Danny Eguizabal is all about giving back. It may sound cliché, but he works hard to make the world a better place. Early this year, he competed in the Miami half marathon. Through two years of fundraising with this event, he raised more than $10,000 to support the fight against pancreatic cancer.

It was in honor of his good friend and co-worker who had recently passed away from the disease. The money was donated to a nonprofit organization started by her children. “Martha Serra was like a mother to me,” he said. “She set a precedent in me to continue to shine a light in a dark place.”

In 2015, he raised more than $6,000 for the Smart Ride, the 165 mile bike ride from Miami to Key West. That money came from a bar crawl through Wynwood that Eguizabal put together and thousands in donations from local businesses.

When he’s not running or riding, Eguizabal is an elementary school music teacher at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School in Coconut Grove. He said his students encourage him to live his life by setting an example for others. He’s also a singer and piano player and gigs around at different churches such as Unity of Hollywood and Unity Ft. Lauderdale. These days, he’s not playing as much because he’s hitting the books – pursuing his master’s in mass communication.

Eguizabal is thankful for being recognized this year. “I’m beyond grateful to be nominated.” Eguizabal was nominated by a reader for this year’s OUT50 list.

– DR