Our mission is simple. Collect frequent flyer miles from people who don’t need them and give them to those who desperately do, to visit terminally ill loved ones with cancer.

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Pete Dimmer was quite a guy. He was my father. My coach. A tinkerer. A fisherman. A hunter. A kind soul. And pretty healthy for a 65-year-old.

Until the fall of 2011. A routine gallbladder surgery revealed that he actually had pancreatic cancer. Stage 4. If you don’t already know, basically that means I had little to no time left with my dad. I had just relocated to LA from Chicago with my wife, Jess. We were settling into new jobs and new lives, making new friends. But without thinking twice, we decided to travel home every chance we could get. Every weekend. Sometimes longer. Because we didn’t want to miss a moment. And… because we could. Because every holiday, weekend, day, minute, second… could be our last together.

Looking back on it now, though it is all still so painful to recall, I feel so blessed that I was there. I was there right after he was diagnosed. I was there when he got sicker. I was there for his last cognizant moments. I was there for his last moments of life. And I was there when he died.

About a month before dad passed away, it struck me. What do people do when they can’t be there? Jess and I had been so fortunate, to be able to make all those trips without so much as blinking. It pained me to think of those who couldn’t see their loved ones before their passing… simply because they couldn’t afford the cost of travel.

I was inspired to create a non-profit company. Our mission is to give those who cannot afford to travel the opportunity to visit their loved ones dying of cancer, so they can cherish the last holiday, weekend, day, minute, second… together.

In my father’s last days and beyond, stories came pouring back to us. How he — as a father, coach, friend, neighbor — always went the extra mile to help anyone in need. So our name, The Extra Mile, just beautifully fell into place.

Now others can have the chance I had: To say goodbye.

Thank you,

Matt Dimmer


 


SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE HELPED PUSH OUR STORY


 

 

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

This group of individuals steers the organization, and provides strategic leadership.


MATT DIMMER

Founder & CEO


MICHAEL LEE

Management Team


DAVID WIELAND

Management Team


JENNIFER THOMPSON

Management Team


BENJAMIN JAGOE

Management Team


NATHAN MILLER

Management Team


MIKE ZWONITZER

Executive Team


LIBBY O’DELL

Social Media Director


Inspiration


 

 

 

My dad was the inspiration for this organization. He was always there to lend a hand. Now it’s my turn.

 

 

 


 

 

 

OUR PARTNERS

Special thanks goes out to these individuals and organizations that have helped us along the way and continue to provide support.

Jessica Dimmer, Brandan Jenkins, Brendan Mahn, Felix Sockwell, Paul Teeter, Brett Essman, James Oliver, Molly Cantrell-Kraig, Matt O’Mara, Allison Miller, Agi Hirshberg, Eileen Minogue, Pamela Acosta, Blake Ebel and all the friends and supporters that have shared our posts on Facebook and Twitter.

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CONTACT US

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We’ve partnered with several companies and individuals, and continue to establish mutually beneficial relationships that allow us to get closer to fulfilling our mission. We’d like to extend the invitation of collaborating to anyone interested. Feel free to contact us, and let’s discuss how we can join forces to give back and do good for those in need.

EMAIL | matt@thextramile.org


 

 

 

 

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