Thursday, June 9, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

The 2011 walk is officially at an end

I thought it was about time I updated everyone on our 2011 Arthritis Walk fundraising total and how we got there.

Our official total was $3,304 (YAY!)!!!  That was raised due to a mixture of donations (mainly), recycling and some items we sold.  The recycling actually raised more than I thought it would, but definitely did not come close to the support we received via donations.  Here is how everything broke down:
1.      Donations-$2,497.91
2.      Recycling (3 months)-$393.09
3.      Team T-Shirts-$130 (we sold 13)
4.      Tutus-$105 (we sold 8)
5.      Water Bottles-$44 (we sold11)
6.      Pampered Chef Online Show-$25
7.      Car Decals-$10 (we sold 2)
8.      KGAT Wristbands-$9 (we sold 2)

During the time leading up to the walk I would see these other teams raising more and more money and I would get a little bummed out that our total wasn’t anywhere near that high, but when all is said and done, I know we worked really hard to get to our total and it is something to be proud of.  Not that other teams didn’t work just as hard (as I know some teams did), but without being on any other team I don’t know how they got to their totals.

The recycling and tutus definitely took a LOT of my own personal time, but it was so worth it.  It may not have raised thousands, but by involving the local businesses with the recycling I definitely made more people aware that arthritis is an issue for kids.  And it made them work to (by making sure to save all of their recyclables), which made them more aware.

I have even MORE fundraising ideas for the 2012 walk and am hoping to network with more teams (I definitely got some good ideas from a few other teams)…by working together we will hopefully make people aware of how serious this disease is and hopefully one day all the funds raised will have paid for the research that does find a cure.

Until then I will just keep being my daughter’s biggest advocate and supporter…

Thank you again to everyone who supported us, big or small, every little bit makes a huge difference as well as meant more to me than you’ll ever know.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

We’re going to Washington, D.C. Baby!

It’s official; we received a scholarship to attend the 2011 JA Conference in Washington, D.C.!  I received the “official” notice yesterday morning and couldn’t be more excited!

We received a full scholarship which will cover airfare, hotel (for 3 nights), conference registration, money towards meals and ground transportation for all four of us!

I am so appreciative of the support our local Arthritis Foundation office has given us and am honored they picked our family to go!

We are planning to arrive a few days before the conference so we can turn this into a mini family vacation (how often do you get someone else to pay your airfare for a family of 4??).  I went to D.C. when I was a junior in high school on our annual band trip, but Rich has never been, so he is really excited.  We won’t get to do as much as we could if we didn’t have the kids with us or they were older (how much sightseeing can a 4 and 2 year old really handle), but we will squeeze in as much as we can!

The conference provides a Child & Teen program which is organized by age group and is medically supervised.  This program allows the parents to drop the kids off (both your child with JRA as well as any siblings) and attend the Parent Breakout Sessions.  I will also get a chance to meet some of the other parents I have been networking with via our blogs and Facebook.

I know I haven’t been posting much lately, but I definitely have some updating to do, so hopefully this weekend I will get a chance to sit down and update everyone with what’s been happening!