It’s the final countdown…

Ok folks, I need to raise $280 in 4 days. That’s about $70 a day. Can you help me out? If I don’t raise the money, I have to pay the balance myself… and Monday’s my birthday. Please don’t make me use my rent money to pay the balance.

All donations of $20+ made through November 16 will win a gift certificate to The Establishment Salon in Shorewood!

  • Donate $20 or more, get a $10 gift certificate*
  • Donate $40 or more, get a $20 gift certificate*
  • Donate $75 or more, get a $20 gift certificate & you are entered to win a $300 Aveda Shopping Spree @ The Establishment Salon

*limit of 1 gift certificate per donor, can not be combined with other offers

Blue & Orange Challenge

Ever wonder what I’d look like with streaks of orange and blue in my hair? Well here’s your chance. If we reach my goal fundraising amount – $2520by by 28th birthday on November 15 – I will have permanent orange and blue streaks dyed in my hair. My hairdresser, Dawn, has graciously agreed to donate her time and money to do the streaks.

And don’t forget, we’re Bowlin’ for the Colon tonight! Stop by and join the fun!

Help me leave the craps in Vegas (and win a prize!)

I’m begging now…

I need your help. As you know, I am training for a half marathon (48 days!!!!) to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

I’m asking for your help, both financially and in spreading the word. I know my e-mails/blogs/tweets/facebook/dailymile messages are out of control, but I’m totally freaking out. I have to raise $2520 and the clock is ticking down.

Currently, we have raised $1,073.39. I have 13 days to raise $1446.61 in order to meet my goal of raising $2520 by the end of October. That means I need to raise an average of $111.28 EACH DAY for the next 13 days.

And remember, if I hit my goal by the end of October, I’m getting blue and orange streaks put in my hair. My stylist already bought the dye, so don’t make me look like a fool.

What’s in it for me?

From now until Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m., I will do one crunch for EVERY DOLLAR DONATED. Yep, you heard me right. Donate $1 and I’ll do one crunch. Donate $5, and I’ll do 5. Donate $13.1, and I’ll do 13ish. Donate $25 and I’ll do 25. You get the idea (and the answer is YES. If you donate $1446.61 I will do 1446ish crunches. My sister will verify. Hell, if you donate $1446.61, I’ll live stream it).

For every $25 you donate, you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the store/restaurant of your choice.

What’s the big deal with Crohn’s and Colitis?

They’re quite literally shitty diseases.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases. Crohn’s disease is a chronic (ongoing) disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Although it can involve any area of the GI tract, it most commonly affects the small intestine and/or colon. Ulcerative colitis on the other hand, affects only the colon. The inflammation involves the entire rectum and extends up the colon in a continuous manner. There are no areas of normal intestine between the areas of diseased intestine. In contrast, such so-called “skip” areas may occur in Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis affects only the innermost lining of the colon, whereas Crohn’s disease can affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall.

I have three family members with either one or both of these diseases. When I was 20 years old, I had a colonoscopy because my doctors thought I, too, had Ulcerative Colitis. There is a strong possibility I could be diagnosed with the disease in the next 15 years (most people are diagnosed in their 30s). I already have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and am scared of the possibility of developing this crappy disease. I hope that if I am every diagnosed, there is already acure in place because I’ve seen first-hand how difficult it is to live with. And let’s be honest, I don’t want to have a raw ass for the rest of my life because of constant diarrhea.

Ok, I’m in. What should I do?

So, please donate today (http://tinyurl.com/vegas10) and/or tell your friends to donate. If 145 people each donate $10, I’ll hit my goal! C’mon interwebs, I know you know 145 people with $10 to spare.

What’s red and blue and orange?

I’m sure you’ve seen some of the pictures of me with electric blue bangs. That was a clip-on hair piece (obviously fake).

You also know I’m a little crazy.

You probably know that I am determined to help find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis.

I also have a hard time turning down a good challenge.

If y’all help me reach my goal of raising $2500 by the Team Challenge recommitment date of October 18, I will have permanent streaks of blue and orange dyed in my hair. Think highlights, only blue and orange. I will do this in November, a couple of weeks before the race. That means I’ll have blue and orange hair on Thanksgiving. And, it’ll still be there for Christmas, so you know my mother will be thrilled about that. Let’s also consider that I have red hair. Red hair is going to be hilarious with orange and blue streaks. Think about it.

October 18 is 63 days away. That means I have to raise $36.30 every day between now and then. If 3-4 people donate $10 each day, we’ll get there in no time. The reason why I really want to reach my own fundraising goal by October 18 is so I can spend the rest of the season helping my teammates reach their fundraising goals. As a mentor, I have “mentees,” many who have never done something like this before. I want to make sure each and every one of them gets to Vegas. Last season, I surpassed my goals fundraising-wise and was able to help out some teammates getting closer to their goals.

Can you spare $10, or can you spread the word to all your friends and family? Let’s leave the craps in Vegas!

Click here to donate: http://tinyurl.com/vegas10.

Half Marathon is just a 5k with a 10 mile warm up T-shirts for sale

It’s time for another crazy fundraising idea from your favorite blogger… I’m selling fabulous t-shirts to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

The shirt below (which will be blue with orange design), says, “A half marathon is just a 5k with a 10 mile warmup.” This design was inspired by some of our fabulous Team Challenge mentors, who sold shirts like this in years past. It’s also a fun saying in the running world. In case you were wondering, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. or, a 5k (3.1 miles) plus 10 miles. Please consider purchasing a shirt to benefit this AWESOME cause, and please wear them for your next 5k, workout session or just to support finding a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis!

PLEASE NOTE: You can pre-order til April 20 at 5 p.m. to save $1! (just place your order and I’ll issue a refund via Paypal). Shirts will be ready for pickup April 30. Any orders placed after April 20 will be the regular price of $15-18, depending on the size of the shirt.

Click here to place your order!

Amy’s £ for # challenge

My friend Alison, who lives in London, issued me a challenge last week. She said that for every pound I lose between March 12 and June 30, 2010, she would donate  to Team Challenge. She’s also donating £1 for each mile of the race. Currently, £1 is $1.53 USD. So, if I lose 20 pounds by June 30, she’ll donate $30.6 plus $20.04 for a total of $50.64.

I’m taking this challenge! I’m even issuing the challenge to myself. I will donate one pound for each pound I lose plus a pound for each mile of the race.

I lost .6 lbs in the last week. BUT there’s about 14 or 15 weeks until this challenge is up. I could lose 10 pounds, or I could lose 30. If you’d like to join me in this challenge and pledge to donate per pound, please fill out this form. Basically, by filling out the form, you’re pledging your donation of a £ for each pound I lose (or whichever selection you choose).

Remember, the exchange rate could change in the next 14 weeks – higher or lower.

Please note that by filling out the form, you are committing to the donation. I will be counting on you to donate this money. And, I’ll track you down til you do. On June 30 when I weigh in, I’ll tally up the total weight lost and will contact you by phone or e-mail to inform you of your donation amount. Please plan on submitting your payment on my fundraising site NO LATER than midnight on July 3, 2010.

All information will be kept confidential. I will be e-mailing everyone who pledges every 1-2 weeks to update you on my weight loss progress.

I hope you’ll join me in this challenge!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

A few more fundraising notes:

  • I will be guest bartending at AJ Bombers April 30th to raise money for Team Challenge from 5:30-9 p.m. I hope you can join me! I’ll have some drink specials and a fabulous raffle! Stay tuned for details. RSVP on Twtvite or Facebook.
  • Join me for Boot Camp with a Purpose, led by certified fitness coach Jeremy Belter on May 22! He’ll kick our butts into shape! Don’t worry if you’ve never done a boot camp before or if you’re out of shape. Boot camps are low-impact (meaning little jumping and no running). Strength training and circuits minimize pain and focus on muscle. If I can do this, trust me – anyone can! It’s just 30 minutes of your time, what do you have to lose? The cost is just $15 for an awesome, kick-butt workout and the money is all donated to Team Challenge. If you can’t make the boot camp but would still like to donate, you can do so online at http://tinyurl.com/napa2010.  Pledge to workout with us 9-10 a.m. May 22. Even if you’re in a different city, you can join us in spirit. Hope you can join me for an awesome workout!

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 (http://tinyurl.com/napa2010) and blog (http://www.losingitwithoutlosingme.com).
  • 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!

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