On Thursday morning, I woke up at 4:45 am from a nightmare that I didn’t get into the NYC Half Marathon only to check the computer and find out that my dream was true. I did not get in. I wrote a really depressing post at 5 am and then went back to sleep for an hour.
I was inordinately bummed. I don’t know why, but this really affected me. I commuted to work in a state of sadness; there may have been a few tears. I know this is irrational but I just really, really wanted to get in. Something about it being on my birthday just made me want it more.
I found myself navigating back to the New York Road Runners website, to the NYC Half Marathon page, and to the guaranteed spot with charities. I looked at some of the charities, and one stuck out to me above the rest.
I considered it.
Then I decided against it. I’d have to raise $1,000. That is a lot of money. How would I get people to donate? It seemed impossible. I checked the comments from the post I wrote at 5 am that morning. A few people mentioned an auction, and while it would require a lot of coordination on my part, I began to consider it.
I discussed with my friend at ColorHungry and tried to determine if raising $1,000 is something I could do on this blog. I don’t have the largest readership, especially after I basically stopped posting in December. But I do have some readers, and I have lots of blogger friends who might be able to help. And I know people with extraordinary talent who would be willing to donate their goods or services.
I decided to reach out to some of these people. Within a couple hours, I had 15 amazing donations from people and companies for the auction. And I knew it would be possible to meet my $1,000 goal.
I called the charity I wanted to run for – Think Pink Rocks – and inquired about whether there were still half marathon spots left. Stephanie, the founder of the charity, said yes! I gave her my information and just like that I got a guaranteed spot in the NYC Half Marathon. I was suddenly in the greatest mood.
Think Pink Rocks is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about early detection of and genetic testing for breast cancer and to provide funding for screening, treatment and research.
Stephanie, the founder, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. My mom was actually diagnosed at age 37, which is why I knew I wanted to work with this charity over the others.
I will be officially running the NYC Half Marathon for Think Pink Rocks and here is where you all come in!
I am going to hold an auction on my blog on Thursday, January 21 (exactly 2 months until the half marathon!). Please let me know if you have anything you’d like to donate – it could be crafty, like if you make jewelery. It could be baked goods. It could be a service you provide, like if you are a nutritionist or trainer. It can be workout DVDs. Anything at all!
I’ve already got some really great donations which I am excited about (and can’t WAIT to share with you all!), but I would love to have MORE. The more donations, the closer I can get to reaching my $1,000 goal for Think Pink Rocks.
The auction will begin at 10 am on January 21.
I will post more specific details about the auction soon. It hasn’t hit me yet that I will actually have to run 13.1 miles. More to come on my training plan soon!
Do you have anything to donate? Please comment or email and let me know! Please include a short description of the product or service as well. And if you just want to donate straight to my donation page, I would be forever grateful! Click on the link below:
I would appreciate any donation at all — even if you think it seems small. It isn’t. EVERY little bit will help and will go towards a really amazing cause. And feel free to send the link around.
All donations to THINK PINK ROCKS will benefit 501 (c) (3) charitable organizations. Beneficiaries are: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; BRCH Women’s Center for Breast Care; The American Cancer Society / Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; Reach Global / Jacob International; The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation; The H.O.P.E. Project; University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.