Over three days this November, I will be walking 60 miles in the Arizona Breast Cancer 3-Day. This walk will be much more than “just a walk” – it will be raising money to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

Over the next several months, I will be spending many, many, many hours in training (By the time the walk starts, I will have logged enough miles to take me from Phoenix to my hometown of Houston!

I have committed to raising $2,200 to participate in this walk. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me achieve this goal. I’ll be doing all the walking...all you need to do is follow this link to my fundraising headquarters to submit your contribution.

You may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and I would be proud to walk in her honor as well. Please feel free to send me an email or leave a comment with their name. I will create a ribbon just for them and attach it to my backpack.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women, and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. I’m taking on this challenge to do something big that will help raise awareness and help in finding a cure.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope that you’ll share in this incredible adventure with me. Please leave comments or email me (txaggie02@hotmail.com) if you have any questions.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Garage Sale

After the Bunco party I met my fundraising goal but my teammate Melissa was still about $800 short. We had a garage sale yesterday at Martie's house to help Melissa raise some more. It was the community garage sale weekend so that helped bring more traffic through (although the sign was stolen and later found but that will be a separate blog story). We got a ton of stuff donated. Most of it came from Martie's family. There was a steady flow of customers for the first hour or so and then it started to slow down. That was probably about the time the sign was stolen because there was a dramatic reduction in number of customers. We also found out that with garage sales it doesn't matter if the money is going to charity people only want a good deal. Martie tried to price individual items but I think that scared customers off. Finally we just asked people to make us an offer. By noon the customer stream was non-existent so we decided to pick up and eat some Taco Bell. The remaining items (and there was a lot) went to other charities. The clothes and shoes went to Martie's church because they give it to homeless people. The other items were donated to the VA because they were having their pick up on Monday. We ended up raising $200 but I thought for sure with all the stuff we had we could make at least double that. Martie's dad ended up stopping by and he asked Melissa how much more she needed and she said $600. Martie's dad ended up donating the rest. What a super guy!

We were supposed to have a canning fundraiser next weekend at Wal-Mart but since we've all reached our goal I don't know if we're still going to do it. Especially since next weekend's training is the BIG ONE (18 miles on Saturday and 15 miles on Sunday)!

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