ginger: (3-day training)
Item the first:

I promised all along that for every $10 donated via LJ, I would put the donor's name into a prize drawing. So today, I did the drawing. (I rounded up, by the way, so a $25 donation still got 3 entries.)

randomization method behind here, for the curious )

Special mention to [livejournal.com profile] sheeplass, who knitted and donated a lovely lace shawl as a drawing prize.

The winners!

Receiving the above-referenced lovely lace Irish Diamond shawl: [livejournal.com profile] emmacrew!!
Receiving a gift certificate to Amazon.com: [livejournal.com profile] nikolaithewolf!!
Receiving a gift certificate to KnitPicks: [livejournal.com profile] tyche!!

Nik, please let me know what email address you want yours to go to - Jillie, I have your address, and Emma, either we can figure out a handoff or I can drop it in the mail (along with a book of yours that I've had for quite some time!) this week. :)

Item the second:
Nothing big, just amusement - I'm wearing my 3-Day victory shirt today, and I got the email notifying me that next year's walk (Sept 7-9, 2007) is scheduled this afternoon. I know at one point I said definitely not ever again - however, I'm thinking about it. Especially since there's a reasonable chance I'd have a walking partner (edit: or two!).
ginger: (3-day training)
Tomorrow morning, I show up at Marymoor Park at 5:30am. And then I walk until I can't walk no more. (Or until they tell me to stop.)

So far, donations from 38 people have totaled $2375. I've been thrilled and amazed at the support from my friends and family, and even more from complete strangers who just got my information forwarded from someone else. My fundraising minimum has been met and exceeded - I'd like to keep going though. At this point, anything further raised goes straight into research and development - none of it will be going to administrative costs. Anyone who'd like to make a last-minute donation can do so here.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women, and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. Currently, one million women in the U.S. have the disease and probably won’t know about their potentially fatal illness for another five to eight years. Breast cancer has challenged 2 million survivors in the U.S. Increased awareness means more survivors. I’m glad to say that I don’t know of any family members or friends who have been affected by breast cancer. I’m taking on this challenge and doing what I can to hopefully keep it that way. However, you may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and I would be proud to walk in their honor or memory.

Anybody local who's interested, information about the cheering stations and closing ceremonies can be found here.

I will be posting updates sporadically from the SK, but probably not more than once or twice a day, as I'll not be able to charge it during the weekend, so it'll be off most of the time.

Wish me luck, y'all. I'm scared and nervous and excited all at once. :)
ginger: (3-day training)
On the 3-Day route:

The route will pass through eight different city jurisdictions, showcasing a variety of neighborhoods, downtowns and scenic trails. From Marymoor Park, we will travel through the beautiful city of Redmond into Kirkland, where their downtown association will welcome us with a city "Painted in Pink". We will make our way into Unincorporated King County for camp. We will travel uphill to our beautiful campsite that is sure to make the walkers feel that they have returned "home" after their long journey.

On Day Two walkers will travel through Kenmore, then enter Bothell. We will experience the lovely Sammamish River/Burke Gilman Trail for a portion of this day and pass through Woodinville. After a couple miles of trail, we will exit the path and make our way towards the downtown area of Bothell. The second half of the day showcases the quaint neighborhoods of Bothell and returns the walkers to Kenmore for their final stretch back into camp.

Day Three the walkers will find themselves mesmerized by the beauty of Lake Washington as they make their way around the Northwest side of the lake through Lake Forest Park on the Burke Gilman Trail. Following the lakeshore, we will enter Seattle and leave the route for a pit stop at one of the city's many parks. After lunch, we will head to one of Seattle's most scenic neighborhoods with views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. We will make our way downhill onto the Burke Gilman Trail where we are sure to find plenty of shade. We will leave the trail for a couple of pit stops, but then return for the final stretch of the route. After leaving the trail for the last time, we will make our way into Closing Ceremonies at the beautiful University of Washington.

Please note that the exact route is still being finalized and subject to change.


The walk starts five weeks from tomorrow, on August 25th.

Blogathon 2006 is a week from this coming Saturday, on July 29th. Please consider sponsoring me.

Regular donations are always welcome.
ginger: (3-day training)
Six weeks from right now, I'll be about halfway through the first day of the 60-mile Seattle 3-Day fundraising walk for breast cancer research.

Thanks to lots of support from family and friends, and even some complete strangers, I have met and exceeded my minimum fundraising amount of $2200. From here on out, anything more that I raise goes straight to research. No administrative costs, no paying the executives - straight to funding the research.

I've signed up to do Blogathon 2006 - starting at 9am EST (6am for me) on Saturday, July 29th, I'll be staying up and posting every half hour for 24 hours to raise more money for the 3-day. If you haven't yet, or even if you have and want to do more, please consider sponsoring me.

Official Blogathon sponsorship needs to be done through that link, and is a good way to go if you don't think I'll make the full 24 hours and/or want to make a per-hour or per-post donation - by sponsoring me directly through Blogathon, after the 24 hours are over, you will be notified as to how long I made it and directed where to make your donation. By sponsoring through Blogathon, you do not make your donation until after the 24 hours are over.

However, as always, direct donations are welcomed through my direct 3-day donation page.

Fellow Blogathon-ers: Shout-outs to [livejournal.com profile] missysedai, blogging for the National Kidney Foundation, [livejournal.com profile] knitmeapony blogging for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (link to come as soon as she provides it?) and [livejournal.com profile] shadesong, blogging for RAINN.
ginger: (3-day training)
Pondering Blogathon 2006 to funnel into my 3-day fundraising. I dunno though - I haven't stayed up for 24 hours straight in QUITE a while. :)
ginger: (3-day fundraising)
At the end of 2005, I decided that my New Year’s resolution was going to be getting in better shape. Pretty standard, right? So I got myself a treadmill for Christmas and started walking. Then in early February, I started hearing radio ads for the Seattle Breast Cancer 3-Day – a sixty-mile fundraising walk. And I thought to myself, “That would be one heck of a goal – and for a good cause, too.”

So I’ve decided to make my New Year’s resolution important for people beyond just myself. Over three days this August, I will be walking 60 miles in the Breast Cancer 3-Day. This walk will be much more than “just a walk” – it will be raising money to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

My personal challenge began on February 25. It will culminate when thousands of other individuals and I take those final steps on Sunday, August 27. Over the next several months, I will be spending many, many, many hours in training and helping to spread the word about breast cancer awareness.

I have committed to raising $2,200 in order to participate in this walk, but I can’t do it alone - I’m asking you to help me out. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me achieve this goal. I’ll be doing all the walking...all you need to do is fill out the form on this website. Consider foregoing one evening out and spending the money on a cause that will affect someone you love or know in your lifetime. You know the amount that is right for you.

So far, donations from 37 people have totaled $2270. I've been thrilled and amazed at the support from my friends and family, and even more from complete strangers who just got my information forwarded from someone else. My fundraising minimum has been met and exceeded - I'd like to keep going though. At this point, anything further raised goes straight into research and development - none of it will be going to administrative costs.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women, and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. Currently, one million women in the U.S. have the disease and probably won’t know about their potentially fatal illness for another five to eight years. Breast cancer has challenged 2 million survivors in the U.S. Increased awareness means more survivors. I’m glad to say that I don’t know of any family members or friends who have been affected by breast cancer. I’m taking on this challenge and doing what I can to hopefully keep it that way. However, you may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and I would be proud to walk in their honor or memory.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that you’ll share in this incredible adventure with me. Please contact me if you have any questions or would prefer to donate via check/regular mail, and feel free to forward this on to anyone you know who may be interested.

If you know of someone you'd like to send it to, but don't want to risk "outing" your own LJ, I'm mirroring all my fundraising and training posts on a different journal that's embedded into my website at http://3day.copperspiral.net - no need to friend that one, everything there will be going here too in some fashion, I just don't necessarily want my grandmother reading my LJ :)

I'll be reposting this on the first Monday of every month between now and then. Donations can be one-time or as many times as you want, and in fact, a larger donation can be split up over two or four months.

There are prizes! Every $10 worth of donations will get the name of the donor dropped in a hat for a prize drawing, as will any cross-posts I see*, though the prizes are yet undetermined.

Thank you, guys. This means a lot to me.

*If I don't comment on a cross-post, poke me.
ginger: (school)
I got 95% on two of my midterms and a 98% on the third.

Took three finals last night, and will be taking the other three on Friday.

Mostly hermiting this weekend, aside from lunch on Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] pixelwench's silent auction and bake sale, and picking Ari up from the airport Sunday night, unless I manage to finish all my homework and studying by Saturday night, at which point I might venture out of the house on Sunday. Alternately, I might lounge around in my pyjamas and read something other than a medical terminology textbook for most of the day, or keep crackin' on the sweater I've been working on.

I'll also get back in the swing of walking and updates after finals...I've been terrible. *facepalm*
ginger: (3-day fundraising)
And in further improvements of today over yesterday:

Through the contributions of 38 people so far, 30 of whom either read my LJ or were directed toward my fundraising by people who read my LJ...

My fundraising goal minimum for the 3-Day is met and exceeded.


You people rock. I have raised my goal.

So this doesn't mean I'm going to stop mentioning it! :)
ginger: (3-day fundraising)
At the end of 2005, I decided that my New Year’s resolution was going to be getting in better shape. Pretty standard, right? So I got myself a treadmill for Christmas and started walking. Then in early February, I started hearing radio ads for the Seattle Breast Cancer 3-Day – a sixty-mile fundraising walk. And I thought to myself, “That would be one heck of a goal – and for a good cause, too.”

So I’ve decided to make my New Year’s resolution important for people beyond just myself. Over three days this August, I will be walking 60 miles in the Breast Cancer 3-Day. This walk will be much more than “just a walk” – it will be raising money to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

My personal challenge began on February 25. It will culminate when thousands of other individuals and I take those final steps on Sunday, August 27. Over the next several months, I will be spending many, many, many hours in training and helping to spread the word about breast cancer awareness.

I have committed to raising $2,200 in order to participate in this walk, but I can’t do it alone - I’m asking you to help me out. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me achieve this goal. I’ll be doing all the walking...all you need to do is fill out the form on this website. Consider foregoing one evening out and spending the money on a cause that will affect someone you love or know in your lifetime. You know the amount that is right for you.

So far, donations from 31 people have totaled $1715. That leaves almost $500 to go. I've been thrilled and amazed at the support from my friends and family, and even more from complete strangers who just got my information forwarded from someone else.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women, and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. Currently, one million women in the U.S. have the disease and probably won’t know about their potentially fatal illness for another five to eight years. Breast cancer has challenged 2 million survivors in the U.S. Increased awareness means more survivors. I’m glad to say that I don’t know of any family members or friends who have been affected by breast cancer. I’m taking on this challenge and doing what I can to hopefully keep it that way. However, you may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and I would be proud to walk in their honor or memory.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that you’ll share in this incredible adventure with me. Please contact me if you have any questions or would prefer to donate via check/regular mail, and feel free to forward this on to anyone you know who may be interested.

If you know of someone you'd like to send it to, but don't want to risk "outing" your own LJ, I'm mirroring all my fundraising and training posts on a different journal that's embedded into my website at http://3day.copperspiral.net - no need to friend that one, everything there will be going here too in some fashion, I just don't necessarily want my grandmother reading my LJ :)

I'll be reposting this on the first Monday of every month between now and then. Donations can be one-time or as many times as you want, and in fact, a larger donation can be split up over two or four months.

There are prizes! Every $10 worth of donations will get the name of the donor dropped in a hat for a prize drawing, as will any cross-posts I see*, though the prizes are yet undetermined.

Thank you, guys. This means a lot to me.

*If I don't comment on a cross-post, poke me.
ginger: (3-day fundraising)
At the end of 2005, I decided that my New Year’s resolution was going to be getting in better shape. Pretty standard, right? So I got myself a treadmill for Christmas and started walking. Then in early February, I started hearing radio ads for the Seattle Breast Cancer 3-Day – a sixty-mile fundraising walk. And I thought to myself, “That would be one heck of a goal – and for a good cause, too.”

So I’ve decided to make my New Year’s resolution important for people beyond just myself. Over three days this August, I will be walking 60 miles in the Breast Cancer 3-Day. This walk will be much more than “just a walk” – it will be raising money to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

My personal challenge began on February 25. It will culminate when thousands of other individuals and I take those final steps on Sunday, August 27. Over the next several months, I will be spending many, many, many hours in training and helping to spread the word about breast cancer awareness.

I have committed to raising $2,200 in order to participate in this walk, but I can’t do it alone - I’m asking you to help me out. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me achieve this goal. I’ll be doing all the walking...all you need to do is fill out the form on this website. Consider foregoing one evening out and spending the money on a cause that will affect someone you love or know in your lifetime. You know the amount that is right for you.

So far, donations from 27 people have totaled $1595. That leaves only just over $600 to go. I've been thrilled and amazed at the support from my friends and family, and even more from complete strangers who just got my information forwarded from someone else.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women, and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. Currently, one million women in the U.S. have the disease and probably won’t know about their potentially fatal illness for another five to eight years. Breast cancer has challenged 2 million survivors in the U.S. Increased awareness means more survivors. I’m glad to say that I don’t know of any family members or friends who have been affected by breast cancer. I’m taking on this challenge and doing what I can to hopefully keep it that way. However, you may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and I would be proud to walk in their honor or memory.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that you’ll share in this incredible adventure with me. Please contact me if you have any questions or would prefer to donate via check/regular mail, and feel free to forward this on to anyone you know who may be interested.

If you know of someone you'd like to send it to, but don't want to risk "outing" your own LJ, I'm mirroring all my fundraising and training posts on a different journal that's embedded into my website at http://3day.copperspiral.net - no need to friend that one, everything there will be going here too in some fashion, I just don't necessarily want my grandmother reading my LJ :)

I'll be reposting this on the first Monday of every month between now and then. Donations can be one-time or as many times as you want, and in fact, a larger donation can be split up over two or four months.

There are prizes! Every $10 worth of donations will get the name of the donor dropped in a hat for a prize drawing, as will any cross-posts I see*, though the prizes are yet undetermined.

Thank you, guys. This means a lot to me.

*If I don't comment on a cross-post, poke me.
ginger: (3-day fundraising)
I love you people. :) I signed up 5 days ago, and only posted the link 10 hours ago, and my little donation thermometer is currently hovering at $35 below 25% of my donation minimum.
ginger: (3-day fundraising)
At the end of 2005, I decided that my New Year’s resolution was going to be getting in better shape. Pretty standard, right? So I got myself a treadmill for Christmas and started walking. Then in early February, I started hearing radio ads for the Seattle Breast Cancer 3-Day – a sixty-mile fundraising walk. And I thought to myself, “That would be one heck of a goal – and for a good cause, too.”

So I’ve decided to make my New Year’s resolution important for people beyond just myself. Over three days this August, I will be walking 60 miles in the Breast Cancer 3-Day. This walk will be much more than “just a walk” – it will be raising money to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

My personal challenge begins now. It will culminate when thousands of other individuals and I take those final steps on Sunday, August 27. Over the next several months, I will be spending many, many, many hours in training and helping to spread the word about breast cancer awareness.

I have committed to raising $2,200 in order to participate in this walk, but I can’t do it alone - I’m asking you to help me out. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me achieve this goal. I’ll be doing all the walking...all you need to do is fill out the form on this website. Consider foregoing one evening out and spending the money on a cause that will affect someone you love or know in your lifetime. You know the amount that is right for you.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women, and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. Currently, one million women in the U.S. have the disease and probably won’t know about their potentially fatal illness for another five to eight years. Breast cancer has challenged 2 million survivors in the U.S. Increased awareness means more survivors. I’m glad to say that I don’t know of any family members or friends who have been affected by breast cancer. I’m taking on this challenge and doing what I can to hopefully keep it that way. However, you may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and I would be proud to walk in their honor or memory.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that you’ll share in this incredible adventure with me. Please contact me if you have any questions or would prefer to donate via check/regular mail, and feel free to forward this on to anyone you know who may be interested.

If you know of someone you'd like to send it to, but don't want to risk "outing" your own LJ, I'm mirroring all my fundraising and training posts on a different journal that's embedded into my website at http://3day.copperspiral.net - no need to friend that one, everything there will be going here too, I just don't necessarily want my grandmother reading my LJ :)

I'll be reposting this on the first of every month between now and then. Donations can be one-time or as many times as you want, and in fact, a larger donation can be split up over two or four months.

There are prizes! Every $10 worth of donations will get the name of the donor dropped in a hat for a prize drawing, though the prizes are yet undetermined.

Thank you, guys. This means a lot to me.
ginger: (3-day fundraising)
*gulp* Well, I did it. I'm now registered to walk the Seattle 3-Day, a breast cancer research fundraiser.

Now I have to fundraise $2200 in the next six months. (To the day, in fact. Heh.)

I don't have the information I need to start collecting donations yet - that should be coming in the next week or so. But I will say that if half the people on my friends' list can donate even just $5 a month each for those six months, that's half the total right there. I'm not begging, and I'm certainly not going to take my proverbial ball and go home if people aren't interested in helping me out here - but this is more important to me than I think I realized it would be, and I would really appreciate any help people want to give.

I've set this up so no one can view who answered how, and while I can't set it so that *I* can't view who answered how, I promise I don't intend to look and see who answered which way.

[Poll #680212]

PS: any of the icon-making people I know interested in making me an icon that involves a moose and a pink ribbon? Never mind! The lovely [livejournal.com profile] sheeplass made me one TWO! *hearts*

Also, if anyone has fundraising suggestions that have worked for them in the past, please share!

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