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Apr. 2nd, 2007 | 04:03 pm
posted by: madame_chuchita in mn_runners

I am doing the Nike Women's Marathon with Team in Training in October.  I know, it's more than six months away and I probably shouldn't worry about it yet.  I am jazzed about the running part, but scared sh!tless about the fundraising.  It's a lot of money.

So I thought I would take a chance and see if anyone else here in Minnesota is doing a TNT event or considering one and might be interested in teaming up to do some fundraising.  Maybe pool some ideas together or throw an event?  Or if you've done it in the past, if you have any creative event ideas because I am too overwhelmed by my fundraising goal to plan anything.

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Rick

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from: rjb5
date: Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
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Hey!
I'm right now training for my second Team-In-Training marathon: San Diego Rock-n-Roll, in June. I did the same race last year. And well, since I'm doing it all over again this year, you can guess that I've had a good experience with the program. The fund-raising can be hard, and certainly takes some time to achieve, but for me, it makes the whole experience worthwhile. I'm not sure if you've had any close connection to leukemia, but one of the common threads among participants is to be astonished by how many connections you quickly find. From my fund-raising last year, I found out I had a distant (3rd?) cousin who is a survivor, my neighbor's uncle is currently in treatment, one of my college friend's mother passed away a few years ago, and so on. I was also amazed by how many people are happy to donate to the cause, knowing how important and relevant the cause is. The comments I get along with donations are a real motivating source for me.

Just a bit about the program: the Leukemia Society will provide you with a CD-ROM with all sorts of fund-raising ideas. Both years, I've done my fund-raising entirely by letters, and half of those are e-mails. Between relatives near and far, co-workers, friends near and far, and others, I way exceeded the minimum last year, and am pretty sure I will this year. It's surprising who is happy to donate -- my dentist, my realtor, a very distant great-aunt, college friends I haven't seen in 10 years, and co-workers I hardly interact with. Other team members do all sorts of fund-raising events. Again, the CD they give you has all sorts of ideas, but some examples I know of that are going on within our group include those home parties where you invite a bunch of friends and someone comes in and sells purses, or jewelry, or home stuff, or whatever. The one I just heard about Saturday is a purse-making party thingy, where 30% of the profit goes directly to the fund-raising (and a lot of times, when people find out where the money is going, they're happy to donate a little more, too!) OK, so I'm not into the purse-party thing myself, but other folks are doing bake sales and yard sales, the TNT organization itself works with Linder's nursery to do a plant sale -- people sign up to buy plants from you, the team helps distribute the plants, and then you keep the profits for your fund-raising. There are golf tournaments, beer busts, Texas hold'em events, bowling parties -- all sorts of things like that. A sample of some of the fund-raising support the leukemia society gives you is here at their website. Everybody also gets a fund-raising website where people can donate online -- mine is here if you want to see what it looks like. Another important point is that you won't ever be alone on your fund-raising. As a part of the team, you'll have not only the other team members, but there are experienced TNT folks who volunteer to be program mentors, specifically to help out new people with their fund-raising goals, (I'm also a mentor for San Diego this year) as well as a Leukemia Society staff person to guide you through the process. So you'll have a lot of support through it all.

So, this has gotten long, but basically the fund-raising is an extra burden over the training for sure, but for me, it makes the whole package deal a huge amount more meaningful. Having the goal of helping to beat leukemia is a huge motivation for me to complete the training. Finishing a marathon is a great personal accomplishment; raising nearly $5000 for a good cause at the same time makes it amazing!

Hopefully this has helped a bit. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask -- rjb5 @ livejournal.com

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Girl From the North Country

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from: madame_chuchita
date: Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the info and the enthusiasm. My mom was diagnosed with leukemia last year, so this is a personal quest as well. I have a few ideas for fundraisers (starting with flat out asking for donations, which I think will be pretty successful at work) and some events too. $3600 seems like a lot of money, but I do have six months!

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