Support Me in the Crescent City Classic 10K

Let’s Kick Parkinsons! Support Me in the Crescent City Classic 10K on March 26, 2016

David White and Mallory Whitfield at the CCC10K in April 2015

Last year, my boyfriend David and I ran the Crescent City Classic 10K in support of Team Fox Louisiana, aka the Michael J Fox Foundation, which raises money to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. (He ran the whole thing in his Stormtrooper armor!)

A few years ago, David’s dad passed away from 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.)

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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:

Mallory and David with the 501st Legion at the Tucks Parade in 2015

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 we do. The Legion has over 8,000 active members in over 50 countries around the world.

Last year, as a whole, the 501st Legion raised over $14 million for various charities.

A couple of years ago at the Star Wars dance party, our local garrison 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 again in this year’s Crescent City Classic 10K, as part of Team Fox Louisiana (aka Kickin’ Parkinsons) to raise money for Parkinson’s research.

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’ve both set a goal to raise $501 each.

Help me reach my fundraising goal!

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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 answer your question in a new #AskMissMalaprop video, similar to this oneYou’ll also get a shout-out with a link on this post!
  • Donate $75 or more and I’ll record a new Glamdromeda Strange lip sync video (like this), and YOU get to pick the song! You’ll also get a shout-out with a link on this post!
  • 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 shout-out with a link on this post!

(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 SPCA. You should totally check out her campaign page as well!)

I’m collecting donations until race day, Saturday, March 26, 2016.

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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 instead. My goal is to spread the love!

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 below to retweet:

A big thanks to those who have donated in 2015…

And to the 2016 donors….

  • Rickilane Banks
  • Ryan Barfoot
  • Jessica Howard
  • Ashley Robison
  • Cindy Risher

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