Oct. 5, 2007

Back to you

I came across the Philadelphia 2007 LiveSTRONG Challenge Messenger Award Speech by one of my fellow volunteer mentors, Scott Joy recently. Always meant to write about it, but somehow I never got to it. Well, wait no more...

In his speech, he talked about asking a lot of people to sponsor his ride and help fight cancer, and he got a pretty amazing response. Many people told him about their fight against cancer or a person that was very close to them and actually thanked him for asking and most of all doing something against cancer.

So, Scott urges us to keep asking for donations, keep being a messenger and to continue delivering the powerful message of hope and strength and life.

It doesn't matter whether you're one of the top fundraisers, like Scott who managed to raise an incredible $ 20,425.00 (his team raised $96,256.50), or you make a $5 donation- it's all very much appreciated and it helps us getting another step closer to fight cancer and give cancer patients and their loved ones a reason to hope, a reason to keep their strength and be able to look forward to a healthy life after surviving cancer.

I'm one of those people, who are not even close to making a huge benefit for the LAF, being a student doesn't leave a lot of money left for me to donate. Plus, people in Germany or Europe in general are very skeptical about making a donation to a US foundation, even though the LAF supports various European projects.

But, to all of you who did support my fundraising efforts, I just want you to know how much I appreciate your great e-mails of support, telling me about your experiences in the fight against cancer and keeping me motivated to continue my endeavor in times when I got nasty e-mails from people criticizing my involvement with the LAF. The LAF is an organization that will always be very close to my heart, with a great bunch of people working and volunteering for it and I'm very proud to be part of the LAF family. Thanks again for your help and please consider to continue your support of the LAF!


Brian Dowd said...

I was fortunate to be there at the top funraiser dinner in Philadelphia. Scott did a great job getting across his message. He does great work for the LAF. Keep on getting those donations $5, $10, $15, etc. It does not matter how much - every amount counts and helps.

Amanda said...

Thanks for you comment on my last post. I would have already chickened out and switched to the 10 mile ride if I didn't have you, my riding buddy, counting on me as a riding partner. It's great motivation knowing I have someone else that will be there with me no matter how slow we have to ride or how many times we have to stop. I know I'll be able to do it with your help. Thanks. :) See you in a few days!

Henrike said...

You bet we'll make it.

I saw this great jersey on the Team Estrogen website. The description should be our motto: "We've never met a hill we didn't like - at least, going down! Still, there is nothing like mastering a hill climb, even if it means spinning in our lowest gear and panting what feels like our last breath. Hills are how many cyclists measure their progress... We might not be fast, but we keep looking up"

By the way, the jersey is called "Team Hill Slug". So funny- congratulations on your new jersey!! Can't wait to meet you in just a few days!!