Our Walk To Cure Diabetes turned out to be a fantastic experience.
On October 10th we travelled to Kansas City, MO to participate and do our part to raise funds for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). It was C-C-C-FREEZING!!!! It was 37 degrees the morning of the Walk. It was so hard to feel warm for the rest of the day.
We had a total of 31 walkers on our team, Ross's Gator Crusaders. We felt truly humbled and grateful to everyone that travelled far to join us in supporting Ross. I am not an emotional person, but I couldn't keep it together that day. It was very inspiring to see so many people (thousands) there to support the same cause that is so close to our hearts.
Back at the end of August, our family set a goal to raise $1000 to donate to JDRF on Ross's behalf. As of today, we've donated $4,630 Out of the 385 teams in attendance, only 17 raised more money than Ross's Gator Crusaders. We are more than grateful. Words can't express the humility and gratitude we feel. We are almost finished with our huge list of Thank-You notes!
Ross's story was featured on the front page of our county's newspaper today! We felt so blessed that Teressa Ressel, a reporter, featured our family's fundraising efforts. You can read the article here.
My amazingly talented and crafty friend, Emily, has graciously donated two of her works of art for us to auction off for Ross's Gator Crusaders. With her living several states away, I figured the easiest way to do this would be good ole ebay. These baby quilts are gorgeous! Thanks, Emily, for your generosity!
My cousin, Laura, has registered to be a walker with Ross's Gator Crusaders. She has set a personal goal of raising $350 for our team. She sent an email to her friends letting them know what she was doing and directed them to our JDRF site. She has already raised $205. It couldn't get much simpler than that. If just a few other people would do that, think of how much more we could raise! Thanks for your kindness, Laura!
I just found out that the Vista Club, an all girls service club at our high school, will be helping us in our fundraising. They will be selling sodas during the four lunch shifts and will donate ALL proceeds to Ross's Gator Crusaders. They had discussed a service project a few weeks ago and talked about a diabetes walk. When someone mentioned (my mom) Mrs. Wright's grandson was recently diagnosed, they immediately decided this was the cause they wanted to focus on.
We continue to be so humbled and grateful to all of the kindness being directed our way. We feel so blessed.
Today, less than a month after kicking off our fundraising, we've reached our goal!!! Ross's Gator Crusaders has $1000+!!! We are truly grateful to all who have helped us reach our goal. But with just under four weeks to go, we're not stopping here! Ross wants to set a new goal of $1,500, so here we come!
Are you familiar with the Relay for Life and MDA paper symbol campaigns? You often see their little paper symbols lining the walls of gas stations or department stores. Customers can purchase them for $1. Well JDRF has one as well. They have a paper sneaker campaign. Edward started a campaign in his office this afternoon and already received $34 in a few hours! He has also contacted Commerce Bank in BonneTerre, and they've graciously agreed to help with the campaign. And of course Farmington's best restaurant in town, The Branding Iron, has also agreed to help with the campaign. We are anticipating some great results!
In the first week of fundraising, we've raised $200!!!! That's 20% of our goal! Hooray! We are so, so grateful for the kindness of Mrs. Schlegel, the Marlers, the Williams, the Fousts, and the Wolos! We are on our way.
This site is intended to give information to our friends, family, and frankly anyone who is interested in donating to our Walk to Cure Diabetes team. Our family will be walking to support our ten year old son, Ross. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes after a quick decline in health. You can read more about his diagnosis here.
On October 10, 2009, we will be participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Kansas City. Because this is still so new to us, and we are still learning, we're starting out small. Our family has the goal of raising $1000 to donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in Ross's name.
Asking for help is just not my thing. However, I'm willing to do whatever it takes for my boy. We feel that a cure is on the horizon. With more funding, we are optimistic that it will happen in his life time. Walk to Cure Diabetes is the fastest growing fundraising event in the history of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). It is a national and international effort, raising more than $94 million a year. More than $40 million of that is raised by family teams! If you are willing to help us with this goal, please know that all donations are tax deductible. JDRF is an accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency.
Thank you, thank you for taking the time to read this. With the help of others, we will reach our $1000 in no time! If we can answer any questions or send you our home address or phone number, please feel free to contact us.