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Fandom 5K Update

I run my 5K for Fandom 5K tomorrow. I don't know if I'll make my goal time or not, though I've hit it in practice. Frankly, I'm pretty okay no matter what happens. I've gotten in better shape over the past few months than I have been in quite some time, so I feel like I've done well with the first goal of Fandom 5K. However, in training and, well, living life and all that, I've somehow managed to quite forget about the second goal, which was to help raise money for charity. Now, I was under the impression that the 5K I'm running was a charity race where people could pledge to support me with a charity donation, but I was wrong. While my race does, in fact, benefit breast cancer research and treatment here in Maine, it does so only through the entry fees of the runners. It is not designed to be a pledge drive type of race.

So I'm doing something different on my own, and I'm picking a different charity.

Why? Because it's Mother's Day here in the States and every single fun run and other event in the country is donating to breast cancer stuff this weekend, and because frankly that particular cause is very often supported in general. That's a great thing, but I've thought long and hard about which cause to support, and finally, I've decided to support Shriner's Hospital for Children. My reason for this is mostly personal, but there is another method to my madness, as well.

You see, today is taj_mahal07  's birthday, and I want to do something special for her. As far as I know, dear Taj hasn't needed anything like what Shriner's provides in her lifetime, but I have a sneaking suspicion she might smile if a child smiled because of her.

So I start the donations off with one of my own.


Happy birthday, Taj. This one's all in honor of you and the smiles you bring to my life.

If you'd like to join me in honoring a friend, relative, special event, or anything else over the next week, make a donation of whatever you can to whatever charity you'd like (I'd suggest Shriner's, Red Cross Aid for the Gulf Coast, which seems to have been forgotten even faster than most natural disaster areas, or Heifer International, but that's just me) and leave me a comment. I trust you. I'm not going to ask for receipts. *grin*

Originally, the idea of the Fandom 5K was that us participants would offer fan works (fanfiction made to order in my case) in exchange for donations or as prizes for the largest donation, etc. I've decided that I don't want to do that after all. I was all for it at first, as my muse needed a kick in the pants, but frankly I'm just not okay with putting her up for sale. She's too special for that and a finicky little wench to boot, so I'm not sure she'll cooperate (A) and (B) my life is insane right now to the point that I just can't promise anything. Also, I'm just not interested in pitting my friends against one another or making anyone feel pressured to donate anything.

So, forgive me, but I'm out for that part.

That said, you can rest assured that anyone who donates will find some little surprise upon their virtual (or perhaps literal) doorstep one day. I won't say when, and I won't say what, but I'm sure something will come along. My muse is awfully good at things like that. Feel free to leave me ideas. I don't mind that at all. Sometimes, they strike like rattlesnakes and burn like fire until I write stories for them. You never know. *evil grin* Thanks to anyone who plays along, and I'll see you after I cross the finish line tomorrow!

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taj_mahal07
May. 8th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Wow...wabbit, you made me smile and cry. What an amazing gift. Best wishes on your run tomorrow...whatever time you make, I am sooooo proud of you!!! xoxo
jackwabbit
May. 8th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
When I got this comment, I just sat and smiled for a good, oh, three minutes straight. Thanks, babe. I'm glad you like it.

Also, I <3 you back, and I'm beyond touched at your reciprocity.

I'm off to bed in just a few, as the race is early-ish, but I'll be thinking of you in the morning for sure. Thanks again. (((taj)))
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jackwabbit
May. 9th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
I did! I did! And look at you! Wow!

Hm...now to think of something cool...hm... ;)
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