Benjamin Franklin Commemoration Walk
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On October 6th, 1723, a seventeen-year-old arrived in Philadelphia after a roughly 300-mile journey from Boston. He was bound to become the city's most influential leader. Over the course of his life in his adopted home, he founded the city’s first fire station, the nation’s first public library, and an academy that would become a globally esteemed university. Later in his life, he would become the nation’s first postmaster general, the governor of Pennsylvania, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The man, as you can likely deduce by now, was none other than the one-hundred-dollar founding father: Benjamin Franklin. 

Franklin’s 300-mile journey consisted of delayed, lengthy boat passages and many miles on foot - namely, an approximately fifty-mile trek across New Jersey. 

Max Steinberg, my cousin, is on the autism spectrum. Walking alongside Max is akin to embarking on a journey of unmatched joy and dedication. Each step serves as a testament to his exceptional endurance, meeting the miles that stretch before him with an indefatigable spirit. Max embodies a rare breed of grit and infectious energy for walking that makes his presence an inspiration to those fortunate enough to share a walk, and therefore a journey, with him.

Between October 3rd-6th, 2023, with Max’s passion for walking and inspiring those around him, we want to celebrate the tricentennial of Benjamin Franklin’s arrival into the city where he would leave an eternal mark. Through walking, we want to commemorate the journey of the man who indelibly shaped the city, celebrate the abilities of those on the autism spectrum, and raise funds for the Eagles Autism Foundation - an organization that embodies Philadelphia through Franklin’s ideal that “the good we can do together exceeds the good we can do individually.” The Eagles Autism Foundation takes action by giving every penny they raise to impactful autism research and effective autism care. 

We will recreate Franklin’s fifty-mile walk across New Jersey and into Philadelphia over the course of a three-day period, arriving in Philadelphia on the same day Franklin arrived 300 years prior: October 6th, 2023. 

With the Eagles Autism Foundation as our beneficiary, Max, his father Ken, and I believe we can appropriately mark this historic milestone and prove the limitless abilities of those on the autism spectrum. We need your help, and your corporations' (tax-deductible) donations, to make this event meaningful.


Alex Greenberg

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  • Amy Rogers made a $25.00 donation

    Way to go Alex! 😊👏

  • Ibad Khan made a $100.00 donation

    Thank you for taking on this initiative and supporting Autism research

  • Sharon and Bill Zeruld made a $50.00 donation

    Way to go! Best wishes for a safe journey.

  • Dina Shaw made a $250.00 donation

    congratulations on making this happen! xxoo, Dina

  • William Woodfield made a $100.00 donation

    Alex - This is a great event that we are happy to support! - Daysi and Will Woodfield

  • Anonymous made a $10.00 donation
  • Catherine Mermelstein made a $100.00 donation

    Go Alexander!

  • Peter Linneman made a $250.00 donation
  • Douglas Linneman made a $50.00 donation

    Fabulous concept!!

  • In memory of Rudi Lea made a $10.00 donation
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  • System Office Products made a $100.00 donation

    Cheering you on along your walk from your friends at System Office Products!

  • Anonymous made a $25.00 donation

    I learned about this through Tap into Princeton. What a great adventure you are setting out on. Good luck!

  • Ralph and Cheryl Pinkus made a $150.00 donation

    What a worthwhile cause. We make this donation not only as a tribute to your efforts but in support of two other friends who have a child and a grandchild that live with autism.

  • Daniel Porter made a $250.00 donation

    Very impressive!

  • Amy Williams made a $50.00 donation

    Super cool that you and Max are doing this. Love it!

  • Adrienne Rubin made a $50.00 donation

    Kol haKavod - thank you for doing this! And Mazal Tov on your graduation, too!

  • Mary Hammell made a $100.00 donation

    What an impressive and inspiring goal! -The Hammell Family

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  • Anika Simons made a $10.00 donation

    GO ALEX 🦅🦅🦅

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  • Elyse Mauger made a $100.00 donation

    Alex, Very inspiring! enjoy your walk and your time with your cousin! the Mauger family

  • Jessica Engelhart made a $20.00 donation

    Good for you Alex!

  • Michael Feinberg made a $25.00 donation
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  • Desiree Chen made a $100.00 donation

    Well done, Alex! Such a great initiative, we wish you all the success in it!

  • Edward Chen made a $100.00 donation
  • Lauren Pinkus made a $50.00 donation

    what a great event and cause. Good Luck! hope your old man Dad can keep up!

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  • Matthew Chen made a $90.00 donation

    Great job Alex! Amazing to see how far you’ve come. I remember when you were a little boy walking for the first time, and it’s amazing to see how far you’ve come and how you’ve dedicated your time to walking. keep it up!

  • Harris Richter made a $100.00 donation

    Hey Alex, sorry I didn't get back to you earlier, but we just got back from our Iceland-Portugal trip. Despite the name of the organization, I'm more than happy to donate. Cheryl's nephew, Sam, who also happens to be a relative of yours, is on the autism spectrum as well, and I saw the challenges he faced as a youngster; today, due to the right schooling geared to his situation, he's flourishing in his work and home life. Hopefully you'll get to meet him one day. Hope you and your parents had a great time in Italy. I think we're coming to Philadelphia soon to see you perform, and I'm so looking forward to it. See you soon!

  • The Chivate Family made a $100.00 donation

    So proud of you Alex for participating in this landmark effort! All the best and every success to you in all your achievements.

  • Kristen Stewart made a $100.00 donation

    Alex, what an inspiring endeavor! Hope you and your cousin have a great walk. Best wishes, Kristen, Jason and Connor Stewart

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  • Robert Cohen made a $100.00 donation

    Alex, glad to contribute to such a fine cause. Robert Cohen

  • Adrienne and Brian Gibbs made a $100.00 donation

    Best wishes Alex! We can’t wait to hear more about your journey!

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  • Shefali Shah made a $50.00 donation

    Alex Wishing you the best! Please send us your route! incredible cause and love your story. best, Shefali

  • Mark Mucciacciaro made a $250.00 donation
  • Sameer Desai made a $100.00 donation

    Wonderful idea for a worthy goal! Best wishes from the Desai's

  • Robert Miller made a $35.00 donation

    I am proud of you.

  • Robert Echevarria made a $50.00 donation
  • Anonymous made a $300.00 donation

    Great cause. I really admire what you’re doing for Autism research!

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