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Shaving my head for St. Baldrick's

By Jessie ·
Blame it on Jaqui. I was going to wait until the 15th and start this thread, but his birthday is on the 13th, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAQUI, and he wants you all to donate to childhood cancer research as a birthday present to him.

Also, I have a serious question in regard to fundraising at work; How should I approach my boss who's in another state in regards to company matching: email or phone call, and what do I say?

So that you all know why I am doing this; I spent 19 days of the month of July 2006 baking and taking food up to Children's Mercy Hospital for my step-sister, her husband, and their children while they were watching over their sweet infant baby Samuel Caine Hamilton as he lay dying. Sammy was diagnosed with rhabdoid cancer of the liver on July 8th of 2006. He was just 3 months and 1 week old. After two chemo treatments and several blood transfusions, Sammy passed away from his cancer on July 27 2006.

Rhabdoid cancer is an exceedingly rare and virulent form of childhood cancer. It mostly strikes children between 0 and 2 years old and the survival rate is only 20-25%. In solidarity with children who lose their hair due to chemo treatments, and in honor of my sweet baby nephew Sammy, I am shaving my head in a fundraiser for St. Baldrick's on March 15th of this year and I am asking for your sponsorship. All proceeds go to funding childhood cancer research.

If you'd like to donate on my head, go to this site: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shavee_info.html?ParticipantKey=2008|21904

And for more of Sammy's story, go to this site: http://www.samuelcainecancerfund.com/

Thank you all in advance
Jessie

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Pink punchbuggy

by NickNielsen In reply to Shaving my head for St. B ...

No punch-backs!

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Still?

by maecuff In reply to Shaving my head for St. B ...

$250.00???

C'mon! We can do better than that!

bump.

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If and ONLY if

by Jessie In reply to Shaving my head for St. B ...

Now, I know that some of you are waiting for payday and collecting your pennies before you go to the site to donate, but as a little extra incentive... IF and ONLY IF I make my $1000 goal, I will change my avatar to a pic of me BALD!!! How d'ya like THEM apples?

Is that enough of a challenge for you? ]:)

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$270.00, that is movement -Bump- <nt>

by Michael Jay In reply to Shaving my head for St. B ...
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$390... getting closer! <update>

by Jessie In reply to Shaving my head for St. B ...

I pestered some more family and friends for donations yesterday and got $120 more in contributions. I need to send out a few more thank yous.

I also emailed HR at my work to see about matching donations and to see if they'd let me contact some of my fellow associates regarding donations. Since it's only me and one other employee that work for the company in Missouri, everything has to be done by email so I need to cover myself really well.

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bumpbumpbumpbumpbump!

by gadgetgirl In reply to Shaving my head for St. B ...

(sorry for delayed post, Jess - poorly brain!)

have you thought about putting up donation posters at/in the kids' school/nursery/childcare?

Advertising what you're doing on lamposts - giving the web address?

Local shops?

Even if HR wouldn't match donations, would they let you use their photocopier and supplies for free?

Get onto Sonjawithaj and Beth to get the TR PTB involved - and get this onto bnet and cnet, too....

Right, that's it! Brain's worn out now.....

Besta luck - if you need any feedback on any ideas, pm me!

GG

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good ideas!

by Jessie In reply to bumpbumpbumpbumpbump!

I had thought about getting my kids schools involved, just haven't done it yet... not sure what I'm waiting for...

I live in a complex of about 400 townhomes and I'm probably going to go around this weekend or next and petition my neighbors door to door... or maybe hang up a sign in the office in time for people who are paying their rent, since there's a "no soliciting" policy here... or at least I should check with the orifice/office.

So far, HR hasn't responded to my email, and unfortunately, the office is in New Orleans, and I'm in Missouri, so there's no chance they're going to pay for me to fly down there and use their copier... only problem with the whole telecommute thing.

I'll pm you about the bnet, cnet thing... cuz I'm not sure how that would work.

Thank you!

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Still haven't heard from HR

by Jessie In reply to Shaving my head for St. B ...

At one point do I call to see if they got my email? I'm thinking maybe it got scrubbed by the spam-catcher.

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did you send it from your works account?

by gadgetgirl In reply to Still haven't heard from ...

it shouldn't have been caught as spam if you did.

Give them till Monday/Tuesday - then call them to ensure they received it. If you want to flannel them, ask also if there is a procedure you should be following regarding charitable donations.

Firms usually allocate money to set charities each year - over here they change charities on an annual basis to spread the donations - but they should also have a "slush" fund for charities in areas local to their areas of work.

If they don't want to donate money, or they've already spend their allotment, can you think of anything else they could help with? Giving you paid time off to get sponsors, perhaps, or a donation to fuel money?

GG

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I did finally hear back

by Tig2 In reply to Still haven't heard from ...

And you don't appear on any of our lists for matching.
That said, there are other ways.

Ask HR if they will sponsor you- send a company wide
mailing about the event and including your link.

A couple of the things I do- last year I raised over $6000.
This year I am going for $10,000.

I train at a local Mall until this icebox I live in defrosts. I
paper the Mall with flyers and I leave them in every shop.
I do organized fund raisers- the first is March 27. I do
garage sales and I do the door to door thing.

EVERYONE in my email address book gets email. I try to
get an update out every month.

To some extent, I have it a bit easier. I train for 6 months,
fund raise through that whole time.

I have coffee cans and pink ribbon pins at various local
businesses. I have flyers where I can't have cans.

I see a group of people that I used to work with every
month. I keep a "beer jar" on the table. If you order a
beer, you chuck a buck in. I've even had waitresses throw
tips in.

Find an old email from me- it likely has the 3 Day website
link. Go out there and check out the Fund Raising page.
There are all sorts of ideas there. If you can't reach
content, tell me what you are looking for and I can get at
it.

You'll get there. I have faith.

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