Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fundraising: You're asking for a future

If you know me, you know I am a passionate person.

When I find something I am sure about and passionate about, I don't let up easily on that thing and I exhaust every effort to achieve/understand that. It is a strength, and it is a fault. It's a daily battle to walk the line between being passionate and being a jerk trying to make other people see something the way I do. Did I mention I am also stubborn? Anyway.

The JDRF does amazing things with the money they raise. The other national diabetes charity is so top heavy that it is embarrassing, so I try and stick with being true to my beliefs and support the JDRF as much as I can.

Last year my friend, Lara, asked me to join her adults with T1 team for the JDRF. I told her absolutely and last year I raised $1666.

This year I was asked to sit on the walk committee as the Promotions Chair, and be the captain of the Adults with T1 team (Aka Team Adult Onesies)

I am incredibly proud to be the captain of one of the top fundraising teams. Not only that, the people who put in an effort to fundraising did a phenomenal job, and all of our hard work truly paid off.

I was asked a few times how I raised the money.

The only thing I can think of is: passion. I eat, sleep, and breathe every moment of every day with diabetes. Every choice I make is somehow affected by my diabetes. Why can't I ask for help with it? Why can't I share my life with my friends and family, and ask for help in return.

The biggest excuse I hear for people not wanting to fundraise is that they hate asking people for money. But you aren't asking just for money, when you fundraise for an organization like JDRF, you're asking for a future. You're asking for a long life that closely resembles that of someone without diabetes. You're asking to be able to take vacations, and have a family. You're asking to some day see your own retirement, and to feel comfortable in your future.

You're asking for your life. Friends, family and co-workers understand that. Not everyone can afford a donation, but for every ear that hears your story your load is lightened that day just a bit.

On Thursday I will be attending the JDRF Canada AGM and will be blogging about the research updates and more.