I totally need an assist here. First, I haven’t asked you yet (this week) to please vote for me in the Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks Awards. I’m up for Best Local Blog, Brooklyn chapter. Click this and then vote and then come back to me. Seriously. I’m in second place here. (Update: Their site seems really buggy right now and isn’t allowing some people to vote. Conspiracy? You be the judge. Anyway, every time you at least try, an angel gets his wings. And so.)
Bossy, huh? Well there’s more. I need to figure out a way to work up some cash. Many of my readers are also my brother’s readers (thanks for sharing, Fatty/Elden!), and know that he’s in the middle of a massive fundraising effort for the Livestrong Challenge Event. There are four cities that it takes place in: Seattle, San Jose, Philly and Boston. However, you don’t have to live in any of these cities to participate. So I up and joined San Jose’s team a long time ago, and haven’t done anything since.
Then my brother got this guy, Mathew, to become a team captain for San Jose and he started sending out emails with suggestions on how to raise funds. First, Mathew totally rocks and will from now on be MY team captain no matter what type of team I’m on. He is my new Life Team Captain. He successfully kicked in the instinct to pick my fight with cancer. Cancer has bulldozed its way into my life in so many ways: Anson’s brother died of Leukemia. My sister had Melanoma. My father had Prostate Cancer. My father’s wife had Breast Cancer. My grandmother died from Breast Cancer. My mother’s husband had bout after bout of various skin cancers. One of my best friends from High School lost her 12-year-old son to Cancer. A reader reached out to me to help one of her young students battling Cancer. And then of course, there is my sister-in-law, Susan, who continues to win every day, but has been badly abused by Cancer.
So instead of saying “I wish there were something I could do to help….” and then moving on to my own life, I’ve got to stop. I’m stopping right now to say the only thing I know to do is to try to help my brother’s team, Team Fatty, reach their goal of raising $500,000 to fight Cancer. Elden and his team have already raised $214,522 (as of this writing), which is amazing. I’d like to ask all of my readers to help me raise that number.
This is the
Part Where I Ask for your Help
The reasons I don’t donate to things, even when I believe in them are probably the same reasons you don’t. I won’t list them because they’re all so trivial. I’m asking you to put those reasons aside now, take the 30 seconds it takes to click on this link and give my personal fundraising page for Team Fatty what you can. Five bucks. Twenty, thirty, one hundred, or one million gives you the right to say you have picked your fight with Cancer. I’m starting at $0.00 today. (Update: Actually I sent out some preview emails last night to my friends who responded with amazing generosity. So I’m starting at $725.00). Tomorrow it will be better. That’s all I want.
And now for your suggestions: what do you think would be an effective way to raise money locally? I was thinking a benefit dinner at a local restaurant. Anyone have experience with that? I’m wondering if the amount you pay out is worth what you bring in. Raffles seem to be successful for the old Fatster, so maybe that’s an idea. If you want to help me think of a way to do this, please leave me a comment, or send me an email. If you live in the NY area and you want to help me put something together, drum up support, or donate something to a fundraising event say so!
I do believe in this. I definitely and defiantly believe that the only way to show our support of our loved ones battling Cancer is to step-up and do this. Thanks citizens.