Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Don't you hate it when people hit you up for money after the holidays?"

Well, hate is a strong word, but it does make you feel uncomfortable and sometimes it even makes you feel bad. As in guilty, bad. Especially when you are not able to help. And, I totally, totally understand. I  have been there myself. Many times. Do you know that if I had extra money, how many people I would be helping? How many organizations and benefits and fundraisers I would be throwing money at? So many, that there would be no extra.

But here I am asking for money. Not for me.  But for Taylor, my beautiful 3rd born. And not for her, but for her final push for fundraising she is doing for her half marathon with the Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society. Yep, we have another one in the house undertaking a marathon, or rather a half marathon. In this case, the Disneyland Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the end of the month. I am so proud of her and I have to tell you, and she won't mind me telling you, this is huge for her. She is not, how shall I say this, well, she is not into exercising per se. I think she once said something along the lines of :" I can't exercise because  everytime I start, I have to stop." That line has gotten a whole lot of mileage and a whole lot of laughs in this house, let me tell you.

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Back in the day. The yucky chemo days.

But here she is, training and working hard and raising money so that people and children, like our sweet little Miss Zoey, have a chance to live the life they deserve. She is currently $535.00 short of her $2,200 goal, having raised a respectable $1635.00 so far. However, and aren't there always however's? Money needs to be in by Sunday. As in this Sunday, January the 8th. No pressure. If she falls short, she is responsible for the balance. And for a nearly starving college student, that will be a bummer. Again, no pressure. So, I am doing what all good mommies would do, and that is asking you, my beloved readers, to help if you are able. And some of you aren't and that is cool and understandable and perfectly okay and others, well, maybe you are and you feel called to supporting this cause and that, that would be wonderful.

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Link here to Taylor's Fundraising page where you can make a tax deductible donation today.

We have no doubt that Zoey  is here today because of clinical trials and advancements made in research, with funds likely granted by Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society. We have no doubt that many of our warriors buddies have benefited from the same. You have seen many of their faces here on this blog over the last 3 years and you have read with broken hearts, as we have said good-bye to far, far too many who needed their cure. Who deserved their cure.

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We know, that our precious Klein, was with us as long as he was, because of clinical drugs developed by studies and research done, that would not have gotten done, if not for organizations such as the leukemia/ lymphoma society. Klein basically spent the last year and a half of his life, taking one clinical drug after another. A year and a half that his family would not have had with him and time that Klein would not have had otherwise. But in the end, that time was not enough. Not nearly enough. So the main objective here is to get to cure and the only way we do that, is to get out there and raise the money.

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So there is my little schpeel. Do what you can, if you can and if not, then just send your prayers and good vibes Taylor's way as she completes her first 13.1. This proud mom will be waiting at the finish line. Thank you in advance and can I tell you how very, very much I dislike asking for money, but  what can you do but do what has got to be done. And finding a cure, that my friends, has got to get done.

9 comments:

cindy batten-holzer said...

Such a beautiful blog....and truly beautiful people Klein and Zoey and her big sister doin' all they can to make the difference<3<3<3


MUCH LOVE,
Cindy Batten-Holzer

cindy batten-holzer said...

A big applause to everyone that contributes $$$$ or time and sweat too!!!



Love,

Cindy Batten-Holzer

Runningmama said...

Way to go for another half marathoner and a fellow TNT participant...I have to admit, I am having trouble raising my funds as well...even though it is such a worthy cause, as we both know firsthand!

Claudia said...

Thanks for the reminder, Heather, I mean really - I read it on Taylors FB account but totally forgot about it but wanted to support anyways. Now here you gave me the chance to. Very happy about that, please send my best wishes to Taylor from one runner for a good cause to another ;-)

Love to all of you.

*Overflowing* said...

Wow..what a precious family and I've only seen the tip of the iceburg! I saw your link from Stephanie K's post on fb. Sounds like you guys might live local? I lead a running team of christian women in Orange County (Yorba Linda area). A group of us are running Tinker, too. I will post your link on our fb page....praying your daughter will reach her goal. I know she will!!! I ran my first marathon last march for a charity and the Lord provided all $2500. Interestingly enough, a big chunk came in right before race day so don't lose hope!

Peter Olson said...

Cindy,
I agree with you 100%. :-)

Heather,
Never be afraid to ask.
If you don't ask, you don't receive.
(Matthew 7:8, 21:22, Mark 11:24, Luke 11:10,
and 1 John 3:22)
I plan on making an online donation too, soon (This week).
I made a check out for the church reservation today.
(my beautiful baby girl is getting married in May)
So I'm waiting for my next paycheck to get the balance back up there. Don't want any rubber checks bouncing around out there. LOL
Have a great day and keep up the great job raising that beautiful family. :-)

Claudia said...

so glad the goal is received - nearly.

xx

Peter Olson said...

Hey, what did I tell you?
Not a problem!
She went over the top on her fundraising goal.

Keep raising that bar, because your friends, your family, and especially God, will never let you down.
Love & Warm Hugs from the cold snowy white North
:-)

Bea Braun said...

Taylor you rock!