When her kids’s babysitter was recognized with a uncommon type of lung most cancers in January of this 12 months, Shannon Draisey knew she had to assist. Since Cheryl loved strolling, a walk-a-thon was a becoming occasion and so one was deliberate to boost cash for her most cancers therapy.
Sadly Cheryl’s situation worsened somewhat shortly and he or she handed away on March 11th. Nonetheless plans continued for the stroll in her honor and the title was modified to the first Annual Reminiscence March for Markley 2 Mile Run/Stroll.
Everybody was welcome to come back assist rejoice Cheryl’s life, assist her household and lift consciousness about lung most cancers. Moreover walkers there have been additionally runners, mothers with strollers, children on bikes and grandparents who participated.
Shannon stated, “I used the data from Step by Step Fundraising to help me in sending out letters to enterprise/organizations asking for his or her assist as a sponsor, in newspaper adverts and within the sponsor equipment the I created for my stroll.”
The stroll was April 30, 2005 at a neighborhood park. Every participant obtained a t-shirt with the occasion date and an image of Cheryl. Particularly since most of the individuals had been associates or household, the t-shirts had been tremendously appreciated. Over 100 folks attended the stroll, and after bills the occasion raised $3600 for the household.
There was a particular kickoff ceremony with a prayer and balloon launch. The balloons had been in lavender, which is the final most cancers consciousness colour and ivory/clear, the lung most cancers consciousness colour.
Because the stroll was to profit a person and never a registered non revenue group, donors weren’t allowed to contemplate contributions as tax deductible. Nonetheless, Shannon did not discover this to be an excessive amount of of an issue and had many individuals together with companies donate cash, items and companies.
Shannon despatched out roughly 200 letters to native enterprise and organizations which resulted in 28 sponsors. A few of them had been financial and a few contributed water, the signal for the stroll, a gator to get across the park in, and different provides.
“I must say private associates of Cheryl made the stroll a hit. With over 100 those that confirmed up, all of them knew Cheryl and wished to assist. However by placing an advert in our native newspaper weekly for a month previous to the stroll helped to generate some extra walkers.”
When requested what recommendation she would give to different stroll organizers, Shannon replied, “If you wish to manage a run/stroll be sure you get in contact with somebody who has organized one up to now. They’ve priceless data, ideas and do’s and dont’s that can assist make your stroll a hit.”
Whereas this 12 months’s stroll was for the household of 1 individual effected by most cancers, subsequent 12 months’s stroll will likely be expanded to deal with elevating consciousness about lung most cancers prevention. Shannon want to assist educate the general public in regards to the risks of radon ranges in basements, which Cheryl’s docs imagine was the rationale that she developed lung most cancers.
Subsequent 12 months’s stroll will profit radon analysis or lung most cancers analysis. Shannon can be contemplating donating a portion of the proceeds to the native most cancers coalition and beginning a scholarship or humanitarian award in Cheryl’s title.