Let's Do This!!!
Apr 30, 2008 by Michelle Deforest
MDF: Racing to Save Lives
Dearest Friends, Family, Collegues, and the world of Web 2.0,
Not a day goes by that I don't wonder what more we all could be doing with this Web 2.0 of ours. Let's support our friends, family members, colleges, and even friends of friends that are fighting a blood cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.
So it's been over 2 months since I've updated (promised I wouldn't spam y'all;) and there's LOTS to report! Yesterday I went on my longest run yet, 18.5 miles!!! The team went up to Westchester, and it was a perfect introduction to fall :)
But, let's get down to business. For those of y'all just tuning in (I thank you!), the whole point of me running this marathon is to find a cure for cancer, blood cancers to be more specific. By raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, we are seeding research to find a cure for all cancers as most medical breakthroughs in the field of cancer research has come from blood cancer research (chemotherapy, radiation, many drugs).
The Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco is ****23 days away!!!****
More importantly, my fundraising deadline is in (OMG) ****5 days**** away.
So, here's my last fundraiser: I'm raising money for each mile. It's going to work like a sponsorship. Each mile is worth $50 (because if I "sell" all 26 miles, then I will reach my fundraising goal of $5,000.00!!
Rules: Donate $50 here: http://tinyurl.com/runwithme AND tell me WHAT MILE and LINK to whatever you want (your blog, startup, your cause). I'll publish it anywhere and everywhere I can (my blogs, fundraising pages, thank you emails, twitter).
**To put this in perspective:
$50 = concert ticket or pair of shoes...
$50 could mean...Funding for a family support group with trained facilitator, or registration for 1 person to be a bone marrow donor.
1. Brian Papa http://www.twitter.com/bpapa
2. Maria Ogneva http://meetmojo.com
3. Sean Percival http://www.seanpercival.com
5. Kristen Turner
6. Michael Gruen
7. Kendra Kimball
8. Melissa Thiessen http://melitami.com
9. Robert Lee (in honor of his uncle)
10. Erica Meyer (in honor of her grandfather)
11. Ashley Gresh ardenashley.tumblr.com
12. Mark Brystowski (in honor of his father)
13. Erin Hicks/Lila French
14. Jeremy Kutner (in honor of Linda Kutner (Happy Birthday!)
15. Kieran Hawe http://twitter.com/khawe
18. Alan Kaufman (in honor/memory of his friend and neighbor, Leslie Kuizema)
20. Anthony Derosa http://soupsoup.tumblr.com
21. Karen Hartline http://twitter.com/khartline
22. Martha Pinson
23. Marianne Guarena http://twitter.com/beauty4you
24. Rita Hage-Boutros (in honor of Labebe Hage-Boutros)
25. Barrett Garese www.barrettgarese.com
26. Sharon Frye (in honor of all that have struggled with loss due to cancer)
26.2 Scott Iwata (my TNT mentor)
****I still encourage ANY amount of donation! I've received anywhere from $4 to $1000 as a donation, and let me tell you, EACH AND EVERY ONE COUNTS!!!
Also, If you want to sponsor a mile, and can only donate $25, I'm willing to split up the miles.
This is my last big push, I hope you can be a part of it!
P.S. You all have made this possible. Your support, encouragement, and donations make me get out of bed in the morning not just to run, but to live each day to the fullest, and to hope that when I have children, they won't know what the word "cancer" even means. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
To do my part I'm taking on the challenge of training for and running the 2008 Nike Woman's Marathon in San Francisco on October 19th (3 weeks away!) as a way to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Team In Training (it's my first marathon ever!)
All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help STOP leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of Brian August who won his fight against Leukemia. He is the real hero on my team, but I need YOUR support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
As part of the Web 2.0 Community, I know the power of the Internet, and I know that even if you aren't able to donate even $5, that by passing this to ALL of your friends, followers, collegues, and family members, AND by blogging and twittering about this effort, we can reach my team's goal of raising $1 million dollars! I've set my personal goal at $10,000, but I know that many of you have over that many followers on Twitter alone, or maybe even that many readers on your blogs, so imagine if you asked every single person to donate $1, $2, or even $5!! We could put a serious dent in this effort to find a cure!
Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission, and PLEASE link to this in your blogs, and pass it around to your co-workers. I know many of you have started your own companies, and by donating on behalf of your company, it becomes a tax-deductable donation. Also, there are a TON of companies that match donations, so don't forget to ask!
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Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support, I can't do this with out you!!!