BENEFITING: MARLEYS MUTTS DOG RESCUE
ORGANIZER: MARLEYS MUTTS DOG RESCUE
EVENT: 2015 Chicago Marathon
EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2015
Hey, thanks for stopping by.
My name's Adam and this will be my first marathon. It's also my first fundraising attempt and I've got to say that there's a lot to learn. I thought I'd just have to show up and run, and the rest would be easy. Unfortunately, that's not the case. :)
Besides the training, dieting, and the overall intensity of preparing for a marathon there's the reality of having to raise money. I say "have to" because when they finally got the approval to run in the Chicago Marathon I was informed that I would have to give them a personal guarantee.
So, if I don't raise $3,000, I'll have to pay the difference myself. And that's not counting the fact that plane tickets, hotel, eating and transportation will be around $1,000 on top of that.
At this point I was so emotionally invested there was no way I could say no, right?
Now, this is where I was struggling. When I started I was all fired up to raise money for pups, I mean who doesn't want to do that? But through this process I felt more like a punched number than anything else.
It didn't matter if I raised money or not to the "team" as I was already guaranteeing them $3,000. So when I thought of asking for donations it felt more like I was raising money to knock out a debt then raising money for pups.
The truth is that I don't have $3,000. I had to borrow the money for the plane, hotel, and the rest, and I'm making monthly payments on that. So I was completely crapping my pants at the thought of not raising this money and totally disconnected to it being about pups. I've also been left to my own devices to figure this fundraising stuff out which had me sick to my stomach most of the time.
So why share all this on my fundraising page? Well, to be honest, the other day I decided to take full responsibility for my actions. And, more importantly, my promise and commitment to do my best to raise money for Marley's Mutts by running my ass off and sharing my fundraising page with everyone I can.
I started writing all this hyped up stuff about my passion for running and helping doggies and stuff like that. Which is all true, I love to run, and we have three beautiful dogs at home who light up my life every single day. Not to mention that MM is doing great things for dogs everywhere, and it's a wonderful cause.
I just couldn't get myself to use the sales copy BS to promote myself and hey, maybe it's a good thing to share what I'm experiencing. I can't be the only person with the fundraising blues.
These are all my thoughts and fears, I can't imagine I'm the only person who's felt like this. Either way, it feels good to air my frustrations because, in the end, I want to feel good about this whole experience.
If I don't raise all the money, I'll just have to make payments until it's paid in full, or go to fundraising debtors prison or something. Maybe I'll have to do the dishes at Marley's Mutts for 10 years. :) Not much I can do now except find a way to feel connected to this great cause, and it really is.
One way or another I had to turn the "stick" around from negative to positive and that's why I'm writing this. Whether I raise the money or not, I'm running in the Chicago Marathon! I've got my plane tickets and the hotel is booked.
I'm donating $3,000 -- hopefully with the help of amazing people like you -- to a non-profit organization that is on the cutting edge of finding new and creative ways to save dogs and humans alike. I'm one of those "throw away humans" myself, but that's another story.
Anyway, hopefully my honesty hasn't turned you off, but it felt like the right thing to do. The amazing part is that as soon as I finished editing this post my stomach stopped hurting and all the negativity associated with feeling trapped and afraid vanished.
I'm back to just being a guy who loves to run and wants to save some dogs' lives who don't deserve to be killed because nobody wants them.
I'm running this marathon for the mutts that have meant so much to me in my life, and for the mutts I'll never meet, but will get a second chance just because I'm running a marathon. What a gift that is.
If you'd like to be a part of my mission to save even one dog's beautiful life, then go ahead and click on the donate button and let's do this. We're in this thing together!
MARLEYS MUTTS DOG RESCUE wrote -
For the 3rd year in a row, we are running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! This is our second year as an Official Charity Partner of the Marathon, and we are thrilled to have almost tripled the number of runners on our team!
We are SO close to finally getting our dream: The Marley's Mutts Rescue Ranch! This facility will allow us to continue Rescuing Dogs, who Rescue People! Our scope of operations will expand to enable us to offer more programs that help our community, increase our Spay & Neuter Initiative, and change countless lives!