Monday, August 14, 2006

Only ONE blister!!!!

Well, the 3-Day Walk is behind me. Today I feel a bit of a letdown, after it being such a huge part of the past 6 months. With fundraising, training, gathering gear, and psyching myself up for so long...what will I do with myself now? (KNIT????)

This was such an INCREDIBLE experience. Here is a shot of us all starting out our long (often painful, always uplifting and definitely worth it) journey just past sunrise on Friday morning. I will be doing a separate blog about the entire journey, and will post a link to it here.I have lots of pictures!

I want to thank all of you, so much, for your donations to my (and Kim's) fundraising efforts. Also for the moral support offered. It really means a lot to both of us.

The Michigan 3-Day Walk has brought in 5.9 MILLION dollars so far....with still a month to go for funds to come in. AMAZING. We done good, huh?

Friday, August 04, 2006

Down to the Wire

Ok, people, here's the deal. I'm really not comfortable doing this, but I'm getting desperate. I'm going to start pleading and begging. No guilt trips, but just putting things into persepective a bit.

One week from today is the first day of the Michigan 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk. We are scheduled to walk over 21 miles that first day. Same for Saturday. Sunday will be a mere 17 or so miles. Hopefully not in the scorching heat we've all been experiencing lately. (After walking all day, we sleep in 6'x6' pup tents lined up next to each other ...literally touching each other...on a football field somewhere along the route. )

Anyway.... a long walk ahead for daughter Kim...our other 3 teammates, and thousands of others who will walk with us next weekend. And thousands of others walking several different weekends across the country.

We each have to raise $2,200 to walk. We started raising money back in February. Our team has had several large fundraisers and have done fairly well. But we still don't quite have all the money we need. We have another 4 weeks after the walk to come up with any donations we need to get to our $2200.00 goal. If we don't, we must donate the balance ourselves.

SO...I need about $400. I've noticed a very large amount of hits on my blog in the past week or so. LOTS more than 400 of you have come to visit. Perhaps to read about my exciting day listening to Stephanie/Yarn Harlot. Whatever brought you here, you're here now, and all I'm asking for is a dollar. One little dollar. From each of you. Really....that's all.

That's about 1/20 of a pair of Addi Turbos
It's a couple dozen yards of really nice yarn
It's 1/4 of a coffee shop latte
It's 1/5 of a movie rental or 1/10 of a movie theater ticket

It's a drop in the bucket. I need about 400 more drops. Will you help? Please?

Is someone you know a breast cancer survivor?

Is someone you know battling breast cancer right now?

Have you lost someone to breast cancer?

Help me fight this horrible disease.
It touches all of us.
It threatens all of us.

So go on, click that pink ribbon over there on the top of my side bar. Just donate a dollar.

*UPDATE: I didn't realize, when I wrote this post, that there is a $5.00 minimum online donation. I apologize. But I still could use your $5.00 donations. Maybe your dollar and a dollar from 4 of your friends. Whatever works for you. No pressure :-)
I thank you in advance...

and HEY!

As just a little added incentive...I'll make this into a contest. There will be a prize. Every person who donates from this time until Sept. 13 will be entered into a drawing. A $5.00 donation will get you an entry. Every dollar on top of that will get you another entry. OK? Is it a deal?

And spread the word...tell your friends and fellow bloggers. Post the link in your blog if you want. I won't mind...really :-)

PS. If you see that my total has gotten to $2,200.00 by the time you come to donate, please click on "MY TEAM PAGE" and then click on Kim's donation page and give your $5 to her fund. You will still be entered into the contest. (She actually has more money raised than is showing in her total right now, but still needs about $800...$400...and I wouldn't be totally opposed to you giving $5 to both of us...would that be asking too much? You decide. I'm not going to ask...but if you are inclined to do so.....)

(and if you donate to Kim, please drop me an email and let me know, and the amount, so you can get your entries for the contest!)

Come back in about 10 days to read about my journey. I expect this will be an incredible, life changing experience.

If you live in the Metro Detroit area, you really should think about showing up at Opening Ceremonies (Stoney Creek Metro Park), Closing Ceremonies (Metropolitan Beach park) or one of the cheering stations along the way. The cheering stations will be in Shelby and Sterling Heights on Friday, Roseville and Fraser on Saturday, Clinton Township and Mt. Clemens on Sunday. It will move you. You might be inspired to join the walk next year. If you happen to witness the sea of pink this weekend....honk and wave! Email me for the locations of the cheering stations if you're interested!