Sponsorship Opportunities

I am embarking on a fantastic journey and I need your help! I will complete the 13.1-mile Las Vegas Rock N Roll Half Marathon on December 4, 2011, 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://www.active.com/donate/LV11WI/kant) and blog (http://www.losingitwithoutlosingme.com). I will also send out special tweets and Facebook posts about your business (minimum of 10 mentions).
  • SILVER $500-999 sponsorship: I will post your logo and a link to your business on both my fund raising site and blog. Plus a minimum of 8 social media mentions.
  • BRONZE $250-499 sponsorship: I will post a link to your business on both my fund raising site and blog.  Plus a minimum of 6 social media mentions.
  • BLUE RIBBON $150-249 sponsorship: I will post a link to your business on my fund raising site and logo on my blog sponsorship page.  Plus a minimum of 4 social media mentions.
  • RED RIBBON $100-149 sponsorship: I will thank your business on my fund raising site and post a link to your business on my blog sponsorship page.  Plus a minimum of 3 social media mentions.
  • WHITE RIBBON $50-99 sponsorship: I will post a link to your business on my blog sponsorship page.  Plus a minimum of 2 social media mentions.

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.

My family has been affected by both of these diseases. My late grandma, Irene, suffered from colitis for decades. My godmother, Janice, has battled colitis for as long as I can remember. My uncle, Will, has suffered for years from both Crohn’s and Colitis. I walk with the hope that some day, the diseases that have affected my family will be eradicated. I walk for them. I walk for a cure.

It is estimated that as many as 1.4 million Americans have IBD; however, many more suffer in silence due to potential embarrassment and alienation. Crohn’s disease may occur in people of all ages, but it is primarily a disease of adolescents and young adults, affecting mainly those between 15 and 35. However, Crohn’s disease can also occur in people who are 70 or older and in young children as well. In fact, 10 percent of those affected — or an estimated 100,000 — are youngsters under the age of 18. On average, people are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in their mid-30s, although the disease can occur at any age.

Together, we can make a difference! As a member of Team Challenge, I have a coach, a training program, and teammates to support me. I have committed to a training schedule with additional trainings with my team on the weekends, and I’ve promised to raise at least $2,520 in donations to The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

More than 80 cents per dollar raised by CCFA goes directly to research and patient support, and your contribution is tax deductible. If your company matches charitable contributions, please include matching forms with your donation. 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 Alliance.

Remember – any contribution you make is tax deductible.  Checks should be made out to The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Contact me for my address.

I hope that my participation in this wonderful cause will bring some hope and support to those living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Thank you very much for your consideration, and contribution to this amazing cause! Everyone can make a difference and change lives! GO TEAM CHALLENGE!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I can be reached at 414-212-5268 or me-at-losingitwithoutlosingme.com.

Thank you for your consideration!

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