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This dude ate 100 Chipotle burritos to raise money for his buddy with cancer

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Sara Norris

We all want to help fight horrible diseases, but a lot of us have no business being in a marathon that doesn't involve Simpsons episodes. Well, there's finally a way to pitch in without running a 5K, and -- thankfully! -- it involves burritos.

Meet Joe Gallo, a revolutionary philanthropist who just helped raise over $3,000 for his cancer-stricken friend by eating 100 Chipotle burritos over 100 days. When Gallo heard his Pi Kappa Alpha frat brother Bret Grund had been diagnosed with stage IV glioma (a type of brain tumor), he wanted to help cover Grund's medical bills. To raise awareness for the GoFundMe page Grund's friends set up, he decided to eat a Chipotle burrito every day for 100 days, documenting the results on Instagram with #100daysforgrundfund. Day 100 hit late last week at a Manhattan fundraiser, and the "GrundFund" tally now stands at $3,413.

Even though Gallo's challenge is now over, he's still hoping to reach the $10,000 goal. You can chip in yourself at the GoFundMe page, which also includes some extra backstory on Grund. And no matter what, remember this important lesson: you can always turn a burrito into a charitable cause if you try hard and believe in yourself.

Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and hopes Chipotle continues to kick cancer's ass. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.