Fundraising for CCFA

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You knew it was coming…

Since this little running experiment started, I’ve wanted to raise funds for a worthy cause. Don’t get me wrong, I started running for very personal reasons and I continue to run for those same reasons, but it doesn’t hurt to earn a little extra scratch for a good cause while I run. The only problem? What cause? What organization deserved to have my stamp of approval? For the life of me, I couldn’t think of one. I mean, I’m not really a big fan of cancer, but up until this point, I haven’t been personally effected by the disease. AIDS? No good, but I haven’t lost a loved one. Do people still get Polio?

These are the questions that kept me up at night.

I decided to seek outside assistance. I went up to my wonderful girlfriend, whom I have dated for six years and lived with for three. My girlfriend would have the answer. Surely she would know somebody lost to cancer, or know if polio still exists. Below, you will find the transcript of our conversation.

Me: Hey Rachel, I’m looking into raising some money for charity.

Rachel: Sounds like a good idea.

Me: Unfortunately, I really don’t have a personal connection to any illness..

Rachel: (blank stare)

Me: I mean, nobody close to me has been afflicted…

Rachel: (blank stare)

Me: Well, maybe Polio…

Rachel: (steam coming for ears).

Me: I loved FDR and all that… Nevermind, what do you think? Do you know somebody who’s life has been turned upside down by a deadly disease.

Rachel: (Hits me over the head with a comically oversized frying pan).

In high school, Rachel was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a particularly nasty, incurable gastrointestinal disease that affects her life on a daily basis. To Wikipedia!

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causinginflammation; it is classified as a type of inflammatory bowel disease. Crohn’s disease affects between 400,000 and 600,000 people in North America. Crohn’s disease tends to present initially in the teens and twenties, with another peak incidence in the fifties to seventies, although the disease can occur at any age. There is no known pharmaceutical or surgical cure for Crohn’s disease. Treatment options are restricted to controlling symptoms, maintaining remissionand preventing relapse.

Yeah, so I may have dropped the ball on that one. But we’re in luck! I just set up a FirstGiving page and it’s ready to accept your money!

Here’s the deal. All I asked is for at least a five dollar donation. That five dollar donation will go towards my goal of raising $2,000 dollars for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. That’s your end.

Here’s my end of the bargain. I will run the Marine Corp Marathon on Oct. 31, 2010, as I have planned. I will keep you updated on my progress through this blog. I will also run at least one (1) official race – 5K, 10K, Half Marathon – during each month leading up to the race. If I fail to run the Marine Corp Marathon for any reason – excluding devastating injury or death – I will reimburse every cent that was donated. Let me repeat this. If I don’t run, your donation will still go to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American, but you will receive your money back out of my own pocket.

How’s that for motivation?

So please, don’t make me look like a jerk a bigger jerk. I have over a year to raise a very modest $2,000. It’s going to a good cause. Point that browser to my FirstGiving page to donate.

More of the Running Jerks’ Charitable Efforts:

With eace race that the Jerks run – whether it be a 5k to a half marathon – our registration fee goes to a worthy cause. Here are some of the organizations that have benefited from letting the Jerks limp towards the finish line.

Zero: The Project to End Prostate Cancer: $35

Paul VI Catholic High School Options Program: $30

The Right Side Foundation: $30

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