As I go to press with this post that has been looming in my psyche for days, I hear the muffled sighs and rolling of eyes. Or, maybe that’s me.
Most of my friends and family know that I’m fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s all over this blog. I started fundraising accidentally in 2009, and also accidentally found out that my Grandfather also died from a blood cancer. Thus, my new love for TNT.
It was easier in 2009. I was fresh. Fundraising was fun.
Last fall, I definitely wanted to run the Nike Women’s (Half) Marathon for that Tiffany, and didn’t get the lottery draw, so I joined TNT again. One heel injury, and vertigo spells later, I had to bow out, with $800 to the good. I definitely wanted to finish what I started for SF, and found out that San Luis Obispo was also a TNT race. WOW. Rollover complete!
This is not a lottery race. It’s fairly cheap, and I could buy my way in. I don’t have to continue to raise the money. At $2550, I think of how much MORE I have to raise to run with the team.
It’s tough times. I am in a forever non-foreclosing house, making near poverty level, hanging on to rickety pickets on my fence, propping up my back fence with 2 by 4s, broken bits and pieces of the house held together with duct tape. Seriously. Why would I take on fundraising in times like this? Why not just pay for the marathon, and be done with it.
Because I know that kids who have leukemia have a 97% chance of living now. From the FACTS brochure: (my words…and my stellar chart-reading skills)
- If you had Myeloma in 1960, you had a 12% survival rate. Now? 41%
- A kid with Hodgkins? In 1960, 40% chance…now…86%
- Every 4 minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with a blood cancer. By the time it took me to run my 5 miles today, 14 people were diagnosed. Every FOUR MINUTES.
- Myeloma rarely occurs in people under 45.
- LLS has awarded $814 MILLION in research grants. MILLION. That’s a lotta zeroes, people.
So. I have $900 more to raise. I have a football pool. I am trying not to bug you. It’s a bitch to raise money in these times. People don’t want to see me coming. I usually think, why would I want to do this? I HATE asking people for money.
Then, I think about my Grandpa. How I was the first born grand-daughter of the Bon Bon Ice Cream Machine inventor. How, when I was in 6th grade, and he was so sick, and I had my new Simon & Garfunkle album, my mother rushed in to tell me not to play the Rock and Roll. And. He said. “Dee Dee, let her play that song…” He loved Bridge over Troubled Water. I am the Silver Girl, and I think of him every day. I like to think that every time I hear it, he’s in heaven, smiling.
Chances are, he never would have seen my sons. But. He might have seen me graduate from college, or be the first one in our family to get a Master of Science degree. He might have been at my wedding. Or my other wedding.
So. I raise money in his memory.
Please don’t think I’m playing on your sympathy. I hate that mushy shit. However, if it moves you to donate…even $5, then that’s awesome. I often get hit up for fundraising. I take my little check and let it roll into a $10 donation. I’m embarrassed that I can’t give more, but I can’t.
So. Go to the raffle on the top of the blog, and let your money play a game. $1000 will be donated to TNT, and the LLS. I will do the same for you, if you only ask.