OMG, I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is better than oatmeal.
This is better than an armful of library books.
This is better than finishing a draft.
My Beloved Husband and I are going to make a difference.
We’ve joined the Team in Training, a kick-butt group that raises money for cancer research for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. BH and I will be running the Lake Placid Half Marathon (yep, 13.1 glorious miles) on June 15, 2008. We are trying to raise $5000 in support of this run.
Why should you give a hoot about this? Because we need your help.
Please go to the Laurie Halse Anderson Team Website and make a donation there.
If you want to support the guy-side of this effort, go to BH’s site and give money there..
Between the two of us, we’re trying to raise $5,000. If you help, we can achieve the goal.
After you donate (and I thank you loudly), please ask someone else to help. TEACHERS – this is a great classroom project – a way to show how adults incorporate physical fitness in their lives as well as a chance for your students to give back. LIBRARIANS – ditto. What about your book club? Your critique group? Your kidlit buddies who get together for drinks on Friday nights? If everybody tosses a couple of dollars into the pot, we can change lives and change the world.
What? You still have questions? Let them fly.
Hey, Writerlady! I thought you were really busy with writing. How are you going to make time for this, too?
We already run four times a week. Last month I did two 10-milers, so covering the distances won’t be a problem (though it won’t be pretty, either). It won’t take any extra time and I promise the new books will be done on schedule.
But, wait. You’ve had melanoma. Your mom, aunt, and cousin had breast cancer. Why aren’t you raising money for those cancers?
Because another cousin of mine, Darcy Skinner, is fighting non-Hodgkins lymphoma today and I want to help him.
Are you going to send me annoying emails about this?
If I have corresponded with you by email, then yes. So why not give a little right now and save yourself the trouble? If you are a new friend, or someone I only know through KW or SCBWI, you won’t be getting an email. It would be unethical to use the private contact information from those groups for this. So I hope you read my blog and will take it from there.
OK, OK, my wallet is open and I’m making a donation. What else can I do to help?
Spread the word. Feel free to post about this on your blog, to email friends, to bring it up at faculty meetings and at the coffee pot.
Any other questions?
Thank you so much!!!
12 Replies to “Join Our Team (please, please, please)”
What a great idea! I wish I could donate more, but grad school is darn expensive. I’m sure you two will meet your goal!!!
You are wonderful and lovely and awesome. I give you big kisses and hugs. Thank you so very, very much!!!!!
This is awesome. I love the fact that there are “races” such as these. My hometown just started one last year to raise money for awareness/the fight against drug abuse. They are all fantastic.
I will certainly look into donating, and encourage my students to do the same. They love knowing that they can make a difference, even though they’re “only in high school.”
Can we join you in the race too?
That would be so much fun!!!! The more, the merrier!
Cancer of all kinds has touched the lives of many I love. I am happy to support this and thank you for taking on this new challenge.
Re: you rock!
Oh, Teri!! Thank you so very, very much!
i’ll definitely donate, although it won’t be much, being a poor college student and all that. i’m also sending the link to this post to my mom, who’s a youth services librarian, to see what she might be able to do.
okay, just donated, and now i’m going to see about getting my employer to match. (i work at a gapoutlet, and i know gap, inc., does match donations for some things.)
You are utterly fantastic!! Thank you for the donation and for spreading the word!
OK, I had to support BOTH of you. Didn’t seem fair to choose sides! I think this is fabulous. Go Darc!
You are the bestest auntie in the whole world. I wish you could have seen Scot’s eyes light up.