marathon!

common squirrel is running a marathon
Sep 30, 2011 by David Warth

Hello, Twitter Friends,


So, marathon running, yes? Yes, and I agree, it's a strange thing to do. But! A large part of the reason I've taken up this strange thing is to support the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I run with their team, Team In Training, which fundraises to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.


That's personally important to me, as Lymphoma killed a very good friend of mine.


In March I ran The New York City Half Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training, which raises funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.


I put an appeal out to my twitter followers to donate, if they liked. Honestly, knowing what I know about the internet, I didn't particularly expect much in return.


I was very wrong. You guys came up with $2133.60, torpedoing my goal of $1800. I cannot possibly thank you enough.


I ran the half in 2:17, by the by, which is no small thing, when you consider that at this time last year I made 'sedentary' look 'Richard Simmonsy.' I owe you guys a debt of gratitude for that, as well. Your generosity was a large part of what inspired me and kept my legs moving when I really wanted to stop.


And so, I became a crazy person who runs races, which I never in a million years expected to happen. I've spent the summer training, and in November I'll be running the full New York City Marathon, with TnT, in memory of my friend Ray. The day I run will be almost exactly a year since he lost his battle with lymphoma. I miss him a lot.


I know that most of the 40000ish of you who follow the antics of the squirrel have never met me. I know, as well, that times are really tight for money (hell, I'm unemployed). But I could not have been more pleasantly surprised and awed by the generosity shown by a group of people bound only by their enjoyment of an internet squirrel and their distaste for blood cancers.


If you can give, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. If you can't, thanks simply for reading, and following the squirrel. It means an enormous amount.


Much love,


-Dave

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so close to 2k!
Jul 06, 2011 by David Warth

(Just a sample of what you might get)


Hi guys, thanks for stopping by!

So, marathon running, yes? Yes, and I agree, it's a strange thing to do. But! A large part of the reason I've taken up this strange thing is to support the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I run with their team, Team In Training, which fundraises to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.


That's personally important to me, as Lymphoma killed a very good friend of mine.


In March I ran my first half marathon in his name, finishing in 2:17. I've decided to double down on both the physical exertion and the fundraising, and in November I'll be running the full New York City Marathon, in memory of my friend Ray. The day I run will be almost exactly a year since he passed. Ray was really great.


So far, you guys have helped me raise over 1700 dollars, which is awesome! To everyone who has given so far, thank you so much.



I have a fundraising goal of 2000 bucks by July 15th, which seems pretty doable, but in order to make that last 300 or so happen, I could use your help. As a bit of an incentive:


If you give any amount between now and the 15th, i'll text a weird photo* to you (or to the phone number of your choice). i promise that every photo i text will be completely original, one of a kind, and a little strange.**


So. Donating any amount gets one weird picture.

Donating 10 bucks gets 3.

25 dollars gets 10.

And donating more than that gets 10 pictures and a video.


As always, if you can give, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. If you can't, I understand, and my thanks simply for reading. It means an enormous amount.


-Dave



*weird, not gross.

**of course, if you'd rather i not send any weird pictures, but you still would like to donate, that is also perfectly acceptable.

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common_squirrel is running a marathon
May 24, 2011 by David Warth

Hello, Twitter Friends,


In March I ran The New York City Half Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training, which raises funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.


I put an appeal out to my twitter followers to donate, if they liked. Honestly, knowing what I know about the internet, I didn't particularly expect much in return.


I was very wrong. You guys came up with $2133.60, torpedoing my goal of $1800. I cannot possibly thank you enough.


I ran the half in 2:17, by the by, which is no small thing, when you consider that at this time last year I made 'sedentary' look 'Richard Simmonsy.' I owe you guys a debt of gratitude for that, as well. Your generosity was a large part of what inspired me and kept my legs moving when I really wanted to stop.


And so, I became a crazy person who runs races, which I never in a million years expected to happen, and I've decided to double down on the physical exertion and the fundraising. In November I'll be running the full New York City Marathon, through Team In Training, in memory of my friend Ray. The day I run will be almost exactly a year since he lost his battle with lymphoma. I miss him a lot.


I know that most of the 27000ish of you who follow the antics of the squirrel have never met me. I know, as well, that times are really tight for money (hell, I got laid off last week). But I could not have been more pleasantly surprised and awed by the generosity shown by a group of people bound only by their enjoyment of an internet squirrel and their distaste for blood cancers.


If you can give, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. If you can't, thanks simply for reading, and following the squirrel. It means an enormous amount.


Much love,

-Dave


PS: my job is keeping me on for a couple more weeks as part of this layoff, and I really have no reason to show up with anything like normal hair anymore. If I raise $1000 by Memorial Day (about a week from now), I'll go in on the 31st with a mohawk, and post pics to twitpic. Least I could do, I figure.

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Marathon Update
May 24, 2011 by David Warth

Hi friends,


I seem to have become a long distance runner. Those of you who've known me for some time know that this is hilarious.


But! A large part of the reason I've become this strange thing is to support the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and aid in fundraising efforts to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.


Lymphoma, you see, killed a very good friend of mine.


In March I ran my first half marathon in his name, finishing in 2:17, which is a pretty big deal for a guy whose previous encounters with exercise running were limited to the calories burned by caffeine jitters.


I've decided to double down on both the physical exertion and the fundraising.


In November I'll be running the full New York City Marathon, in memory of my friend Ray. The day I run will be almost exactly a year since he lost his battle with lymphoma. I miss him a lot.


So, I this is an appeal for your financial support. If you can give, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. If you can't, I understand, and my thanks simply for reading. It means an enormous amount.


-Dave

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common_squirrel runs a marathon
May 22, 2011

Hello, Twitter Friends,


In March I ran The New York City Half Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training, which raises funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.


I put an appeal out to my twitter followers to donate, if they liked. Honestly, knowing what I know about the internet, I didn't particularly expect much in return.


I was very wrong. You guys came up with $2133.60, torpedoing my goal of $1800. I cannot possibly thank you enough.


I ran the half in 2:17, by the by, which is no small thing, when you consider that at this time last year I made 'sedentary' look 'Richard Simmonsy.' I owe you guys a debt of gratitude for that, as well. Your generosity was a large part of what inspired me and kept my legs moving when I really wanted to stop.


And so, I became a crazy person who runs races, which I never in a million years expected to happen, and I've decided to double down on the physical exertion and the fundraising. In November I'll be running the full New York City Marathon, through Team In Training, in memory of my friend Ray. The day I run will be almost exactly a year since he lost his battle with lymphoma. I miss him a lot.


I know that most of the 27000ish of you who follow the antics of the squirrel have never met me. I know, as well, that times are really tight for money (hell, I got laid off last week). But I could not have been more pleasantly surprised and awed by the generosity shown by a group of people bound only by their enjoyment of an internet squirrel and their distaste for blood cancers.


If you can give, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. If you can't, thanks simply for reading, and following the squirrel. It means an enormous amount.


Much love,

-Dave


PS: my job is keeping me on for a couple more weeks as part of this layoff, and I really have no reason to show up with anything like normal hair anymore. If I raise $1000 by Memorial Day (about a week from now), I'll go in on the 31st with a mohawk, and post pics to twitpic. Least I could do, I figure.

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Supporter's Comments

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    "good luck! run squirrel, run! "
     

    justin beckett

    Sun May 22 12:45:44 EDT 2011

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    "run run run to beat cancer little squirrel! I don't know who you are, I don't know where you're from, and I don't know where you're going.. but we both share a common goal of beating cancer once and for all. Good luck to you and your cause!"
     

    Chad Allard

    Mon May 23 11:22:04 EDT 2011

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    "Good luck Ray! We're proud of you! -Red :)"
     

    Anonymous

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    "Punch cancer in the teeth, Wolfen!"
     

    Jeff Scherer

    Wed Jul 06 09:39:07 EDT 2011

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    "Yay Dave!"
     

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    Wed Jul 06 07:41:20 EDT 2011

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    "Have a good run and thanks for the day-brightening squirrel antics."
     

    John Lynch

    Fri Sep 30 11:21:26 EDT 2011

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    "You're badass, @common_squirrel!! <3"
     

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    Fri Sep 30 11:21:48 EDT 2011

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    "Hi David, I really respect what you're doing. I wish I could give more! Good luck and thank you."
     

    Anonymous

    Fri Sep 30 11:23:49 EDT 2011

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    "Last time you asked, I didn't donate and felt really cheap. That silly Twitter account never fails to make me chuckle, so this is overdue."
     

    R.T.

    Fri Sep 30 11:28:55 EDT 2011

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    "Good luck Dave!"
     

    Matt

    Fri Sep 30 11:29:52 EDT 2011

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    "Also in honor of Alex Pettigrew-a survivor. Thank you, Common Squirrel"
     

    Doggysmama

    Fri Sep 30 11:32:18 EDT 2011

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    "From another one of your squirrel followers."
     

    Dianne

    Fri Sep 30 11:34:43 EDT 2011

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    "You rock, Common Squirrel!! Keep fighting the good fight! \m/"
     

    Susan Scofield

    Fri Sep 30 11:35:25 EDT 2011

  •  
    "Go Squirrel Go!"
     

    kmarysmith

    Fri Sep 30 11:39:33 EDT 2011

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    "God blessings be upon you! "
     

    Brittney Loera

    Fri Sep 30 11:54:09 EDT 2011

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    "Lost my brother and my mother to cancer (different types). Just thought I'd pitch in a bit to help you reach your goal."
     

    Thomas Reed

    Fri Sep 30 12:14:09 EDT 2011

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    "Happy to be the one to put you over..... Reboot! :)"
     

    ecbremner

    Fri Sep 30 01:08:13 EDT 2011

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    "Thank you. A close one is dealing with leukemia and lymphoma right now. You are apprecaited."
     

    kadelopa

    Fri Sep 30 01:36:14 EDT 2011

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    "Run squirrel, run!"
     

    @GirlGuch & @mikegil

    Fri Sep 30 03:51:24 EDT 2011

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    "Glad to support a fellow runner in a good cause. Go, Squirrel, 26.2!"
     

    Patricia Rockwell

    Fri Sep 30 04:09:56 EDT 2011

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    "Good luck at New York! Cheers, DK"
     

    @kingsbury

    Fri Sep 30 09:00:03 EDT 2011

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