ALS TDI Fundraising Update

Sue owes us a big ol’ blog and it’s coming; but in the meantime, we thought we’d update a bit on our fundraising efforts.  After all, that is what this is really about.  As of this week, we are closing in on having raised 10% of our goal.  We are stoked about what’s been accomplished, yet daunted by what is still ahead.

First let’s celebrate the accomplishments thus far!

Our very first fundraising events were through Your Pie Restaurant in Greenville, SC.  Not only did they donate a percentage of sales, these evenings also generated a few individual donations which again blow us away every time we learn of another personal story of how ALS has affected lives.

We’ve also joined up with Bravelets on an ongoing basis.  Any purchases of this awesome jewelry through our link will yield a donation to our Solesisters – 20for#20 effort.  This jewelry is not only nice for yourself, but makes a great gift.

In May (ALS Awareness Month) Bird on a Perch Pilates Studio hosted a “Sweat for ALS” fundraiser for us.  Along with a donation only mat class, Allison set up a hugely successful silent auction.  Generous donations of goods and services for the auction were received from:  Bird on a Perch, Clearspace Body Works, Doulas of Marquette, et Images , Lakeshore Skin Care, Queen City Running, Sage & Spry, and Spruce Wax & Skin.  We cannot thank everyone involved in this enough – this one event yielded over $600. Again if you are ever in Marquette and want a great Pilates workout, this is THE PLACE; Allison & Angie are AH-MAY-ZING (in more ways than one).

NOW Rhonda’s daughter, Jamie, is kicking off a Scentsy business and for her kickoff is hosting a fundraiser event for ALS! Head over to: https://getyourscentonwithjamie.scentsy.us/ and do some summer shopping!  This is something you can get in on now – but don’t wait, the event will close in just a few days.  Again, these are great items for yourself or as gifts!

Coming soon:

Sep 29 – Moe’s Southwest Grill will be hosting a fundraising night.  A percentage of all sales will go to ALS.  We love Moe’s!

Oct 8 – Crossfit WOD style fundraiser at Intensity Strength and Conditioning Gym .  Come get fit and help fight ALS!  100% of donations will be donated.

In addition to these past, present and future events, we are continuing to investigate and set up others to help us reach our goal.  Keep checking with us to see what’s up and what you may be able to participate in.  Please don’t hesitate to send us any ideas you may have!

But to be honest, what is really going to get us to our goal are the individual donations that many of you have made directly to our ALS Therapy Development Institute fundraising page.  We are so touched by the generous cash gifts we have received.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

The need continues

However, as mentioned earlier, we are only at 10% of our lofty goal of $20,000.  So here’s the part that is hard for us – the ask.  Please consider a tax deductible donation to 20for#20. Any amount will help us get to our goal; but more importantly will help find a cure and effective treatment for this terrible disease. 

We want to thank everyone for their past and continued support in every form.  We have certainly felt the love from prayers, dedicated runs, donations, “likes” and atta-girls, your help in fundraising, smiles, hugs, and countless other things is what keeps us going.

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July Double in the Northeast

Another double weekend in the books for ALS awareness!  I, Rhonda, ran in the Old Port Half in Portland, Maine on July 9th.  What an amazing city!  I completely fell in love with Portland.  The people, the food, the sights – I truly loved it here and will definitely be back for a longer visit.  My family and I made the most out of our 36 hours though.  We walked the streets of Portland, visited a few breweries , took a boat tour of the islands, ate a delicious lobster roll and even saw a life-sized chocolate moose.  The half marathon went very well.  The weather was in the upper 50’s at the start.  Since I had walked most of the course the day before I felt very comfortable running it.  There were a couple of decent sized hills but I maintained a great pace the entire race and was very close to a new PR!  After the race I headed back to the hotel to shower and hit the road to Vermont.

We stopped at King Arthur Flour on our way to Waitsfield, VT for the Mad Half pick up.  I didn’t make it in time for the 100 Half Marathons Club reunion but I knew I would get to see everyone in the morning.  I got a good night of sleep and then the next morning I headed to the race.  Clouds were looming and rain was threatening.  I met up with a friend, Andrea, and the other 100 Half Marathons Club members that were in attendance.  It was great to meet so many! And the goodie bag for the members was amazing!   I went into this race knowing that I was going to take it easy, take lots of pictures as the countryside is gorgeous and that it would be super hilly/challenging.  It was a fun time and the weather held off until mile 12.5 for me when the skies went ahead and opened up.  I ran it in and got my medal along with an apple cider donut and some yummy apple cider from Cold Hollow Cider Mill

My family and I spent the rest of the day touring the area – Ben & Jerry’s, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Cheese, and Smuggler’s Notch Distillery as some of the highlights.  Looking back it seems we ate and drank our way through the Northeast! 

The next morning we heading to Montreal for a day and then made our way back home.  2 more races completed to tell people about ALS and raising awareness to this disease.   Next up I am running the Alien 13.1 in Roswell, GA. 

Final 2 in June

I (Rhonda) finished out June with another Race 13.1 series race in Roanoke, VA on June 18th – have I mentioned how much I LOVE this series?  And a local race – the Palmetto Endurance Half Marathon in Anderson, SC.

I ended up getting a late start to head to Roanoke.  There were several terrible accidents along my route and my normal 4 hour drive ended up being almost 6!  I was tired, ready to eat and go to bed.  First stop was Fleet Feet Roanoke to pick up my packet and bib.  Next I met my future Daughter-In-Law, Arielle, at my hotel.   We got me all checked in and unloaded and then headed out for dinner at Longhorn Steak house.  An uneventful evening but it was so amazing to catch up and chat and relax after that drive.

I wasn’t far from the race start which meant an uneventful morning.  The race was set to run along the Roanoke River.  It was a somewhat hilly course but very pretty and definitely worth a repeat.  The temps were perfect to start.  It was warming up by the finish but during the race it was actually very nice.  I finished up and headed straight to the hotel to shower and eat.  I wanted to get on the road to home as soon as possible. 

Next up was the Palmetto Endurance race.  Packet pick up was at Complete Nutrition in Anderson, SC the evening before.  My husband was running this race as well so we drove over and got the packets and then came home for a good dinner.  We were up and at it nice and early Sat morning.  Wow what a difference in temps!  It was hot!  Oh and let’s not forget about those insane hills!  The race proceeds go to support local Autism Awareness and for that alone I would repeat again – that and a good challenge.  The Race Director was super – they even gave me one of the awards they had set aside for place winners as a reminder and congratulations of finishing my 40th Lifetime Half Marathon.   My friend, Lisa, also ran this race and placed 1st in her age group and her husband placed 1st in his age group in the 10K!  So rewarding to see others you love placing! 

That was the last of my 5 races in June.  Now a week off and then I am off to run in Maine and Vermont!