Here’s my Storify of the event.
I wanted to report back on both my BikeMS ride and my fundraising efforts – and the report is an unqualified success.
BikeMS NYC 2013 was a fantastic event. Though the day started with mist, and progressed into drizzle, that did not keep my friend and always positive-thinking riding companion Cindy Cornell and me from doing a great ride.
Thanks to last year’s generous donors, I qualified for my own star on the fundraising walk of fame, and that got us into the top fundraiser lounge inside Pier 94 (54th street at the West Side Highway) for a nice protein bar and some coffee, while others were “warming up” outside.
Then, because of the fundraising status, we “jumped the line” and started at the very start. See the orange tape?
And that’s the official starter’s horn. It was loud.
We kept a great pace – roughly 15+ miles per hour all the way from the Intrepid on 44th and the West Side highway to the park by the Columbia Baker athletics complex at 218th near 10th Ave. (And there were some significant headwinds once we had gone under the Battery and started
up the FDR drive.) After a quick break and some fruit and drinks, we crossed the top of Manhattan and got back on the Henry Hudson/West Side Highway.
Here we are by the GWB.
After that quick photo opportunity, it was a sprint home to Pier 94 and the line for massages from the Swedish institute students.
Let’s not forget that BikeMSNYC was not just about a fun ride. This year, thanks to your generous donations, I’ve far exceeded last year’s total and broke this year’s goal of $2013. When all is said and done “Team Jamie” will have raised over $2700, and possibly as much as $3000 towards research and advocacy for a cure for MS. As of yesterday, the event had raised over $2.4 Million dollars!
If you know someone who should have donated, but hasn’t had the chance to do so yet, you can send them to:
http://greenste.in/BikeMS13 and it will go right to my fundraising page.
Thank you again for your generous support.
In the past, I’ve helped my friends to Blame Drew’s Cancer out of existence, and even to Stand Up to Cancer. For the second summer in a row, I’ll be taking on cancer sitting down. That’s right, on my bum – for 50 miles.
Once again, I’m joining my friends supporting Team Norwalk Hospital – Wittingham Cancer Center and the Bike CT Challenge to empower all the cancer survivors in my life – And yours.
Proceeds from my ride will fund unique programs and research to help cancer survivors through exercise, nutrition and psychosocial support. Cancer survivors need follow-up care for life and I am helping them. The research being done will benefit everyone who’s had to go through chemo and radiation, and find new ways to help survivors get healthy again.
I know lots of people in my family and my life who are battling cancer or who are survivors. You do too. Let’s honor them.
Oh, an if riding 50 miles on July 27th in Fairfield, CT, sounds like a lot of fun to you, click the link above and click “Join my team.” We have cool shirts too.
**For you folks who prefer to know what you’re clicking on – that translates to the secure donation page on Kintera.org for my ride: http://2013ctchallenge.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1045493&supid=360121312#sthash.M6YOLfkk.dpuf
For the last few months, I’ve been working with a social giving website called One4All, first helping start their online presences, and now acting as an advisor. One4All Members can donate to any US-based 501(c)3 organization and the non-profit receives the full amount (unlike other sites that may take 5-7% from the charity). It’s free to join, you can donate to your favorite non-profits, support friends’ causes, and create your own fundraisers. Your account saves your donation history forever.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffet and friends can make Billionaire Giving Pledges. We’re not them. But we can make a difference, as a community, to any nonprofit we set our mind to support.
Why am I writing this? One4All selected a handful of friends to test out the power of social giving. I get $5 loaded into my One4All Fund for each friend I invite who creates an account…up to $1,000! I will take the sum of these $5 kickers and donate it to Autism Speaks, the National MS Society and The Connecticut Challenge for Cancer Research.
These are 3 charities I care a great deal about. I bike for MS every year to honor my sister Jamie. My friend Cindy introduced me to the CT Challenge last year, and they do fantastic work raising money for cancer research. And my friends at Autism Speaks are about to “Light it Up Blue” on April 2nd – and with 1 in 88 children on the autism spectrum, they could use the help.
What do you have to do? Set up a free account here: Create a One4All Account
While we have until late April to get the $5 kickers from One4All, let’s make this happen in 10 days. Move over Bill and Melinda. I want action, results, and commitment from 200 people by April 8th. 20 people a day, $5 a person, let’s get a movement going.
If you want to be extra cool, Donate to my fundraiser “Howard’s Philanthropy SmackDown” and choose to support Autism Speaks, National MS Society or The Connecticut Challenge for Cancer Research. I will pool the $5 kickers with your gifts into a combined donation to these 3 organizations.
- Think about how awesome it feels to get an unexpected gift.
- Think about how much time and money it takes a non-profit to fund-raise.
- Now think about giving a non-profit an unexpected gift they didn’t have to spend time and money to get. Powerful stuff.
Here’s What You Do:
- Create a free One4All account.
- Follow me on One4All.
- I get $5 in my charity fund by your action of simply joining.
- Donate to my fundraiser (if you feel inspired to do so) – One4All takes a very small percentage for paypal’s processing fee. The rest goes to your charity. The process is transparent.
- I will donate the grand total of all $5 kickers to these organizations.
- Now we all have personal One4All giving accounts and can give together, inspire each other, act like billionaires without being billionaires…
Make sure you use one of the links in this post so my account and fundraiser get the credit.
Hat tip to Betsie from @one4All for some of the copy in this post.