We are now just under three weeks out from the AllState 13.1 Atlanta Half Marathon, which means that it is time for a little fundraising update!
To date, solely through the power of social media, I have raised $234.30 towards my goal of raising $1000 for the American Cancer Society, which is a fantastic start. Early donations make all of the difference when it comes to fundraisers like this. They give me hope and momentum that keeps me pushing to raise more money and I personally think that these early donations add legitimacy to my fundraiser, possibly encouraging others to make donations as well. So, to everyone who has donated so far, THANK YOU.
In particular, I have to recognize my four generous donors by name: Andy Carr, Faren Shear, Kate Jackson and her family, and Dawn Mazzanti and her family. All four of these wonderful folks not only donated to my #Run4Results fundraiser, but they have ALL donated to at least one of my other fundraisers this year as well. Dawn, in fact, has donated to all three fundraisers that I’ve run this year. Even more astonishingly, Faren, Kate, and Dawn are all fundraising for their own events this year too, which makes their generosity extra meaningful to me (clicking their names will take you to their fundraisers). So again, THANK YOU, to each of you for getting the ball rolling for me for this fundraiser!
I also wanted to take a minute and give a shout out to Cheryl Pochapin, who read my #Run4Research Lessons Learned post last week and was moved to make a late donation to that fundraiser. Cheryl is ALSO currently fundraising for her own event (and again, clicking her name will take you to her fundraiser). With Cheryl’s donation, my #Run4Research fundraising total has just barely edged out my #Run4Results fundraising total to date, with a total of $235 raised for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. So thank you Cheryl!
As for my own ongoing fundraising efforts, my overall goal still stands at $1000. However, I would be thrilled to reach my intermediate goal of $750 by race day, which is Sunday, October 6th. That means I’ll have to work a little harder to keep the donations rolling in, but if you’ve read this post about my less than successful #Run4Research, then you know that I’m already planning to do just that. So that’s the target I’m aiming at: $750 by race day!
To get there, I will be sending out my fundraising letters THIS WEEK to let my non-social media inclined friends and family know about my efforts. If you don’t get one, either via email or snail mail, let me know and I’ll send you the information. I’m also going to be posting my first piece about why I chose to focus my efforts on ACS. Hopefully between the two, I can really start to bring in the donations. If not, I’m going to have to start thinking about other fundraisers I can run and other sponsors I can bring on board. Stay tuned!
Finally, in addition to my 75% by race day goal, I would LOVE to get to $300 by the end of this week. If I can get to the $300 threshold, ACS will send me a DetermiNation singlet to wear for my race, giving me the opportunity to continue to draw attention to this great organization. I’m just $66 away from reaching this benchmark – can you help me get there today?
Please click on the image above to visit my fundraising page and make your donation!