I'm back on my blog to update everyone on my fundraising efforts for the Smile Train Team Empower !!
Last Saturday while I was out putting in the last longest run before I present my money at Ironman Arizona in Tempe, I had some time to brain storm an idea to give it one last push to reach my minimum goal of 20 surgeries. ($5,000). I wanted to make it big and I wanted to do something that would push myself in some sort of exercise limit to go the distance for the kids that wait for years before they receive the repairs to their cleft lip and palate issues.
It was a little late for me to be planning such a big event with only 6 days notice for Simon's Cycles, my parents, and asking for donations from grocery stores, etc. BUT! I cannot express in words how amazing our community was in pulling it all together and I thank you all from the bottom of my big Ironman Triathlon heart!!!
The grilling was done by my dad, John, and the 'cook supervisor' was overseeing the grilling by my oldest son Jordan who helped make the food serving a success! Thank you so much mom, dad, and Jordan! There would be no way my event would have been as successful without your amazing support of my triathlon endeavours!
Finally, I want to thank Simon, Patti, Craig, and the crew from Simon's Cycles that have been so amazing to me by supporting my triathlon career and now my fundraising career! A lot of the money that was raised for the Smile Train Team would not have been possible without the endless support of Simon and the staff selling my jewelry in the shop and allowing me to take over the store for my Spinathon yesterday!
I started the day at $3, 995 raised and ended the day with a whopping $6,047!!!!!
Thank you to everyone that donated! You are so amazing! My Ironman Arizona race will be in honour of all my supporters and I will be racing with the biggest smile on my face EVER!!!