I can keep my phone humming at full strength as I attempt to cover 100 miles on foot in 24 hours. Please feel free to contact me at runluaurun at gmail dot com (written out to avoid spammers) if you have any questions or need any specifics clarified.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this,