Q: Why did you start your campaign?
A: I came to Bonfire to help my campaign raise money for multiple myeloma. I have never done fundraising before this campaign. Let me just say this now, I am amazed at the power of asking people for help. I have learned that you get so much more than what you put in. It has definitely been an amazing journey! Originally, I was just going to compete in the 2013 Florida Ironman competition scheduled for Nov. 2. However, my friend convinced me to join the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation PowerTeam, which carries with it a minimum commitment of $4,000 in donations.
Q: What is your campaign’s story?
A: When I was 14 years old I watched Julie Moss crawl the last 30 yards of the Hawaii IRONMAN and it blew me away. I've wanted to do that race ever since. Three weeks after signing up to raise money for MMRF in my first ever IRONMAN later this year, I got some shocking news..... the top fundraiser would win a spot in the 2014 Hawaii IRONMAN! From that moment I've been able to think about little else. I knew this was my moment, I have to throw everything I have at this to make my dream come true. And the best part is, If I fall short, I'll know I did everything I could to raise a ton of money for a really great cause. That's a win/win if there ever was one. If you feel moved to help this 44 year old mother of two reach a long time dream AND support a great cause, please buy a t-shirt. It all adds up! Check out my website for more info!
Q: What is the core message that you want to come across to readers?
A: I would like readers to know that belief is the most powerful weapon. For example, in my journey things that should have been impossible became possible. Also, you have to take the guts to take the next step. I strongly believe that things may not always happen the way you want, but if you stay positive, you can change your fate.
Q: If you reach your fundraising goal, can you give us an idea of how you will spend the donations?
A: Originally I was so focused on the minimum of $4,000 (which seemed so big) but I should have been asking myself, ‘how much higher could we get?’” Invigorated far beyond my previous level of motivation, I increased my official fundraising goal to $20,000. Regardless if I get to Hawaii or not, I know the right thing to do is raise as much money as possible. I want to be able to say I did everything I could and left it all on the table for The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Ultimately, 100% of the donations will go to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.