Posts Tagged ‘JDRF’

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.

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The walk and the tour

November 17, 2009

Just a short update on two not-so-important things.

The JDRF walk was this weekend. It was a fantastic event — they’ve been doing it on the island here for something like 16 years, and it’s evolved into a very smooth, well run event. We woke up that morning to rain — and a lot of it! — but it had stopped by the time we arrived for the pre-walk run and held off until after the walk was complete.

Thank you, for all that contributed in support of this. While I wasn’t able to meet my goal, I was able to help raise over $1000, helping Taylor’s team raise more than $8000 — far beyond their original goal of $5000! The wife and kids and I were talk of the 188 walkers on Team Taylor Kicking Diabetes — with TKD being the largest team to participate.

So, thank you. We had fun doing it, we enjoyed the morning and the great company on the walk, and we enjoyed being able to not only support Taylor and her efforts, but to help support research that will someday lead to finding a cure.

The walk, if you’re interested, started and ended in Kapiolani Park, looping around it and the (totally awesome) Honolulu Zoo. Here’s the map showing the location — yes, it’s right along the beach and yes, it is that awesome and beautiful.

Me, I loved the trees that lines so much of the route.

It helps that the view from the park features Diamond Head.

And if you’re interested, Taylor and her efforts have made the news locally here and here. Who wouldn’t want to report on a cute kid taking on an awesome challenge like this?

Now, about that IBOL World Tour.

This weekend, we’re flying to Oregon. Nothing like last minute details, right? Well, the Army was involved, so things tend to work out that way. The wife and maybe MIL and maybe even the kids and I are planning to go to Beaverton on Tuesday, 24 November — yes, just two days ahead of Thanksgiving. If you’re interested, we’ll meet at the Starbucks in Beaveton (11405 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005-2929) [map] at 1400 / 2pm. I’m using my Google Ninja Skills (GNS) to ferret out where the Sew Mama Sew folks actually do their magic, in case they can’t make it to coffee. But, by all means, feel free to stop by their blog and leave a comment of “OMG! OMG! IBOL Tuesday is next week!” and help me flush them out from their secret lair. (I actually favored calling it IBOLapalooza.)

And stop two on the world tour will be 03 December at 1400 / 2 pm. The Mountain Quilters Cottage isn’t too far from where I’ll be hiding out, and they’re open something like 10 to 5 on weekdays. I figured we could just meet there and chat. If things get really out of hand, we can head on over to the Village Ice Cream & Sweet Shop, though we’d need to see if it’s still open (I heard that it’s up for sale). A little ice cream never hurt, right? Lake Arrowhead is a bit more laid back — I figure we can just play this one by ear a bit more.

Interested? Leave me a comment, or just shoot me an email. And by all means — help me recruit others to come and join in the fun. I think Happy Zombie said she’s make the drive down to Beaverton (probably just to sneak at peak at the SMS Secret Lair, if I can find it). Not sure who else would show up in Lake Arrowhead, but I do know that the shop is wonderful.