Just over a year ago Greg and I sat in our kitchen in Mexico City, laptop perched on the kitchen counter, deciding what we should set as our fundraising goal for our Team Inspired by Isabella’s first JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. We had just returned home from the hospital after Isabella’s diagnosis and were ready to hit the ground running with doing something, anything, to help our daughter and raise awareness and funds for a cure.
Greg began completing our team registration and set our goal at $1,500. I cringed and told him I thought maybe $1,000 or even $800 was a more realistic target. We were, after all, just 3 weeks out from the walk date and we couldn’t expect people to just donate to a cause about which they knew nothing.
But I was wrong.
In just three weeks we raised nearly $6,500.
Sitting at our kitchen table this spring deja vu set in as I once again second-guessed what we had decided we would set as our fundraising goal for this year: $7,000. We had time on our side this year and worked hard to share Isabella’s story with everyone we knew. Our move back to the U.S. also afforded us the opportunity to reach out to our Ohio friends to organize a large team of walkers.
Three weeks ago we had raised just 53% of our fundraising goal and our hope of having walkers en masse looked bleak. We had heard from others who had been doing these walks for many years say that “every team runs its course”. We half-wondered if this had already happened to ours…Isabella’s diagnosis was no longer fresh in people’s minds and the novelty of supporting our cause had probably worn off.
But we were wrong.
Fast forward to today at 9am as we began our 2nd Walk to Cure Diabetes:
- We didn’t raise $7,000…we raised nearly $9,000.
- Of the 376 registered teams we were the 12th HIGHEST fundraiser.
- We didn’t have a large team of walkers…we had the 3rd LARGEST team at the walk. Fifty-five AWESOME people, to be exact.
- We didn’t receive donations from some of the same people as last year…we received donations from nearly ALL of them and many others. In fact, a total of 97 donations were received to support our team.
- We entered the inaugural JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes #iwalkfor video contest…and we won! Anyone attending the Cleveland CAVS game December 7th will get to see our video played on the Jumbotron AND see our family center-court during the game! (Click here to check out our winning video!)
So, if anyone asks us if the novelty of our cause has worn off, our answer would be this: type 1 diabetes is the definition of novel and no two days, let alone two hours, are the same. So no, the novelty of our cause has not worn off and won’t until a cure is found. And as for our team “running its course”…not even close.
Cheers to Changing the World~