Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fundraising Email #1

Dear Family and Friends:

Happy April!  I hope this email finds you doing well and enjoying your spring.

As you know, for the last two years, I've been with Team in Training, participating in marathons to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society- to honor those who have won or lost their battles with blood cancer. 

The last time you received an email from me, I was preparing to run the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco.  With your help, we raised almost 14 million dollars, and the number of people who died each hour from blood cancers decreased by one.  So now each day, 24 lives are saved and it's all thanks to people like you- the generous contributors who graciously donate to fund research and ultimately find a cure.

This time I'm gearing up to run the San Diego Rock N' Roll Marathon, and I'm so excited to be representing Team in Training and LLS for my fourth event.  I've committed to raise $2,900 by May 1st (yes, that's a month from now) and I'm asking for your help yet again.

You may have heard me tell this story before, but it is the perfect snapshot of why I continue to fundraise: while I was running the Las Vegas Rock N' Roll Marathon (in my Team jersey), a man passed me, turned around and as he shook my hand he said "I have Leukemia, thank you so much for what you do".

To have a complete stranger approach you and let you know that they have been helped by your efforts, and that their life may be a bit better because of gives me goosebumps.  It also makes my determination that much stronger.

What a great example to show that your money gives hope to those patients and I am fortunate enough to represet the LLS because of your generosity.  Your donation could provide a patient transportation to their chemo treatment sessions, or a place for their family to stay if they are being treated out of town.  It could cover their insurance copays or pay for their treatment outright if they are not fortunate enough to have health insurance.  And now, more than ever, they really need your help.

Every dollar counts and no amount is too small (or too big!).  I know these hard economic times have affected us all, so thanks in advance for your help, and and Go Team!!


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