As you surely know from my weekly Physical Challenge updates, in late September I’m competing in the Virgil Crest Ultra race. But what you may not know is that I’ve turned the event into a fundraiser for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. The race is Herculean in its proportions, and it will take a monumental effort to sufficiently train between now and then in order to finish (and hopefully do fairly well in the rankings). While it’ll make for one heck of a personal journey for me, and ideally, an entertaining saga for you to follow here on NGNP, I also want to make it about more than just me. Which is where the NFCA fundraiser comes in.
I’ve created a fundraising page at First Giving. Please have a look and read my plea. Then, consider supporting me by making a donation to the NFCA. As you’ll see, my goal is to raise $5,010. That equates to $100 per mile. If each of NGNP’s monthly readers donated just $5 dollars, we’d easily surpass my fundraising goal. Perhaps you can make a flat donation, in any amount, large or small, in support of the cause. If you’re skeptical and don’t think I’ll be able to finish the race, why not support me per mile? (Estimate the number of miles you think I’ll complete – say, 40 – decide how much you want to sponsor per mile – say, $1 – and that would make for a $40 donation.) Fellow GF bloggers, Facebookers and Tweeters, please consider sharing this fundraiser with your readers. And NGNP readers in the Finger Lakes region of NY, why not consider coming by the actual race? I’d love to have your support in that way, too!
I know that we all have many causes in our lives that are worthy of our time and our dollars. I hope you consider making the NFCA one of those causes. Celiac Disease – and gluten more generally – affects all of us here at NGNP, whether you deal with it first-hand, or have a family member or friend or coworker who does. And you don’t have to have CD to benefit from the NFCA’s work. Their mission to raise awareness about gluten-free issues has a positive impact on anyone following a GF diet, whether for CD, gluten intolerance, wheat allergy, or another reason.
Thank you in advance for your support. I deeply appreciate it, and hope to smash my fundraising goal!