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Sample Fundraising Letter #2
Swim, Bike, Run. Three simple activities, child like even. I was running by the age of three, was riding my bike not far after that, and I was splashing around in a pool long before I ever learned how to play catch. Most children have these sports mastered before they are 10. These words probably haven't caught your interest quite yet, but let me try to spice them up a little. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile ride, 13.1 mile run, one after the other, all in the same day. Some call it nuts; I call it a half Ironman.
I am not built to do a half Iron Man, I was built to play football, go for short runs, have an occasional (?) beer. I was not meant to swim for an hour in frigid 67 degree water, sit for 4 hours on a narrow wedge of a bicycle seat in spandex, or run for two hours in the California sun. Sure, I have done a marathon--that honestly seems easy compared to the challenge I have ahead of me. But it pales in comparison to what Reilly faces daily.
Chicken Pox. When you hear this word, what comes to mind? Probably, for most of us, a very uncomfortable itchy, feverish rite of passage through childhood. I have heard stories of parents having their well children go and play with someone who was infected--just to get it out of the way. For Reilly and her family chickenpox brings a much more dangerous image. That is because four-year old Reilly has acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and has been fighting this disease for over a year. When Reilly caught the chicken pox as any child would, instead of heading to the couch with some calamine lotion, she headed to Children's Hospital and was put in isolation. Leukemia has a way of doing that, taking a normal situation and making it life threatening. I have chosen to do something about it!
I have again joined Team In Training to raise funds and honor those like Reilly who fight blood cancers daily. I have committed to rising more than $3,000 to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society continue with their mission of funding research and much needed patient services. I am also training religiously for the Big Kahuna Half Iron Man that takes place in Santa Cruz on September 12th of this year.
As you all know the Mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is my passion. I have given over 4 years of my life to this cause and will continue for years to come. I have been deeply affected by the work that is done and the hope that we provide. I again am asking for your support in this endeavor! Your generosity of the past has been inspiring, and I am forever thankful. We are close to a cure, your donation can help get us there! Please submit your 100% tax deductible donation in the enclosed envelope by July 23rd - Reilly's birthday! Your donation can be the ultimate gift, Hope.