It’s that time of year.
This is when I come to you all with the plea of Relay For Life.
I’m sure most of you know what Relay For Life is. Basically, it’s the American Cancer Society’s biggest fund raiser. I’ve been involved with it since 2008, which is the year after my father died of cancer.
Cancer is one of the worst diseases out there. I just hope they find a cure during my lifetime so I can know that science has done well. It’s events like this that allow the ACS to keep researching and keep looking for that cure.
Our team each year is pretty small. We collectively raise, usually, about $2,000 toward the cause. Not bad for a crew with fewer than 10 members, eh?
And as I’ve been doing, I’m also going to hold a giveaway to those who donate.
My mother is quite an amazing quilter. Last year, we ran the contest here on the blog for somebody to win a scarf. It gets bigger this year — there’s more than one prize.
The first prize is hand-quilted lap quilt. This is quite sweet. I have a lap quilt my mother made and I can say it’s warm and it’s bigger than one might expect. So this is pretty wild.
It’s 61 inches by 46 inches, so basically 5 feet by 4 feet, give or take an inch or two. It might not cover a bed, but it will definitely be worth having on the couch!
The second prize is a lap pillow. The top is quilted and sewn onto the pillow. It’s nice as well.
Every year, I come to the blog in hopes of soliciting some donations for my Relay For Life fundraising. It’s the one time of year I really try to give and get people to give. After all, I would say the majority of us have all been touched by cancer in one way or another.
This is my way of enticing you to donate.
Here’s how this will work this year.
As with last year, I will use Random.org and the generator on there to pick a winner. There will likely be a lot of entries as a couple of members are in on this as well. That way, we draw as many as possible as the goal, obviously, is to raise as much money as possible.
For those in the United States, for every $5 you donate, you get an entry. For those in Canada, you get an entry for every $5, but we require a minimum donation of $20 because we’ll have to put more out of pocket to ship the item. For those not in the U.S. or Canada, you can still win. However, we’ll require the minimum $20 donation (which is four entries) and you’ll also be required to pay for the shipping (which can be sent directly to me via PayPal or regular mail).
So doing the math, it’s simple. Donate $5, get an entry. Donate $100, get 20 entries. You get it, right?
Our local relay this year runs from 6 p.m. April 26 to 9 a.m. April 27. I’ll let the contest run through noon (EST) April 28.
Don’t wait until the last second, though! If that happens, I’ve found people forget. And with this, every dollar counts when fundraising!
The way you donate to me doesn’t matter.
You can do normal or you can by luminaries, in honor of somebody you know who is fighting or lost the battle with cancer. IF you do this, please let me know and who the name is and I will attempt to get a photo of the lit luminary for you. I can’t make promises because of how many there will be, but I usually do several laps looking at every single one and I will try and track each one down.
I thank you in advance for helping with this fundraiser.
You can donate by going to my personal Relay for Life page.
Not that there really is any, but a couple of things.
Anybody can win, outside of those ON the team. Family members, friends, non-friends, aliens — whatever. Donate and have a chance. But members of the team can’t win.
Somebody can’t win both prizes. I will draw for the quilt first. Whoever wins that is not eligible for the pillow. Fair is fair.
I think that’s it.
Now go donate and have a chance to win!
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