Ideas, Expansions, and Progress

January is almost over. So far this month, I’m up to $510, which means I will have to eat sushi (my tummybox is doing summersaults at the mere idea), and wear muttonchops for the entirety of February. I already have a decent beard going, so I’ll just shave off the goatee area, and hello 18th century! But if I can get to $1000 by midnight on the 31st, then I’ll have to do a Polar Plunge into the Ohio River. In case you guys hadn’t noticed, this is the coldest winter in about 30 years, and I REALLY hate the cold. So let’s make this happen!

Last January, my cause was Make-A-Wish, and I raised a little over $100. As a result, I had to eat a vegan meal at a vegan restaurant. I’m pretty carnivorous. It was… Less than tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed the McDonald’s I had for dessert. So it’s pretty cool to be off to a better start this year.

In a previous post, I mentioned how I’m planning to occasionally share stories about kids who either are, or have been, seriously ill. I had an epiphany the other night about a couple ways to expand upon that, and to make it simultaneously more engrossing and emotional. I’m not going to spoil what I have planned out yet, because I think it’ll be pretty cool. However, I’ve got to figure out a way to do it in such a way that it does not come across as schlocky, gimmicky, or overly derivative.

Last year for Extra-Life, I thanked donors of $25 or more by letting them choose a game for me to play for an hour, and donors of $100 or more not only choosing a game, but setting a challenge for me to attempt. That’s not going to work this year, since I’m fundraising for this all year long instead of just one month. Since I’m anticipating more than 24 donors of $25 or more (knock wood) over that course of time, it’s just not feasible to use that as bait, since the Game Day event is only 24 hours. So I need some help coming up with ideas for Game Day incentives for my donors. Preferably free, because I’m a poor kid. So if any of you fine folks have any bright ideas, let me know. There’s still nine months to go, so no rush.

And I’ll leave you with these bits of wisdom from Mr. Rogers.


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