As I mentioned yesterday, my friends and family have responded to my fundraising plea for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day with immense generosity. As a result, I was able to meet my fundraising minimum within two weeks of sending out my primary fundraising letter. In fact, I am currently sitting at $2680 (including two offline donations that haven’t posted yet), a number that blows my mind. Literally, all I have done to raise that money, besides raising awareness through my training, is send out fundraising letters. It is a testament to the size of the hearts of my donors that WE have raised that much money, so quickly.
Because I view this as a team effort from top to bottom, I wanted to acknowledge all of my donors to date in this public forum. No matter the size of the donation, all of them matter and all are appreciated. So please join me in thanking the following people for their commitment to the cause of ending breast cancer forever:
- Roger Sager – Thanks Dad!
- Mike and Kathy Cincotta – My incredible in-laws
- David and Claudia Reeves – Mom’s brother and sister-in-law
- Laurie and Larry Yaw – Mom’s sister and brother-in-law
- Robyn and Colin Fink – Cousins on my mom’s side and new parents of Awesome Calvin!
- Chumby and Lorelle Torkewitz – More cousins on Mom’s side
- Doug and Lydia Warfield – Mike’s maternal grandparents
- John and Pam Cincotta – Mike’s uncle and aunt
- Sam Cincotta and Janice Eaton – Mike’s other uncle and aunt
- Tom and Maureen Harrington – Not technically family, but basically Mike’s uncle and aunt
Mom’s former colleagues – some of the MOST generous people I know!
- Domenick Gambardella
- Brandi Hanback (and the Rockefeller Group who matched her donation)
- David and Laura Ostheimer
Friends (from all walks of life!)
- Andy Piazza – Race Chair for the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure and my first donor!
- Patrick and Amber Brown
- Amie and Justin Collins
- Bonnie Gartley – Go see her at Big Peach in Midtown if you need new running shoes!
- Tim Long
- Mike and Dawn Mazzanti – Some of my most dedicated supporters who ALWAYS come through for me!
- Sarah Merrill
- Tim and Janet Shoemaker
Fellow 3-Day Walkers (and friends, obviously!)
[I wanted to call these ladies out separately because they are all ALSO fundraising for their own 3-Day walks. Links to their fundraising pages are included!]
- Lisa Brewster – Walking in Philly, Atlanta, and San Diego AND crewing in Seattle! [PHEW!]
- Vanessa DeKoekkoek – Walking in San Diego plus she already walked in Michigan and crewed in Twin Cities
- Crystal Elster – Walking in Atlanta and hosting a fundraiser at the Sips-n-Strokes in Toco Hills here in Atlanta on September 25th (see you there!)
Many of these folks have left me incredibly touching words of encouragement and dedications for their donations. Bonnie donated in honor of her aunt and Sarah donated in honor of her grandmother, both of whom were breast cancer survivors. I am honored to walk for them, just as I walk for Mom, Marcia, and several others.
So, what happens now that I’ve reached my fundraising minimum? WE KEEP GOING. There are 33 days left for me to reach my personal fundraising goal of $5000. That means I need to average just over $70 per day until the walk steps off on October 16th. That’s not an insignificant challenge but one that I think is very much in reach. If you would like to help me reach this goal, you can do so by clicking here (or on the widget in the sidebar… or on the image at the bottom of this post… ). If you’d prefer to mail me a check, let me know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send the directions for how to do that.
You may have noticed that I didn’t post the amounts that any of my donors contributed to my fundraising cause. That is because I believe that all donations, regardless of size, are worth equal acknowledgement. A $20 donation from one person may reflect a week of skipped Starbucks just to be able to contribute while $100 from someone else may be a drop in the bucket. What matters is the commitment behind the donation, not the amount of it. A commitment to more breast cancer research that WILL save someone’s life. A commitment to better screening and treatment for those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to it. A commitment to improved education around cancer for all of us. I may be the one walking the miles, but all of us are a part of this movement. Thank you for taking this ride with me!
Click the image to visit my fundraising page and make a donation!