Posts Tagged ‘AIDS’

They gave me a shoe

February 8, 2010

A long, long time ago, I did the JDRF-Hawaii here in Honolulu, to help raise funds to support research for a cure for juvenile diabetes.  I mentioned here that I was doing this, and mentioned that I thought it would be neat to shoot for a goal of raising $3445 — since it is, after all, a rather magical number.

And as I mentioned, with your help, I helped raise over $1000 as part of Team Taylor — I say part, because Team Taylor ultimately raised over $14,000, making it the leading fund raising team this year.

The wife and kids and I had a great time preparing for and doing the walk, and have been looking forward to next year and a chance to do it again.  But we thought we’d closed that chapter.

Until the JDRF came calling.  They scheduled an awards dinner for this past Friday night, and Team Taylor was going to be honored.  Would be like to join some of the team for the dinner?  Of course.  And to my surprise, they gave me a shoe — a glass sneaker award for having helped raise over $1000.

I was bowled over.  I was excited just to hang out with some of the team, and to enjoy a nice meal, but an award?  Wow.

So, thank you.  Thank you for helping me – again – and thank you for supporting JDRF.

I doubt I’ll do anything like this again any time soon.  But lots of others are.  I considered trying to raise funds for the Fischer House next week, when I do the Great Aloha Run, but realized that I was really behind the power curve (I’m still running, though).  Clay is chasing her dream of completing a triathlon, and raising funds for the fight against AIDS, which I think is awesome.  My awesome brother is doing the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, and is working hard to prepare for it.  I’m doing some work, I think, for the April fundraiser / foodraiser for the Hawaii Food Bank, in an effort to keep acting local.

And I suspect that many of you are also doing things — locally and maybe not so locally.  Please share; after IBOL, I’d love to hear how else you are working to help others.  It does me good to hear these things from time to time, too.