Saturday, March 2, 2013
The Art of Fundraising
I am sitting on my couch, contemplating my 16 mile training run tomorrow. My stomach is WAY too full of cake from my dear friend’s baby shower. Not the best way to fuel a run, but I can never resist a dessert buffet.
At this very moment, Marathon Monday is exactly 1 month: 12 days: 12 hours away. I set out to raise $15,000 and am only 1/5 of the way there. If my math is correct. Which it often is not. Needless to say, I need to get my fundraising pants on and get to work!
I chose $15K as my fundraising goal because last year I raised over $13K and know that it is possible. Rounding up to the next “5” seemed like an obvious place to go for 2013. Now, I need to figure out exactly how to get there. What is the perfect art to fundraising?
In the past, I have peppered your inboxes with messages. I have blogged. I have written quippy status updates. All with the intention of drawing people into my story. My love for my mom. My admiration for little Jonathan Smyth. My rainbows sightings.
Listen, I realize that everyone has a cause that is close to their heart. And I am imposing mine on to you. My cause is Innovative Cancer Research. Research by the brightest, most creative scientists out there working hard to treat and eventually eliminate cancer once and for all.
I know you have your cause. But if you have ever known anyone to suffer the effects of cancer, please consider making a donation to my Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. Dollar amounts add up, so don’t fret about the number. My daughter Charlotte has a paper bag with the words “Fight Cancer” on it, full of loose change. That seems like a great place to start.