A few years ago, my boyfriend David’s dad passed away from a form of Parkinson’s. If you’ve never experienced the effects of this disease first-hand, it is a long and painful thing to watch someone’s health slowly deteriorate. Parkinson’s is the world’s second most common degenerative brain disease, impacting nearly 5 million people worldwide. (David shot a video of his dad a year or two after the original prognosis. You can watch it here.)
Also a few years ago, we got involved with the 501st Legion. David is a life-long Star Wars fan, and his childhood dream was to be a Stormtrooper. And now he is one:
I’ve since joined the 501st Legion myself, and one of the most amazing things about this international organization of Star Wars fans is all of the charity work they do. A couple of years ago at the Star Wars dance party, we did a fundraiser for the Michael J Fox Foundation, which raises money to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. To date, the MJFF has awarded over $400 million in grants and is the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research in the world.
So… with all of that in mind… David and I have signed up to walk in this year’s Crescent City Classic 10K, as part of Team Fox Louisiana (aka Kickin’ Parkinsons) to raise money for Parkinson’s research. David is even going all out, and wearing his Stormtrooper armor for the entire walk.
Here’s the deal, we’re each responsible for raising a minimum of $200. Either we raise it or we pay it ourselves. Either way, Team Fox wins… but we’re committed. But $200 doesn’t really seem like enough to us. So we want to go bigger and since we’re doing this as 501st Legion members, we thought we’d set a goal to raise $501 each.
To sweeten the deal for you, we’re both doing some incentives, Kickstarter-style:
- Donate $10 or more and I’ll give you a shout-out here on this post on Miss Malaprop (including a link to your website or blog).
- Donate $25 or more and I’ll feature you in a #ShoutoutSunday post on my Instagram.
- Donate $100 or more and I’ll create a one-of-a-kind doodle (you choose the color and theme). I’ll scan it and send you a digital copy, plus I’ll mail you the original. Think this, this, or this. You’ll also get a link on this post and an Instagram shout-out!
- Donate $250 or more and I’ll give you a 1-hour creative business / marketing consultation via phone, Skype or in-person (New Orleans area only). Possible topics include a critique and feedback on your website, blog or Etsy shop; brainstorming marketing ideas; technical help with WordPress, SEO or social media (blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram). You’ll also get a link on this post and an Instagram shout-out!
(Thanks to my bestie Ashley for the incentive idea. She and her husband are also walking in the CCC10K for charity, and raising money for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. You should totally check out her campaign page as well!)
I’m collecting donations until April 3, 2015, as the race day is April 4th.
I won’t be offended if you can’t support this cause with a financial contribution. I totally understand. Of course, if you can, I would love for you to contribute. Or if there is another cause that has more personal meaning to you, please contribute to that, and let me know that you did in the comments below.
Whether you can or can’t financially contribute, I’d love it if you’d help me spread the word. Please share this with your friends, and if you’re on Twitter, just click the message below to share a tweet:
A big thanks to those who have donated so far…
Have you or someone you know been affected by Parkinson’s disease?
Let me know in the comments below.