Dear Family, Friends and Blog Readers,
I've been thinking a lot about how I would approach my fundraising this year. Should I come up with something funny, catchy or just beg? To be honest I don't know the best way to ask for money. It really is never easy and in some ways I think harder to ask for donations for something that will benefit me. In the past I have done plenty of volunteering and fundraising but always for the benefit of others. So this is a switch for me. But I do it - even though it is hard. I do it because I have MS. I have a chronic illness. I deal with MS every.day.of.my.life. Some days it is really tough. I don't want to have MS for the rest of my life but right now that is what I have to look forward to. To me that is really sad, really unfortunate and hopefully something that may change in my future? The money you donate to me for the Boston MS Walk goes toward research to figure out the cause of MS. Once the researchers know what causes MS they can find a cure which make me and so many others UNBELIEVABLY HAPPY!
I know many of you have donated to me before. For that I thank you - from the bottom of my heart. I really do appreciate you giving your hard earned money to a cause so very important to me. Maybe you are tired of me asking you, tired of seeing my posts on Facebook and tired of my emails. But you know what? I'm tired of having MS. I'm tired of giving myself shots. I'm tired of endless doctor's appointments. I'm tired of fatigue. I'm tired of leg pain. I'm tired of how MS has made it impossible for me to be as active as I once was. So that my friends is why I continue to ask YOU to donate.
I ask you to donate (maybe for the 2nd of 3rd time) because I had MS last year and I will have MS next year and the year after that and the year after that and well you get the picture. So every year I will continue to ask because until there is a cure for MS I will work hard to do anything I can do to help.
Sometimes I wonder "why me?" Why was I one of the people God chose to give MS? I don't know the exact answer to this question but I believe there is a reason. I like to think that one reason is because I "can handle it." You know the old sang, "God only gives you what you can handle." Well I can handle it but I don't want to. I want a cure so that I don't have to handle it! Since I do have MS I will speak up for all people with MS - those who are not as healthy as me and may not be able to do their own fundraising. I will raise money to help me AND THEM.
I could go on and on. For now I will end with this. I know you work hard for your money. I know you have to make choices about how you spend your money and which organizations/people you support each year. I know if you choose to give to me I will continue to try to make you proud. I will work hard for everyone who has MS (both professionally and personally) and hopefully we will reach a year when I don't have to ask for money because the world will be free of MS. Hey a girl can dream right!? :)
Give whatever you can - $100 or $5. . . every donation makes a difference!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I appreciate it.
Click here to go to my personal fundraising page. Or if you would like to share my link with others it is http://www.main.nationalmssociety.org/goto.jodi