It’s Valentine’s Day next Thursday and Tron has chosen to use the occasion to celebrate love, friendship, and the cryptoverse as a whole. How so?
As you surely know already crypto became alive as Satoshi Nakamoto (the legendary and still unknown creator of Bitcoin) brought the world’s first blockchain network online into the world. How did it become alive? By issuing the first digital token in human history and awarding it to somebody. That person was Hal Finney.
Mr. Finney was a cryptographic developer who’s become legendary. He made many contributions to the cryptoverse (some suspect he could have been Satoshi) and his legacy is still felt even at Tron’s network because he designed adventures of Tron.
Unfortunately, he left us too soon, as he was sick with ALS. That brought him to an early grave in 2014. He’s been missed ever since and Tron will make a point of remembering him by helping other ALS patients.
Donate to ALS
You can join Tron’s effort to help ALS patients by donating a few crypto tokens of your choice through trackable and immutable blockchain honors.
Our #ValentinesDay campaign is in memory of #HalFinney, the Cypherpunk, the early #bitcoin contributor, the first man to receive #bitcoins from Satoshi Nakamoto and the developer of Adventures of #TRON. @halfin https://t.co/M22en9ZfkR pic.twitter.com/mt709enTOr
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) February 9, 2019
How much is up to you. It doesn’t need to be a lot. When you are in a situation as tight as ALS patients, a little money goes a very long way. That will be Tron’s Valentine’s day, and it could be yours as well if you feel like joining with your help.
A few more words about Mr. Finney. He was born on May 4th, 1956. He became a software engineer and he was among Cypherpunks’ earliest members. He was an active advocate for cryptography and privacy in digital media. He did work for the PGP corporation as a developer.
Some of the earliest PGP code (which is now as legendary as Satoshi) was his. He programmed the app that would become the world’s first truly anonymous remailer, the first proof-of-work digital system. And, as I said at the beginning of this article, he was the first person ever to get a Bitcoin transaction from none other than Satoshi Nakamoto himself.
He died on August 28th, 2014 from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and his body is still preserved by the Alcor Life Extention Foundation.
Even now, nobody really knows that cryogenically preserved corpses could be brought back to life, as in Mr. Finney’s case.
But this year’s Valentine’s is not about bringing the dead back to life, but about helping those how are still alive, but sick, and in need of help and support. Those sick with ALS, especially.