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by • July 12, 2014 • News Corner, Uncategorized, Walker Story, WalktheWalk, WalktheWalk InsiderComments (0)1453

Walker Story: Diane Inspires Us With Fundraising Efforts

We want to hear from you! Please write us to share your story on our blog at info@walkthewalkamerica. Diane inspires us with how she became involved in The MoonWalk New York City and her incredible fundraising efforts.

 I decided to Bra Up and walk the 2014 MoonWalk NYC after having walked the inaugural Full Moon in 2013.  I was not expecting 2013 to be the experience it was. I felt unprepared and nervous but it was rather magical walking along the East River in the still of the night and I met some amazing women and made new friends!

If I could walk with anyone it would be my sister Cathleen. Although, her gut-busting sense of humor might make it hard to walk without doubling over. She lives in Florida and I miss her dearly. Her charitable heart would have all MoonWalkers energized and I’d love for us to share in a moment of giving together. She does so much for so many that it would be great to be do-gooders together.

My training secrets are to stay active and have a friend group to keep motivated and challenged. Setting walking dates -for example- even if it’s to walk to the coffee shop grab a coffee and keep walking! Once you realize you don’t have to sit down to visit and conversations are better in motion plenty of friends will get the bug and join in on the fitness enthusiasm!  That’s the ticket! Last year’s MoonWalk got me off my tush and eventually even running the 2013 NY Marathon. Zero to Hero!

“I was a Full Mooner last year for my virgin MoonWalk and it changed my life-literally!  I raised funds for both my Mother and Sister In-laws who are survivors. I not only raised $1700+ dollars throughout the night walking I was inspired to then register and raise money by running the NY Marathon!  The MoonWalk made me feel like I could help make a difference for those I love and those who are loved by others. It is incredibly rewarding and I am thrilled to be starting a team in my hometown with a recent double mastectomy walker and another daughter of a survivor – ready to walk toward defeating cancer!”

Fundraising is an interesting conundrum for many. It can be uncomfortable to ask for money and even more so to follow-up and ask again. I believe by sharing your enthusiasm and letting friends and family know what and why you’re doing something before asking for initial donations is greatly helpful. Also, I rely on Facebook as a last means – studies show a personal note is most effective followed by email. People tend to not click through on Facebook. Grab some cards, write a personal note and include a donation/sponsor form … You can even make a QR code for your personal MoonWalkNYC website for those tech savvy note receivers!

I am most looking forward to walking with my team Port Pride. We have a recent survivor, a daughter of a survivor and those who love them dearly. It’s a wonderful chance for us to come together as a community and friends- old and new. I can’t wait for the girls to see the tent and fellow walkers and all the festivities. Share in the magic with them for their first MoonWalk!

Okay! I’ll spill the beans. As a team since we live in a shore town, and want to go with a Broadway motif as well, we are going to creatively spoof “Anything Goes”… I’ll rely on my creative teammates for direction but can’t wait for our bra decorating party!  I loved decorating my bra last year in the East Village. Great fun!

 

 

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