Walking Toward a Cure
The American Cancer
Society hosts events called the "Relay for Life"
nationwide -- the many teams of participants walk continuously
for 24 hours to raise cancer awareness and funds for the organization.
You can read details of the upcoming Relay for Life by
clicking on the link and searching the ACS events database on that page
for Auburn, Calif. (The information isn't directly linkable,
The relay is a big community event, with hundreds of people
participating. Apparently Auburn's is done yearly, and several are done
each week nationwide. The newspaper I work at has
assembled a team. They were scrounging for people to walk in the middle
of the night, and it seemed like a natural idea, what with me working that
evening and getting out of the office around midnight and all.
Let me address a few hypothetical questions about my participation and
So you just go out there and walk?
There's more to it than that; from what I've heard and seen it's almost
more like a street fair than an athletic event. Of course, in the middle
of the night, it's down to pretty much just the hard-core walkers, but the
evening beforehand there's musical entertainment and community events
(which I'll miss), and the morning after there's a community breakfast
(which I'll try to attend). So the events are designed to unite a
community around the cause, and not incidentally to raise funds for the
American Cancer Society's primary
Are there similar events in my commmunity?
Probably. Check the Relay for Life website linked above.
If I donate money to you, where does it go?
One hundred percent to ACS. All donations are tax-deductible to the
extent of the law. Their tax ID # is 94-1170350. I'm just doing this to
be a good guy.
What's your fundraising goal?
It would be lovely to collect a total of $100, although $50 is a more
realistic goal, and I'll be happy if I can hit that plateau. That's just
ten donations of $5, or five donations of $10. (If you're the sort who
gives to charity anyway, $10 is quite a reasonable sum. If you're broke,
$1 pushes me toward my goal by a significant fraction.) As of this
writing, on August 18, I've collected $47 -- so if you haven't yet
donated, helping me get that last $3 would be appreciated now more than
When would I have to donate by?
The event itself is Saturday, Aug. 23. If I don't get a donation by
the morning of Friday, Aug. 22, I probably won't have it in time to turn
it in. If you want to support the American Cancer Society after that
date, you can go to their web site and give independently, and I'm certain
they will be just as grateful.
Can I get funds to you electronically?
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(Please let me know if you want a receipt.)
NOTICE: PayPal gives you the option to donate by credit card.
Please do not do this; I will have to reject the payment and ask
for you to send it to me another way. Due to the way PayPal operates, I
don't think that I can disable that option -- but only their upgraded
"business-class" accounts can take credit card donations, and for the
amounts I'm taking in, an upgrade would not be cost-effective. I'm sorry
for the inconvenience. I'm as annoyed by it as you are.
Can I get funds to you non-electronically?
Certainly -- e-mail me, or fill out my contact
form, and I'll give you an address to send (U.S.) funds to. If you
would like to do this, please commit to an amount up front so that I can
get the pledges turned in by my deadline. (And please let me know if you
want a receipt.)
If you're soliciting for charity then why do I PayPal funds straight
Because I turn collected donations in to my team leader to be grouped
with our team contributions. The easiest way to do that if I get
e-donations is to get the funds myself and then write a check to ACS
myself for the total. If, gods forbid, you don't trust me with your $10,
please feel free to donate straight to the American Cancer Society instead of
helping me out (we're now close enough to the race that to make alternate
arrangements, such as sending me a check made out to them by mail, would
put me past the solicitation deadline).
When are your forums going to be back up?
Soon! Soon. I promise.
Any more questions? ... No? Great! Donate!
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Or, if you do have questions, drop me a
line. I'll be happy to answer them.