‘Twas the night before the Columbus Buddy Walk,
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Except for the mama/team captain who is too busy worrying about packing up the car, remembering every last little detail for the tailgate, and hoping that it won’t rain in the morning…
Yep. Time for bed. Tomorrow is Buddy Walk day!!
In less than 48 hours, the Buddy Walk will have come and gone. Team Alex officially broke the $10,000 mark today, and I couldn’t be happier. Or more tired. 😉
There is still a lot to do to prepare for the walk, and we are very excited to see everyone on Sunday morning.
With an early morning tomorrow (and inevitably, a late night!), I’m off to bed. Happy weekend!
As I have a monster headache and am so far over this day I.Can’t.Even, I decided to share some information I sent out to Team Alex, many hours ago when I was in a happier mood. 😉
Here are some fun stats about our team this year:
Seven more days!
I’ve been fundraising since 3/21. I’m tired…but probably not nearly as tired as those who have listened to/read my pleas for donations for the last (almost) six months.
A week from right now, I will be relaxing, much like I imagine Santa Claus relaxes on 12/26.
I have a lot of work to do to prep for the Team Alex Tailgate, but that’s the fun part. Let’s just hope this cold I feel coming on takes a hike, because I don’t have time to slow down!
Should you feel inspired to donate, and help us reach $10,000 by Friday, 9/19, please visit our team page here.
Since March 21st, I’ve been working to reach a fundraising goal for Team Alex and the Columbus Buddy Walk, to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio. I have posted incessantly on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, sharing the link to our fundraising page countless times. I have asked you to buy Tupperware, eat out on a particular day, and for the second time in the last six weeks I am telling you about our amazing #InclusionMatters campaign (seriously, do not delay…order your shirt now, because this time, once they’re gone, they’re really gone!).
It’s been a never ending parade of requests, all centered around this fundraiser that is near and dear to my heart.
And the amazing thing is, people are listening. Acting. Reacting. It’s incredible.
You are registering to walk with us, or giving a donation if you can’t be here on 9/21 for our walk. You are ordering the Tupperware and eating out. You are buying a fabulous shirt with an even more fantastic message, and you’re telling your friends to do the same. You are hitting yourselves in the face with pies. You have resisted blocking me and all my posts on Facebook. All in the name of Team Alex.
This makes me very, very happy. I see how Alex has touched so many lives, and how people want to help. We are fortunate and thankful to have such amazing family and friends. So, thank you, sincerely, for all that you’re doing to help us reach a goal.
Only a little over a month to go, then you won’t have to hear (too much) about the Buddy Walk until March 21st rolls around again. Of course, Girl Scout Cookie season will be upon us in that interim… 😉
As you may or may not already know, my family participates in the Columbus Buddy Walk, to honor my son with Down syndrome. This year, Team Alex is celebrating our 11th walk!
To help drive our fundraising efforts, I just sent out a message to our previous supporters. In an effort to reach even more people with this information, I thought this would make great material for Tales from the Duck Pond.
And so, I give you today’s blog.
June 10, 2014
Team Alex is back again and ready for our biggest year ever! Registration is open; you can sign up to walk with us on Sunday, 9/21, at Crew Stadium by visiting our team’s fundraising page. We can’t wait to see you there!
Team Alex, the Buddy Walk team honoring my son, will walk in our 11th Buddy Walk this September. Eleven?!? Doesn’t seem possible, yet here I am, working on my 11th campaign to raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio. Our team’s goal this year is to raise $7500, none of which is specifically earmarked for Alex; rather, all of the funds raised will benefit our entire Down syndrome community, providing valuable programming for individuals with Ds and their families.
Last year we started proclaiming the third day of the week as $10 Tuesday. This is a fun and simple way to not only raise money for our team, but also raise awareness for the event and our mission. So, each Tuesday, you’ll see me post to Facebook and Twitter an announcement to remind everyone to visit our Team Alex page to donate $10.
Of course, the option to donate more than $10 is always there, and we hope that you’ll even register to walk with us on 9/21 to show your support for Alex and his peers. The event is fantastic; what could be better than a big celebration of inclusion and accomplishments?
We also hope that when you see these posts signaling the arrival of another $10 Tuesday, you will be moved to share the posts and help us raise even more awareness of the event (and, ok, raise more money). It’s so easy to share a Facebook post or retweet a statement on Twitter, and those simple acts can really do so much.
So here we go, with another $10 Tuesday! Click here to make your donation or join our team. On Facebook? Please click here to “like” our Team Alex page so you can stay up to date with all of our fundraising efforts. On Twitter? Follow me here to stay connected.
Thank you for reading today’s post (psst…I’m on a journey to blog every day for a year; I haven’t missed a day yet in 2014!), and I hope that if you are moved to support Team Alex and DSACO you will click through the links to learn more. If you are interested in getting involved with our fundraising efforts, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Go Team Alex!!
It’s Monday. We’re all tired, right? And, I want to watch Dancing with the Stars. But, since I’m on this journey to post a blog every day this year, I can’t just bail and let everyone down. So, I’ve decided to share with you my other blog space.
I’m fortunate enough to be working with a wonderful foundation on a new concept which can benefit Buddy Walks across the nation, and part of my job is contributing to their blog. Today during a conference call, I was referred to as the “resident blogger”…way cool!! Please check out my very first blog post on the ds-connex blog.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Until tomorrow, friends.