At long last, my fundraising letters for my #Run4Results fundraiser benefitting the American Cancer Society have gone out to my friends and family – 120 of them, in fact. In the event that I have missed someone who would like to see what I wrote, the general text of my letters is posted below. If you are fundraising for your own event, please feel free to use my letter as a template for your own donation requests.
Dear friends and family,
This is it – my third and final running fundraiser of 2013. In March, I ran for the ROC, my mom’s oncology center in Syracuse, New York. In July, I ran for research with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This time, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m running for RESULTS.
Not my results, of course, although those will be on my mind throughout this process. Instead, I will be running for the results that have been and will continue to be achieved by the American Cancer Society. ACS has been a stalwart in the universal fight against cancer and I am thrilled to be running for them at the Atlanta Marathon 10 Miler here in Atlanta as part of their DetermiNation program.
At the beginning of this year, I pledged to run three big races and to raise money for three organizations working to end breast cancer that I believe in. Some of you have been following along as I have pursued these goals, both through my personal blog, www.RunningForMore.com, and through social media. Others may just be hearing of this journey I’ve been on now, as I near the end. But now I need everyone’s support to finish these last miles and reach this last fundraising goal.
To date, I have run over 680 miles, including two half marathons. I’ve been training, racing, and fundraising all year. As I put in the miles for my next 10-mile race, I am asking once again for your help. Please consider sponsoring my Run for Results (as I have named this fundraiser) by making a donation to the American Cancer Society today. As with my previous big races this year, I have set my goal for this race at $1000. This is a big goal, but one that I think we can achieve, together. I’ll do the running. You just need to make a donation. You don’t even need to put on your sneakers and you can be part of my team!
To support me in my Run For Results, simply click the red “Donate” button on my personal DetermiNation site, which can be found at:
The American Cancer Society also accepts donations via snail mail. If you would prefer to make your donation this way, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional instructions.
For my previous races, I’ve given suggestions of amounts for you to consider donating. This time around, I’m just asking that you give whatever amount feels right to you. One person with deep pockets will not fund the ultimate victory against cancer. That victory will come because each of us, in our own way, came together and gave what we could, no matter how small. So that is what I am asking for from you – a donation, no matter how small. Together, we will help the American Cancer Society achieve the results they strive for every day – a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Once you have made your donation, please click over to my personal site, www.RunningforMore.com in order to follow along during my training. I’ve been writing weekly recaps so that you can track every sweaty mile that I run. I will also be writing regular posts over the next few weeks highlighting some of the great work that the American Cancer Society does every day so that you can see exactly where your money is going.
The American Cancer Society is truly fighting the fight against cancer on all fronts. They fund critical research on the causes of cancer, how best to prevent it, and better and more effective cures. They provide helpful information for newly diagnosed individuals and their friends and family about exactly what cancer is and what they can expect throughout treatment. They provide additional patient support including rides to treatment, the phenomenal Hope Lodges, and connections to support groups around the country. Through their ACS CAN advocacy branch, they work to promote local and national policies designed to eliminate cancer as a national health problem. Like I said, ACS does a little bit of everything. And ACS gets RESULTS.
As I said above, please donate whatever amount is right for you. This is my third fundraiser of the year. I would not be coming to you again if I did not believe in this cause and this organization. While I will be striving for my best possible results in the Atlanta Marathon 10 Miler this October, it is more important to me to achieve success with this fundraiser. Please consider donating today and being a part of this effort. In October, as I cross that finish line, we can celebrate all of our results together – results that will help turn the tide against cancer forever.
Thank you so much for your continued support!
Kristen Sager Cincotta
Since sending these letters earlier this afternoon, I have already received two additional donations, bringing my fundraising total to more than $500 – halfway to my goal of $1000. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the link within my letter or on the image at the bottom of this post. Thanks again everyone!!
Please click on the image above to visit my fundraising page and make your donation!