Monday, September 12, 2011

Fundraising for my marathon with Team Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

Boy, I really hate asking others for anything. I wear my superwoman cape quite tightly around my neck and usually figure I can get done what needs to get done, all on my own. Well, I use to subscribe to that theory at least. And then came Zoey and I had to learn I couldn't do it alone and I needed help. In fact, people wanted to help. It made then feel like they were doing something, anything, when they were feeling so helpless amidst the craziness that had become our lives.

It has taken me awhile to fine tune the art of asking but, I am getting better. Little by little. I find that it is easiest when I have attached myself to something I feel passionately about. Something close to my heart. Something for others. And if children are involved, well, I am even bolder nowadays. But asking for money, that, that never gets easier. Most especially in these tough economic times. However, I must say, even during this dismal state of our economy, I have been so moved my the generosity of others. Mission iPossible, for one, is a perfect example. Blown away my the outreaching of hands and hearts and funding. As we near our 11,000 dollar goal, I am humbled and my faith has been more than restored, when it comes to the the goodness of mankind.

So today, looks like I am asking again. Not for me. But for her ..... 


And for them ...



Gwendolyn and her mom and dad, my dear sweet friends, Bill and Victoria, who I have come to love with all my heart. I come to ask you to consider making a tax deductible donation the Team Gwendolyn Strong as we run the Santa Barbara International Marathon, November 12, 2011, on behalf of the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation. The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation (GSF) seeks to raise awareness about and fund research for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic killer of young children, and support those impacted by SMA and other life-altering diseases.

Please visit my fundraising page for the Santa Barbara Marathon and please, if you are able, consider making your tax deductible donation. We have a goal, as a team, to raise $ 26,200 dollars. Each of us, on the team, hoping, that with the help of friends and even strangers, we can individually reach $1,000. So in the end, I suppose my growth in asking for help isn't all that earth shattering, as this asking is so not about me. This is about the Strong family. For all the families impacted by this disease. Most especially the precious, innocent children. You and I, together, we can make a difference. And, before you head over to my page, take a moment to watch this incredibly moving video. Thank you in advance for your support and for always accepting into your hearts, that which is so near and dear to mine.


The Annessa Family said...

Ugh...crying like a baby!

A former client of mine had SMA...I remember trying to get him speech therapy at a hospital to get him out of his house for socialization...

he made it to the hospital but was sent home immediately because his lungs couldn't sustain being in an upright position because he'd been laying in bed too long.

Broke my heart.


colleen said...

been reading her mom's blog all afternoon becuz of your post... what an amazing love story this is, glad you are able to run for her.

Victoria Strong said...

We love you.

Claudia said...


I tried to donate this morning, but the system didn`t work with my mastercard. I tried like 3 times. I`ll try later again and hope that this no problem in general?

love a big hug.