Oprah Donates $100K To Boston Victims

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 11, 2013
  • Updated Jun. 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM UTC
Michael Stolzenberg spoke to a surprise caller on Monday: Oprah Winfrey. Photo: NY Daily News

Oprah made a surprise phone call on Monday and donates to victims.

The world’s most famous talk show host has made a significant gesture of charity.

According to the NY Daily News, Oprah Winfrey called two Florida brothers on Monday to tell them that she would be donating $100,000 to their charity, Mikey’s Run.

Mikey’s Run is named after 13-year-old Michael Stolzenberg, who became a quadruple amputee as a result of a bacterial infection.

His namesake charity is seeking to raise $1 million for the victims of this year’s Boston Marathon bombing.

“It was really random,” said brother Harris Stolzenberg. “Michael answered and she said, ‘Hi, this is Oprah Winfrey.’ Then she told him she wanted to make the donation and he gave me the phone.”

Winfrey’s pledge is the largest single donation received by the charity.

“At first, I was shocked, but once you talk to her she’s just very nice,” admitted the 18-year-old Harris. “It was almost like I knew her.”

Harris says that Winfrey’s pledge should help the charity reach its eventual goal.


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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