Mike Freed will be the first to tell you, he doesn't run at the fastest pace. But his strides are making big impacts in the First Coast community.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The exponential growth of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s largest fundraiser, Freed to Run, will get a boost this year from three newly appointed co-chairs of the event: Darnell Smith, Florida Blue’s market president for North Florida; Eric Krall, mortgage sales manager with Community First Credit Union; and Ryan M. Ludwick, an attorney with Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball.
The trio will work to attract more sponsors and relay teams, with Smith focusing on the health-care community, Krall on the business community, and Ludwick on the legal community and related industries.
All proceeds from the Dec. 15-20 Capitol to Coast six-marathon relay series will go toward an endowment for the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership and will be matched at 125% by Baptist Health. The NFMLP provides civil legal aid to pediatric patients and their families to ensure they have safe and sanitary housing, as well as access to health care, educational accommodations, and other needed services.Read More
One September day in 2017, the foundation of Marckly Charles’ world collapsed.
His widowed mother died at age 50 of a heart ailment, leaving him head of the household and parent figure for his three younger siblings. He had no relatives to help out.
Charles was 20.
“It was tough,” he said. “I didn’t know where to go or who to reach out to.”
Charles had a longtime goal — becoming a nurse — which kept him centered after his mother’s death. He and his eldest sister worked, and he paid the mortgage and other bills and kept the family steered straight ahead. But he encountered legal obstacles when he tried on his own to gain custody of his younger siblings, get his mother’s estate settled and obtain public benefits for the family. He started saving money for an attorney to help him navigate.Read More
JALA In the first year of a five-year campaign to build a $2.25 million endowment for the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership (NFMLP), Jacksonville Area Legal Aid has raised $638,000, with $365,000 coming from a 125 percent match Baptist Health made on $284,000 in private donations.Read More
ATTORNEY AT LAW MAGAZINE A fundraising effort like no other, Freed to Run started in 2017 with one man – Gunster shareholder Mike Freed – and exploded in 2018 into a community-wide, 157-mile-long celebration of philanthropy benefiting the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership to the tune of $414,000.Read More
FLORIDA BAR Freed to Run teams gathered in front of the Baker County Courthouse for the last of six consecutive marathons through which Jacksonville attorney Mike Freed of Gunster and 19 teams of runners raised nearly $300,000 for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA) and the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership (NFMLP).Read More
NEWS 4 JAX (WJXT) One Jacksonville attorney ran his sixth marathon in six days to raise money to provide legal service to Northeast Florida pediatric patients and their families.
This week, more than 100 runners raised funds for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership through six marathons stretching from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.Read More
JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD Abel Bean Law Firm co-founder Dan Bean; Jackie Van Laningham; Melinda Higby, Abel Bean business manager and paralegal; Jessica Rosario; and co-founder Mike Abel comprised one of the relay teams running the first leg of Freed to Run 2.0 with Gunster attorney Mike Freed.Read More
COMMUNITY FIRST Community First was proud to participate in an amazing relay team event, Freed to Run, which covered six marathons (157 miles) in six days (December 2-7) with various teams covering the distance from the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee all the way to the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville.Read More
CIRCLES CHARITY REGISTER Freed to Run 2.0 is a now a 6 marathons in 6 days point-to-point relay – with teams joining Mike Freed and covering the distance by taking turns throughout the day. While each team member runs, teammates shuttle ahead via transportation provided by Elite Parking Services of America.Read More