Valerie via Crowdrise
June 19, 2013
BENEFITING: Go2 Foundation For Lung Cancer
ORGANIZER: Go2 Foundation For Lung Cancer
EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2013
First and foremost, thank you for clicking through to this fundraising page. I know there are a lot of charities, fundraisers, and other friends and family members of yours that are likely asking you for money year round. You can now add me to this list.
I am raising money for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, benefiting lung cancer patients and research. As many of you who know me already know, my family and I lost my mother to lung cancer last year on February 6, 2012. She survived about one year from diagnosis. For everyone that knew her and went through the journey with us, it was really rough. And it still is.
Through it all, I think all of us were shocked to learn about lung cancer and how widespread it is. The prognosis is not a good one when diagnosed with lung cancer, for my mom in particular. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer, whether one is a smoker or not. Twice as many women die from lung cancer than breast cancer in the US. Still, for every $14 raised for breast cancer, only $1 is raised for lung cancer. I understand this is not a competition between many evils, but I think we can all benefit from a more even playing field as far as donations, funding, patient outreach, and research goes.
So I am asking you for money. In exchange, I'm going to run 13.1 miles on June 16, 2013 through San Francisco. Well, I'm going to jog slowly. Actually I don't even think you can call what I do "jogging," it is really some slow combination of walking and jogging. Wogging? That's probably the more appropriate term here. (I would run the full marathon but the "rules" require me to finish the same day I start.) My goal is to surpass raising $1,500. Please help me get there.
My mom was loved by everyone that met her. She was hilarious, a straight shooter, and incredibly loving and giving to her family. She kept in touch with so many of my friends that I lost touch with over the years, just because she cared. She found something to like in each and every person that crossed her path. She did not have an easy path in life but absolutely made the most of what she had. She was strong and very independent; somebody we can all look up to and asipre to be like one day. In the last year of her life, I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with her. We spent every weekend together, either out shopping, hitting up thrift stores and garage sales, going to casinos, or just watching NCIS or American Idol together. She was there when I found out I passed the bar exam, and I will never forget the incredible hug she gave me. She did so much for me as I grew up, from buying me all the fruit roll ups I could stomach as a kid to sending me $20 when I was broke in college. On her budget, these moments of giving for her were a real stretch. And so now I'm asking you to do the same.
This cause is really close to my family and I, and I truly want to make a difference. I know there are a lot of competing forces on all of your wallets nowadays, and I understand if you cannot afford to donate. But if you can, please consider donating to this cause. Bring your lunch to work one day or have happy hour at home instead of a local bar. Anything helps.
I'm really excited about raising money for the Lung Cancer Foundation. If you decide to donate, know that this is a great organization. 90% of all funds raised go to patients and research. They are truly dedicated to patients, being patient founded and funded.
If you have read this far and not given any money yet, please do! If you want or need more information, please let me know. And please, please pass this along to all of your friends, family, and acquaintances.
*If you do not want to donate through this page, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can arrange for the money to get to where it needs to without you needing to fill anything out.