In April of 2015 an earthquake rocked the country of Nepal, killing thousands, changing lives, and reducing beautiful ancient buildings to rubble. A young man named Dan Fredinburg lost his life, he was a 33 year-old privacy exec at Google X who loved adventures, the outdoors, his friends, and everyone around him. He truly tried to make all of the world a better place.
Mr. Fredinburg was attempting the climb for a good cause, he was raising money for orphans in Nepal. When Hurrican Sandy hit the East Coast he was there, gathering friends and funds, and helping to rebuild lives, hopes, and dreams, he called it Operation Sand Castle. He started a non-profit called Save the Ice to help the environment and took many friends sailing in the Maldives to raise money for that worthy cause. He had a great love of life and a true desire to help others, if he could help others while enjoying life in his own specail way, that was even better.
He touched lives and hearts almost everywhere he went. After the Celebration of Life held in his honor several of his friends started LiveDan, a call for others to live life to the fullest, to lend a helping hand, to offer a hand up, wherever it’s needed. He saw the best in other people and encouraged them to see it in themselves.
He once dated actress Sophia Bush, another person making a difference in the world wherever and however she can. They remained good friends, after his death she posted this loving message:
There are no adequate words. Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I’ll likely never find them all. Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. Fearless. Funny. A dancing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and envision a better future for the world. His brain knew how to build it. His heart was constantly evolving to push himself to make it so. He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth. He was one of the great loves of my life. He was one of my truest friends. He was an incredible brother, a brilliant engineer, and a damn good man.
I’m devastated and simultaneously so deeply grateful to have known and loved him, and to have counted him as one of my tribe. I was so looking forward to our planned download of “all the things” when he got home. I am crushed that I will never hear that story. I am crushed knowing that there are over 1,000 people in Nepal suffering this exact feeling, knowing that they too will never hear another tale about an adventure lived from someone that they love. Disasters like this are often unquantifiable, the enormity is too much to understand. Please remember that each person who is now gone was someone’s Dan. Please remember that our time on this Earth is not guaranteed. Please tell those you love that you do. Right now. This very minute. And please send a kiss to the sky for my friend Dan. His energy is so big and so bright, and it’s all around us, so put some love toward him today. And then hug your loved ones again.
#goodbyesweetfriend #savetheice #Nepal #AdventureswithDAN
His current girlfriend, Ashley Arenson of MediaMath, told CNN that one of his many personal gifts was to effortlessly make the people around him feel special, and like they could accomplish anything they wanted.
LiveDan encourages others to live without fear, to be generous with others, and to be the best version of themselves. Another charity, CrowdRise, has already raised over $50,000 for the orphans he was climbing to help. He was a bright and shining star, a person to be celebrated when mourned, a beautiful example of what people can do to help others, and even in death, his legacy of helping others will live on.