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Positively Philadelphia: Mingling Fun with Philanthropy

("Fuel the Cure's" fifth annual gala.  Photo by Avi Loren Fox Photography, provided)

(“Fuel the Cure’s” fifth annual gala. Photo by Avi Loren Fox Photography, provided)

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By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s just amazing what people do every day to help others.  Consider, for example, Mirza Cavalic, who started “Fuel the Cure.”

“When I was eleven, I lost my dad to leukemia,” he tells KYW Newsradio.  “Later, when I had graduated college, I wanted to turn that loss into something positive, something positive not just for me but for society as well.”

Fuel the Cure is a Philadelphia-based, volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that connects young professionals while at the same time raising money for charitable organizations.

“We don’t shy away from the fact that we try to combine fun and philanthropy,” Cavalic (below) says.  “You know, we look for people who are caring, fun, and get things done.  It happens to rhyme but that wasn’t intended!”

(Mirza Cavalic, president of "Fuel the Cure," at the KYW Newsradiostudios.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

(Mirza Cavalic, president of “Fuel the Cure,” at the KYW Newsradio
studios. Credit: Ed Fischer)


And for those who say, “Good cause, but I’m too busy”?

“I’m guilty of it also,” Cavalic admits.  “But then, when we probe deeper, we find that people find the time to watch the Eagles’ game, and not only the Eagles game but the pre-game show and the post-game show, and the four o’clock game and the late game.  So it’s not really that we didn’t have the time.  It’s how we prioritize our time.”

Hear the full “Fuel the Cure” interview in this CBS Philly podcast…

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So far, Fuel the Cure has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, and everyone is invited to join.  Go to fuelthecure.net for more information.

And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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