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Hi again welcome to fox highlights on foxnews.com.
I'm Laura -- here on this Monday so glad the.
You were here with us today and we have inspiring stories -- to share with you this thirty minute program and it's always so nice.
-- -- to be able to bring in people from our satellite bureaus we have our our friend Matt dimmer.
The founder of the extra mile joining us from our Los Angeles bureau on my favorite heroes in the fox family I thank you so much for being with us here today -- Thank you all right so let's explain to people what the extra mile is all of that so go ahead and set the stage -- what basis.
So back in October my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
-- just recently moved -- Los Angeles.
And he was.
-- was stage -- so.
Knowing that I wanted to spend as much talent as possible.
I began plan back as often as I could probably about once a month.
And in doing so spending a lot of time and airports running cars is gonna have a lot of time to think about.
The times united together and then just sort of kind of you know clear my head.
-- look around -- the other people around me on the plane Ener1 in the airports.
And thoughts muscle you know.
I'm fortunate enough time able to do to make these trips and spend this time with them you know not knowing again when when you -- passing.
These there's going to be other people in the same situation that may not be able to see their loved ones are partners are fathers -- mothers.
Potentially you know that the funeral.
I said yeah I talk to my wife -- -- -- I think this needs to happen I think we need to create something people can donate their miles to those less fortunate.
To be able to get those times to spend -- conversations.
You know prior to their loved one passing and so.
That pretty much began at a sort of made it my mission at -- appointed to create this.
And and and get get the ball growing -- to a.
What what a loving gesture and if anybody has ever been in that situation in many of us have.
It is it is deficit it's devastating as you mention I mean with your father.
Having stage four and then you and then you have to worry about the travel.
And it really can be is such an incredible burden coming up with the funds booking the travel.
And then you know also some people cannot do -- this extra miles.
And the bummer for people who have a ton of miles sometimes they expire and then there they go they've been lost on so do you think do you find that.
A lot of people have.
You know that the surplus of the -- miles of my expires that may be one way you hope to encourage people to donate their miles.
That is actually.
What I -- it the way -- sort of personally is I'm looking for basically an airline partner or airline partners so if anyone.
That's viewing has any connections to someone that.
Is able to work with us please.
Reaches of the website -- So in its current state.
The extra mile.
-- The -- were accepting miles is.
Incremental unfortunately there's caps this caps on that so.
I hit basically -- set up.
Similar to my own but for the charity and so I will eventually hit limits now delta -- 50000 American.
So I'm looking for an airline -- airlines like I said to partner with me and allow me to not have a limit to that so I can accept unlimited amounts of miles.
Ideally as well as potentially waiving the transfer fee which is oddly -- And then they tell us if you have some success stories that you can share those people who have donated and helped.
A family -- give us an example.
Yeah I'm actually I'm working with a couple nonprofit organizations that are cancer specific out here in Los Angeles Hertzberg foundation for -- research.
And -- can.
One of the things -- assertiveness that I had to sort of overlooked because I was so driven to -- -- make -- happen was.
You know how my you know sort of find those individuals that are actually -- need verses.
Unfortunately those people are -- terrorists you know scam the system if you -- right.
Obsolete -- these organizations are gonna help -- sort of -- lists.
I have a not completed a play it.
But we are extremely close I've had a couple companies are actually donate an entire affairs worth to me.
Which is great -- wanna make a point to that -- people can donate a full -- -- -- -- they have besides or addition to our smaller amounts.
And we will I will work with that organization that I mentioned.
As all the couple -- a recurring west to make sure that those loved ones especially.
It looks like hopefully over the next couple weeks.
I really thought that the holiday season at the last gets talked about is very important and I want to make sure that I can.
Make a couple connections during that time.
What it would've like I said earlier in the system of so loving thought.
And the tremendous follow through.
That you've had with your wife and your family and to think about others I mean you just went through something so.
So painful and and in the process of even being in -- moment to think ahead.
And to think about other families who may need this is is really incredible that.
End and as far as people adults talk about the website we're gonna put the web -- up so that people can see it.
And they recognize it when they go to find it on there search browser it's www.
The extra mile dot org there it is with that beautiful sunset.
And the palm trees there what people find on this website as they toggle around.
It's -- Limited in content currently it gives little back story about basically wanted to talk about kind of how can beat.
It's I would say between the website and FaceBook page those -- the two best areas to kind of get updates as far as us completing our mission.
And I'm connecting folks -- families.
So I'm there there's no I I do we do we do except.
Monetary donations as well there's a button I believe this is donate now with a heart on it.
It's sort of through PayPal I'm so we will take we'll take money will take miles and yeah we're -- -- and it opened my folks as we can.
Over the past couple days we've been fortunate enough to be -- a few blogs.
And the activity is actually spread.
My surprised like the Australian and European markets -- -- -- a lot of feedback of folks that.
Yeah thank you folks that want to you know but a similar service to have -- -- so.
As -- -- eleven response and I'm looking.
I just want to happen whether it's national or international.
My thing you know I don't know I don't be beholden to what the airlines sort of allow me to do you'll find a way to make it happen for as many people as possible.
And families who may need to this type of gift and this type of donation.
-- they can contact you through the web -- say I'm in a bind.
You know I've got a family member -- really sick they can reach out to through the website and FaceBook as well.
Absolutely -- there's there's a contact page on the website it.
As well as other FaceBook is FaceBook dot com back -- the extra mile org.
And if you like the paid to be able to follow our updates and see the success of that we've been having so far.
I and apple finally goes there anything you want to add.
Again we're this the ultimate success of this.
Isn't determine specifically by a -- airline but I would urge anyone that has a connection again in that industry to please reach out to me on the website or FaceBook.
And you know if -- I think the first one to the market would be great to have an American adults -- sort of take us another wing and allow what I mentioned earlier to happen.
Let's and at the coliseum.
All right Matt thank you so much for being with us that Matt dimmer founder of the -- mile.
You can find him on Twitter out of the extra mile -- and also -- you mentioned on FaceBook in the website we're showing now Matt.
Many bad best wishes for our continued success with this great idea.
Thanks -- right thanks -- I wouldn't take a break.