Writing your fundraising letter may not always be easy by try to make it as personal as possible. Here is a sample of the letter one of our Pink It To The Limit runners sent out:
On one level, the change is obvious. My house still resembles a locker room as it is cluttered with sports equipment and evidence of the two boys who live there. But among the pile of baseball cleats, one pair is pink now. The mound of laundry in the basket is still just as huge (and still just as filthy), but some of the denim is sparkly, and there are sequined leotards and some cheetah print among the athletic jerseys and khaki pants. "I don't like plain," she says, so our lives have been infused with fancy touches of glitter and sprinkles and fringe and feathers. But on a much deeper level, the change she has made in my life has been more blinding than all of that playful glitter and glow. She has made me think about how to live. As I watch her tear through her day - that wild hair flying and that determined look on her face- I see a passion, a spirit, and a courage that I wish I had.
I know of another little girl who was, I think, a lot like my daughter. Emily Ransom was fashionable and bright, particular and opinionated, and she was adored. She was the little sister of two older brothers, and she was known as the Pink Power Ranger Princess. In October of 2005, at the tender age of 2, she was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer of the sympathetic nervous system. She bravely completed 5 rounds of Chemotherapy, had 3 surgeries, 4 blood transfusions, and made 2 trips to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where her stem cells were harvested. On February 20, 2006, during her 4th surgery, she won her battle with cancer and, as her family says, "went to swim in Heaven and dance with Jesus." All of this in less than 5 months.
Emily's Power for a Cure is a foundation established by her family to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for Neuroblastoma while supporting families and children who are currently in treatment for the disease. I am following my Elizabeth's lead and I am going to run a half marathon with other Power for a Cure members in Nashville on April 28th. I hope to raise $1,000 in memory of Emily Ransom and in honor of all of the other children who are fighting to live. I am getting my courage and nerve from Emily and Elizabeth!
Any donation you can make to help me achieve my goal is tax deductible, greatly appreciated, and greatly needed. By February 20th, I hope to have reached my monetary goal. Emily won her battle with cancer one year ago on this day. It seems fitting to have this as my "due date."
Checks may be made out to The Community Foundation with a memo to Emily's Power for a Cure.