Wednesday, August 08, 2007

we now interrupt our regularly scheduled rambling.

what are blogs good for, if not to spread the word about your upcoming superhuman feat (or something like it), and why your loyal readers should support your superhuman-ness? so, below is an email that i sent out to friends and family last night - i wanted to post it here in the hopes that some of your might be moved to help me out. thanks in advance for taking the time to read and consider. (and if you're one of the aforementioned friends and family seeing this for the second time, well, sorry for the redundancy!)

i rarely send mass emails. in fact, i can't remember the last time i sent out a single email to more than half a dozen people! so you know that i wouldn't be monopolizing a few minutes of your day without good reason. (well, that's not true - i wantonly monopolize many of your minutes with abandon - but you'll have to trust me on this one.)

in just under two months, i'll be running a timed 5K at DC's annual AIDS Walk. this will surprise some of you. hell, it still kinda surprises me. but over the last six months or so, i've started running more regularly (read: more than once in a blue moon), and presently i'm going out and pounding the pavement about two or three times a week. i'm still not very good at it - i don't run regularly enough to really see strong improvement in my distance or my time - but hey, it's something. and i've found i kinda enjoy it. who knew??

so, even though the last (and only) 5K that i ran was back in 2001, i've decided to do another one. the AIDS Walk 5K is in just under two months - October 6, 2007 - and i'm hoping to train often and decently enough so i can complete it without passing out at the finish line. and you can help ensure a faint-free finish! how? well, as a registered participant in the run, i'm also a fundraiser - i've set a fairly ambitious goal (for me, at least) of raising $500 in support of my 5K against AIDS. your support will certainly help motivate me to run the best 3.1 miles that i can come race day.

there are two reasons that it's really important to me to try to raise a lot of money for this event, and i'd like to tell you about them really quickly.

first, the beneficiary of the AIDS Walk is not some mega non-profit advocacy and awareness group, where your money will just end up helping finance the Executive Director's travel budget. the money from this run goes directly to the Whitman-Walker clinic ( www.wwc. org ), a local institution here in the district that runs a ton of fabulous programs and provides great service to the community. i should know - my primary care doctor is actually based there! it's an amazing place - the type of truly community-based enterprise that you rarely ever see these days - and they deserve every penny they can get.

second, AIDS is not an abstraction to me. i've lost someone to AIDS, and even though he died over a decade ago, i still wake up at night sometimes with a pain that makes my breath catch. and while i understand that AIDS is a shockingly complex disease, and that a "cure" is not something we're going to come by easily (if ever), i am a person with a hole in her life because of it. and so i want to help people living with AIDS, dealing with AIDS, or even just grieving over AIDS, to get the services and support that they need.

i think i have officially taken up enough of your time. at the bottom of this email, there should be a link to my personal AIDS Walk webpage, where you can make a secure donation towards my fundraising goal if you'd like. If you're not inclined towards online contributions, please just send me an email to let me know, and i'll be in touch with information on how to send me a check via regular mail. you can keep tabs on my progress via that webpage - who knows, maybe i'll even start posting time and distance training updates!

thanks for listening, everyone.


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