Household & Mates Stroll To Honor A Younger Girl’s Struggle In opposition to Cancer
When her kids’s babysitter was diagnosed with a uncommon form of lung cancer in January of this yr, Shannon Draisey knew she had to help. Since Cheryl enjoyed strolling, a stroll-a-thon was a fitting occasion and so one was deliberate to lift money for her most cancers remedy.
Unfortunately Cheryl’s condition worsened reasonably shortly and she passed away on March 11th. However plans continued for the stroll in her honor and the title was modified to the first Annual Reminiscence March for Markley 2 Mile Run/Stroll.
Everybody was welcome to return help have a good time Cheryl’s life, assist her family and raise awareness about lung most cancers. Apart from walkers there have been also runners, can coozy mothers with strollers, children on bikes and grandparents who participated.
Shannon stated, “I used the data from Step-by-step Fundraising to help me in sending out letters to business/organizations asking for his or her help as a sponsor, in newspaper ads and within the sponsor kit the I created for my stroll.”
The stroll was April 30, 2005 at an area park. Every participant received a t-shirt with the event date and an image of Cheryl. Especially since many of the participants were pals or household, the t-shirts had been tremendously appreciated. Over a hundred individuals attended the walk, and after bills the occasion raised $3600 for the household.
For the reason that stroll was to benefit an individual and never a registered non revenue organization, donors were not allowed to contemplate contributions as tax deductible. Nonetheless, Shannon didn’t find this to be a lot of a problem and had many people together with businesses donate money, goods and companies.
Shannon despatched out approximately 200 letters to native enterprise and organizations which resulted in 28 sponsors. A few of them had been financial and some contributed water, the signal for the stroll, a gator to get across the park in, and different provides.
“I must say personal pals of Cheryl made the stroll successful. With over 100 folks that confirmed up, all of them knew Cheryl and needed to assist. However by putting an ad in our local newspaper weekly for a month prior to the stroll helped to generate some additional walkers.”
When requested what advice she would give to different walk organizers, Shannon replied, “In order for you to organize a run/stroll be sure you get in contact with somebody who has organized one in the past. They have helpful information, ideas and do’s and dont’s that can assist make your stroll a hit.”
Whereas this yr’s stroll was for the family of 1 individual effected by cancer, subsequent yr’s walk will likely be expanded to focus on raising awareness about lung cancer prevention. Shannon would like to help educate the public in regards to the dangers of radon levels in basements, which Cheryl’s medical doctors believe was the reason that she developed lung cancer.
Subsequent 12 months’s stroll will profit radon analysis or lung cancer analysis. Shannon is also contemplating donating a portion of the proceeds to the native most cancers coalition and starting a scholarship or humanitarian award in Cheryl’s name.