We're now at 91% of our goal of $3000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!! Looks like I'll be going bald for sure!
Also, I'm at 70% of my goal of $15,000 for our Great Strides Walk which takes place in a little more than a month!!!
Thanks so much to everyone who is partnering with me to support blood cancer research through the LLS and a search for the cure for Cystic Fibrosis through the CFF!! I continue to be amazed and humbled by how kind and generous total "strangers" can be.
A commenter pointed out earlier today that I seem to be spending a lot of time recently with fund-raising, and asked if I could "get back to the good old days" of just blogging about life and family, when I wasn't "asking for money all the time". Yeah...well, just a few thoughts...
1) If you want me to really "get back to the good old days", you'll notice that 10 out of 40 of my posts from last September (the first month that this blog was in existence) talked about fund-raising for CFF and/or organ donation. That's 25%. My average (of posts related to fund-raising efforts) over the entire existence of this blog is about 20%. You do the math...
2) Life flows in cycles. I, for one, am incredibly thankful that I can spend more time blogging about fun and world changing things like CFF and LLS instead of what I ate for lunch in the hospital... If you're not into what I'm blogging about this week, but you sure did love me last week, just show a little patience, because I promise it will come back around. It just so happens that our Great Strides Walk is upcoming in five weeks, and my wife is experiencing the effects of her first round of CHOP, all in the same short time-span...it's a natural thing that I'll be spending more time than usual talking about fund-raising.
3) Fund-raising is a HUGE part of my life now. You want me to blog about my life...well, here it is!!! You find yourself married to a CF, TX, cancer, diabetes, etc. patient and then try to tell me that I should stop blogging about fund-raising and just "blog about my life". If you don't like my life, don't read it! Simple. I blog about what I'm passionate about, and I'm passionate about helping my wife and the millions of others affected by these health issues. Unfortunately, that means talking about finances at times...some people find that uncomfortable...those are just the facts of life.
My blog readers are incredibly generous and compassionate people. I never demand or expect anyone to come with me, but I'll always extend the invitation to people to become passionate about the things I'm passionate about, whether that means giving monetarily, praying, offering encouragement, or simply becoming more educated. Anyone who continually comes back to read about our journey is my hero, no matter how involved they become. The fact that the extreme majority of people who read my blog are totally supportive says a lot about what I blog about.
Neither have I ever tried to take advantage of the fact that I have so many readers. Yes, the fact that thousands of people read my blog every day does shape my blogging to a certain extent, but I'd still be blogging about all of this stuff even if I was still having 50 hits/day (like I was in Sept.)...I might just be asking for $300 instead of $3000. However, I do realize that I've been given a platform, and, with the help of those who are willing and able, I can use that platform to do good things for a lot of people.
So, once again, Tricia and I say THANK YOU! to the thousands of you who read and, through your words, actions, and even silence, show my family and I (and the thousands of others who find themselves in similar situations) unconditional love and support. We wouldn't be here without you!
PS. I encourage you to read through the comments sometime...the stories that others share in the comments are no less inspiring than our own.