I support the Childrens Hunger Fund. Forbes.com reports Children's Hunger Fund as holding near perfect efficiency ratings in their list of American charities. More than 99% of revenue goes to programs serving children in need. So, I get the most bang for my buck here instead of losing it to administrative costs. Money goes to helping Katrina victims and to Indonesia tsunami victims as well. I have compassion for children who have no one to protect them and very little prospects for helping themselves. Who will stand up for them? I will.
I mainly support the American Diabetes Association. I do the Tour de Cure every year with my team The Blue Suit Pacers. There are a number of people in my family that are suffering or have surcome to this disease. I am a firm believer that a rising tide raises all ships. By helping all those living with this disease I can look foward to the day when I will lose no more family members to it.
The American Diabetes Association. This is my first with them, we found out that my husband is a type 2 and I had gestational diabetes. Plus I have family members with this disease. Anything to help raise awareness and help eliminate it. My son and I doing the Tour de Cure.
This July I'm going to do the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in San Francisco. I have an aunt who had a breast tumor removed many years ago (I just found out about it recently, I don't remember anything about it) but other than that I don't have a family history of the disease. I guess it just seems relevant to me since I'm female (although men get brest cancer too) so it makes sense to participate in something like this.
I've also considered doing the Tour de Cure in Palo Alto, since I know so many diabetics. This is a little off-subject, but I see that two of you are going to do or have done the Tour de Cure. I have a road/trail hybrid bike. Would I be able to use that, or would I need to get a road bike? I probably won't participate until next year so I have time to save up for one, but honestly I really don't want to spend the money and I barely have room for the bike I have.
Hey Eco13 the nice thing about these rides is every type of bike shows up. I have a road bike and my son has wal-mart Mountain bike. So You can use your bike. Our ride is tommorrow. We are both excited.
JUst get out and ride on your bike. Also go to www.diabetes.org click on find the ride near you (I think) They will give you the information you need and when you register they will send you e-mail updates and clinics as well. Also while you are on their site You can look up Vicki Stephenson or team Riding for fun na dcheck out our web page.
Good luck an let me know if you sign up. I am also thinking about doing the 5k for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. May 5th . I am in Las Vegas.
Which charity are you choosing to support and why?
I am attempting to raise money for the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs in Frederick County (MD). I have chosen this organization because it helps people in my community and I thought it tied in nicely to the fact that I am running the Frederick Marathon. I have done volunteer work for them in the past at a cold weather shelter and food bank and have seen the difference they can make in the lives of people in need in Frederick.
Vicki, thank you for this information. I am embarrassed to say how long it's been since I've ridden my bike, but since the weather is getting better (and since running is becoming painful in my heal and shins), I may have to get it out very soon and start riding.
Eco, we completed the Tour and it was a great experience. The people all around were friendly and supportive. Start riding and make sure you have the proper equipment. (Bike shorts) if you don't already have them. Just ride your own pace. Keep up the good work.
I like to raise money for a wonderful charity, the SOWF.
The foundation provides scholarships and counseling to the offspring of Special Operations personnel who pay the ultimate price in action or during training.
Recently I raised just over $700 while running the ING Georgia Half Marathon. It was pretty cool, got a little local press coverage on TV.
A few of my friends are in the special ops line of work and supporting the charity makes me feel like I'm helping them out. Also, from their perspective they want nothing more than to know that their kids will be taken care of despite what ever else happens.
The foundation helps to take care of that so that these guys can focus on the most important thing, their job -- so they can make it back safely.
Childrens Tumor Foundation: NF Marathon/Endurance Team.
I have NF (Neurofibromatosis) Type 1 which is what lead to my loss of limb. I am a below the knee amputee marathoner/half marathoner and everything in between. I want to get out there and raise funds to find the cure for a disease that I have, a disease that has left so many debilitated. I am darn lucky to even be able to walk let alone run and technolgy has given me the greatest gift. So, I run for those who can't becaue there was a time that I was unable to walk or run and this is the only way I know how to give back what was given to me so many year ago.
This year we are supporting the Run To Vote 2008!!!
www.runtovote.com (Read their story, BIOs, etc for yourselves) Click on "How Can I Help" They need all of us not only Runners but the United States to Sponsor/Donate.
I strongly believe in these Teenagers and these Teachers. They are impressive, remarkable, and so excited...imagine these Teachers are bringing such a learning experience to these Teens...the United States. How many Teens can say they have run the United States??? They are Cross Country Runners as well as Track Team plus learning a lesson in History, Politics, and the Right to Vote...they want to make a difference for all of us Americans!!!