Hello…… friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues and those I haven’t seen or spoken to in a very long time,
I have some exciting news… as well as a big request! Sit tight, I’ll be quick.
A few weeks ago I did something crazy, impulsive, irrational and potentially life-damaging. I signed up to run a half-marathon. Why did I do this? Because while I’m seeing-stars, panting in the NYC humidity and moaning about shin splints and runner’s knee, you’ll all be donating to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) to help further the research that saves the lives of those diagnosed with blood and lymphatic cancers.
Yep! That’s the catch.
I signed up to run the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco with the LLS’s Team in Training (TNT) — a charity program that trains participants for marathons, triathlons and cycling events to raise money for LLS. Running a long-distance event for charity is something I always wanted to do, but let’s be honest, running 13 miles is kind of intimidating. Up until last week I had never run more than a 5K (3.1 miles), and after last week, I’ve still never run more than 5 miles. But I have faith that I’ll get there — the TNT coaches have trained nearly half a million people for sport endurance events. But in return for promising to train me to run properly, take care of my body and increase my endurance, I promised to raise $3,200.
LLS donations fund research for cancer treatments and provide patients access to clinical trials, among other things. Leukemia often affects children. As I learned from LLS, the five-year survival rate for leukemia has tripled since the 1960’s thanks to the research that has gone into the disease. Unfortunately it was only at 55% in 2006 — and for the parent of a child with Leukemia, that’s not enough! (Check out LLS’s Boys & Girls of the year. The boys especially are SOOO CUTE!) In order to keep this email a readable length, I’ll shut up and let you read more about why I’m running on my LLS DONATION PAGE!!!, and about my running on my personal blog: Soul Accessories/Running With TNT
Ok, now the sales pitch! You know you want to donate. Even if you hated charities or were pro-cancer (scary thought!), you’d still want to donate to support my run… the question is then “how” and “how much…” right?
You can make it easy…
1. Head straight over to my DONATION PAGE!!! and put in the magic 16-digit number.
2. Send me a check made out to the “The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society” (email me for a pre-stamped and addressed envelope — I’ll collect them all and mail them in together so I can be sure they are applied to my run).
NOTE: Many companies will match charity donations. PLEASE check with your company to see if they will double your donation. All it takes it a question from you and LLS will get twice as much on behalf of me!
Or get more creative…
1. Sponsor my mileage. Pick a week (beginning in July) and for every mile I run that week, donate an amount… say, $3 a mile.
2. Get on my playlist. Do you have an awesome song to run to? Donate $5 and I’ll add download it and add it to the top of my playlist. Another $2 will get you a second song!
3. Logo me up! Have your own business or brand? Or know someone else looking for some publicity? Donate bit and I’ll put your logo on my training gear and wear it around town. I do a lot of running on the Jones Beach boardwalk — and we know how crowded that can get. Oh, and I also run slow, so you’ll get a lot of air time! (Obviously I’d like to check out your business/brand beforehand so I can talk about it when people ask me!)
4. Let’s make a bargain. Throwing a party or gathering and need some sweet treats? I’ll bake your treats; you donate to my race. (I’m a pretty decent baker.)
5. Mini donations! Your paycheck have small figures? Mine does too! How about donating $10 a month? By event time, you’ll be one of my top donors (there may be prizes!)
And PLEASE… Spread the word. Tell people about me! So many people have been personally affected by this disease. Let them support a cause important to them. Send this email on to everyone and anyone, and spread the word around your office. You never know who it affects personally. I often get emails from friends and family, forwarded from their friends and family. Some of them are important and I am so grateful to show my support!
Stay tuned for more… there will be lots of upcoming fundraising events as well. I will be hosting happy hours, sporting events, raffles and other events still in the works!