I wanted to update you on what's going on with my Operation Jack project. If you need a review, check out my first post on the subject.
I had originally thought that I wanted to donate all money raised to a charity that could potentially benefit Cullen. But I decided now that I will split money raised between two charities. First, the Geisinger Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute. Cullen was seen by Dr. Thomas Challman at the Geisinger Bucknell Center for Autism in Lewisburg and it felt like we were FINALLY where we needed to be. We will continue to follow up there so it seems fitting that I raise money for them.
Second, is Operation Jack. Sam (Jack's dad) has been majorly supportive in getting some of my ideas off the ground. He's done a lot of good on his own for the cause, and if not for him, I probably wouldn't be doing this in the first place.
While on a run an idea occurred to me- wouldn't it be neat to organize my own running event as a fundraiser? People do it all the time. No matter where you live, if you wanted to run a 5k this weekend I bet you could find one (or two or three!) Therein lies a problem..... how do I make mine stand out? Answer- have it when no one else in the area is having one- New Year's Day. But will that be enough? How about making it different than a 5k? Something that die-hard competitive runners and walkers could both enjoy.
Introducing The Resolution Challenge! A three hour event on New Year's Day in which your objective is to complete as many laps as possible. Great! The concept is finalized. Now for all the major and minor details. I have already learned a lot from talking to Sam at Operation Jack and to Tara at fitforfunds.com. For instance, I'll need a permit ($). I'll have to purchase insurance ($$). If I want a timing company, be prepared to pay $500 ($$$). Its going to be cold, wouldn't outdoor space heaters be great ($$)?! And music would sure make it fun ($$). Don't forget publicizing, t-shirts, medals, food, hydration, portapotties, emergency personnel, prizes, etc, etc, etc ($$$$$). Now I'm feeling overwhelmed. I barely have the cash to pay my bills! How will I front the money necessary to pull off The Resolution Challenge?! Answer- I need sponsors. And I need YOUR help getting them. How great would it be if a local insurance company covered the cost of insurance? If a local coffee shop provided coffee and donuts at the start of the event and a pizza joint fed us at the end? If a grocery store provided snacks and beverages? If some EMTs volunteered their time? If a DJ came and set up so we could have some music? I know there are people out there willing to donate their time, talents, and cash. I need YOUR help finding them! If you or someone you know can help me get this thing going, speak up! I'll take all the help I can get. Sponsors are the first step. With much gratitude in my heart, til next time!