Milwaukee Businesses: Sponsor Team Challenge!

I will complete the 13.1-mile Wine Country Half Marathon on July 18, 2010, with Team Challenge to raise funds and awareness for research leading to improved treatment options and a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

I am looking for a few great Milwaukee-area businesses to be corporate sponsors:

  • GOLD $1000 sponsorship: Team Challenge will print your logo on all the singlets Team Challenge Wisconsin runners will wear at the half marathon, plus I’ll post your logo and a link to your business on both my fund raising site ( and blog (
  • SILVER $500 sponsorship: I will post your logo and a link to your business on both my fund raising site and blog.
  • BRONZE $250 sponsorship: I will post a link to your business on both my fund raising site and blog.

Besides my undying gratitude and the aforementioned logo/link business, I will of course be talking your business up on Twitter, Facebook and this blog. But, seriously, how cool would it be to have your logo on all the shirts the racers from Wisconsin wear?!

More than 80 cents per dollar raised by CCFA goes directly to research and patient support, and your contribution is tax deductible. Of course, your good wishes and positive vibes to sustain me in my training and your praise as I cross the finish line will also be graciously accepted. The CCFA received one of only six “A” ratings from the American Institute of Philanthropy, consistently meets the standards established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Allia

Thank you for your consideration!

Learn more by clicking here.

Fundraiser: Stone Creek Coffee

Hey everyone! I’ve teamed up with Stone Creek Coffee, a Milwaukee company, to sell coffee and raise money for Team Challenge and the half marathon I plan to run/walk in July. I am selling the Custom Blend (that will have a special label on it, created by me!), French Roast, Hazelnut, Organic Fair Trade, Cream City Blend (regular and decaf) along with Hot Chocolate.

$5 from each pound of coffee and $3 from each tin of hot chocolate will go directly toward my goal of raising $3800 for Crohn’s and Colitis Research.

I am running this fundraiser through March 7. If you’d like to place an order, click here or send me an e-mail ( If you live in the Milwaukee area, I will personally deliver the coffee to you! If you’re not in the Milwaukee area, contact me to work something out.

I’m losing it for a good cause

When I first began this journey, I decided that my first big challenge would be running a 5k in 2010. I decided my first race would be the Storm the Bastille in July here in Milwaukee. Then, my friend Anne told me about her new job, coaching for Team Challenge. Color me intrigued.

Three weeks into my journey to get healthy, I pushed myself to walk for 2 hours and 5.6 miles on a treadmill, without any training. If I could do that after just weeks of exercise, surely I could run a 5k this year, right?

Well, I did some research about Team Challenge and talked with Anne more about the program. I realized that Team Challenge raises money for Crohn’s and Colitis research. My grandmother battled ulcerative colitis for more than two decades. My godmother has suffered from colitis for as long as I can remember. My uncle has battled both diseases for years.

What’s that saying, “Go big or go home?” Well, I’m going big.

Today I made it official. I’m doing a half-marathon in 160 days. I’m planning to walk it, but if my training goes as I hope it will, I will be running and walking the Wine Country Half Marathon from Napa to Sonoma July 18, 2010.

I will be blogging about my training here at Losing it, as well as documenting all my exercising at DailyMile.

Now, there is a catch with this training program (did I mention Anne will be my COACH?). I have to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis research. My goal is to raise $3800 by July 1, 2010. If you are so inclined, I would be honored to have you be a sponsor! You can learn more by clicking on this link or the image below.