Tuesday, October 07, 2008

seriously, people...

When I started the Mischief Fights Cancer raffle, I didn't tell my friend. The reason? I thought I would make about $60 from it, and I didn't want to embarrass her by playing it up. I figured I could stick the cash in a greeting card and mail it to her.

Boy, have you guys spoiled my plans.

The total, as of this moment, 12:51 am October 7th? I can't retype it. Look here.

This is through no advertising or plugging on my part. I mentioned it here, and put a sidebar on my blog. But that was it. I never posted any ads, or linked on any other sites. However, so, so many of you did. All the traffic was traffic you drove here.

There's another thing, which isn't represented in the money. So many people have come forward to offer goods, services, and stories about their own experiences fighting this horrible disease.

For the rest of my life, if I ever feel bleak about the state of human affairs, I'll have this to think back on.

Thank you.

22 comments:

cindy said...

i saw the new total and my heart leaped. YAY! this is so wonderful, thank you, moonie! i'm rooting, we are all rooting, for your friend. xo

Lisa said...

This has really restored my faith in people. I am so happy this worked out so well. Please tell your friend she has a lot of people pulling for her. :)

ehadams23 said...

That total is amazing! My dog is suffering from lymphoma too. They told me she had a month to live at most, but she is a fighter, and is now past 4 months and still going strong. I know it isn't the same as a human friend but it has taught me that there is always hope!

Kim Kasch said...

OMG: I feel so excited about this. What a way to join together and form a cyber team to fight this disease and help your friend.

Your friend is in my thoughts and prayers.

Julie Weathers said...

Moonie, I am so thrilled for you and your friend. I get aggravated at people at times, but basically, they are amazing.

A person never really knows what lives they touch with a bit of kindness and caring.

pacatrue said...

This is terrific!

The money is getting big enough now that you might have to, unfortunately, think about legal and tax stuff a bit. I believe the no tax gift limit is $10,000. So you should be good there unless this continues to explode. I don't know if there's any way this is considered revenue on your part for tax reasons, but I hope not. Do others know?

If you have any concerns and don't already know this stuff yourself, maybe you can ask some other fundraisers what they've had to deal with. I know EE once donated his editorial services for a fund-raiser of some kind. I'm sure some reader here knows which one. Perhaps the organizers of that can tell you if there's anything you need to worry about.

Conduit said...

Well done, Moonrat. This is really something to be proud of.

moonrat said...

don't worry, Paca. one of my good friends runs a charity and helped me come up with an action plan.

sandralambert said...

Wonderful totals? Now, I just tried to buy a query letter critique and when I clicked "buy now" the paypal description of the item was "partial ms. critique."

EQ said...

This is just awesome. Please add me to the list of people who are thinking of your friend and sending good vibes her way.

I know how scary it is to be fighting cancer while uninsured. My brother was in the same situation. It isn't just the medical bills that pile up---it is all the other unexpected expenses. What you are doing is a wonderful thing. :)


PS I'm glad you are holding your very scientific drawing at 8 pm because I just bought my tickets :)

Natalie said...

Wow, so amazing. I'm so glad that your friend has so much extra help. Those bills are just killer. I hope she is hanging in there.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yep, sometimes people do the right thing and rise to the occassion.

Precie said...

Yippee! {little snoopy dance}

See? We really would go to the ends of the earth for you!

And I'm sure your editorial services are, in themselves, a tremendous draw. Let's not understate your professional appeal.

Lots of thoughts and prayers going out to your friend!

Kelsey said...

Who needs insurance when you've got moonie as a friend?

Seriously, I'm glad that this has been so successful. I wish I could be there when you hand the check to your friend.

Ello said...

Sweet! Congratulations, Moonie! I am so proud of you! My prayers to your friend.

Jennifer L. Griffith said...

Moonie, I just got tears in my eyes reading this post. It's always good to see the goodness of people first hand. It's humbling.

This past year I had the opportunity of blessing during a dire time of my own. Right now in life, I work "odd jobs" to support myself. After an injury and adverse reaction to injections into my knee that kept me down for months, I couldn't do my jobs. My friends and church family pitched in and performed my jobs for me so I could still have an income. They also did my yard work, house work, drove me places, etc. Those acts of humble kindness touched me deeply and gave me a new found appreciation for the heart of people.

I think people just need to know there's a need and they act. Thanks for letting us know this need. You are a special gal whose friend will be blessed from your heart.

Sarah Laurenson said...

If you watch too much news, you think there's nothing but bad in this world. People rise to the occassion once they know there is one. Congrats on a great job, Moonie! You brought together a lot of love and good thoughts as well as money for your friend.

Sheila said...

You thought you'd only raise $60? How cute.

I think good deeds are contagious, and you infected us all.

ChrisEldin said...

Congratulations, Moonie--it's a tribute to the heart, it really is.

When my sister went through this, her church did a lot to help support her and her family. They held a dinner (where the parishioners brought foods, etc and people bought tickets), a dance, a yard sale, and perhaps one or two other events. They raised $30,000. She was fortunately insured, but this money went to the children (six--a long story). But what I'm saying is that your friend's religious affiliation will be able to help her also, emotionally as well as financially. If she hasn't done this, I would encourage her or even contact one or two people....

This is a really, really nice thing you're doing. Know in your heart that it does make a difference. A big one.

Colorado Writer said...

You are so sweet, Moonie.

slhastings said...

I just did some last minute digging and posted three last chance posts on absolutewrite.com. I hadn't been there in months! My hope is that you reach your goal...

Every little bit counts!

This is just such an awesome thing you are doing...

pacatrue said...

Awesome, moonie! Go you, go friend! Go world!