It’s almost time for the FARE food allergy walk in Pittsburgh again this year. Each year, I ask for your help before the walk in raising money for food allergy research & awareness/education. This year the walk will be on Sunday October 2nd at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
I know money is tight. I know there are a million causes worth donating to. I know there are walks for everything these days. So, I understand what I’m asking when I ask you to consider a donation to FARE in support of our walk.
My shellfish allergy is pretty severe, but I have learned to navigate life successfully with it. It would be nice for people to not have to worry about these things some day. Molly has recently outgrown an allergy to eggs, greatly in part to incredible pediatricians, local allergists involved in the FARE walk, and their advice as it is informed by the latest research and techniques. There is still a chance that either of my kids could develop allergies later. My shellfish allergy didn’t really manifest until I was in 3rd or 4th grade.
My plea isn’t the standard. I know not everyone has $50 or even $25 to give to a cause that may not even affect their lives directly. I’m asking for $10 to go to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). I’d rather get a bunch of small donations from a whole lot of people.
This is how my friends/followers/whatever break down on social media, and what the total would amount to if everyone managed to donate $10:
- Facebook: 1132 / $11,320.00
- Twitter: 1061 / $10,610.00
- Instagram: 370 / $3,700.00
- Google+: 154 / $1,540.oo
- WordPress: 93 / $930.00
- Tumblr: 56 / $560.00
All of those except Tumblr are well over our team goal of $600. All of them total would be $28,570.00. I know there’s some obvious overlap, so that’s not a real number if everyone only donated $10, but it’s also not ridiculous.
Donations are tax deductible, you can opt for a receipt when you donate online, and you can read about what your donation will be used for.
If you’re reading this and don’t have $10 to spare, or your donation money is going to a cause closer to your heart, that’s cool too. Just reading raises awareness and that is also extremely important. You can find all kinds of food-allergy related rants and information here on my blog. Sharing on your social media platform of choice would be really cool too.
Thank you for your time and your consideration.