Hal Finney’s wife has announced a Bitcoin fundraiser


She said that the purpose of the event is to raise donations for ALS sufferers.

Fran Finney, the wife of crypto pioneer Hal Finney, has established a fundraiser for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients (ALS). Finney invited Bitcoin users to run a half marathon and publish their experiences on social media between January 1, 2023, and January 10, 2023, in order to collect money to combat cancer.

Fran Finney made the statement using Hal Finney’s official Twitter account. She had previously renewed the account to preserve it from Twitter’s deletion of inactive accounts.

In collaboration with the ALS Association Golden West Chapter, “Running Bitcoin” is named after Hal Finney’s first Bitcoin-related tweet, which was sent only days after Bitcoin went online in 2009. According to its website, the group offers ALS patients with equipment loans and instructional resources.

The organization said that it hopes to generate donations via the event by distributing official Running Bitcoin T-shirts and unique Hal Finney memorabilia to certain donors.

Hal Finney was an early cryptocurrency pioneer. In 2004, he developed Reusable Proof of Work (RPOW), a method that enabled receivers to reuse Hashcash currencies. RPOW is often regarded as a sort of proto-cryptocurrency, despite the fact that it used a centralized server rather than a decentralized network.

Finney contributed work to the Bitcoin codebase in 2008 and early 2009, before its public release in January 2009. Satoshi Nakamoto gave him 10 BTC in the first-ever Bitcoin transaction, which he received.

Prior to being diagnosed with ALS in August 2009, Hal Finney was a lifelong runner. In 2014, after a prolonged struggle with the disease, he was cryogenically frozen.

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