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Katie Simms' Fundraiser:

(3000) Miles For Mothers

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Katie Simms via Crowdrise
October 18, 2010

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BENEFITING: Americans for UNFPA, Inc.

EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2010

Katie Simms

THE STORY:

For nearly a year, my life has been consumed by two passions: my job and my blog. The former, as a midwife, and the latter, as an undying fan of The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Nine months ago, on the eve of my 29th birthday and after many failed attempts at securing audience tickets through Ellen's website, I decided to embark on an alternate journey, titled 365 Days of Dear Ellen. Every day since then I have written to Ellen via my Wordpress blog with the goal of being granted tickets to see her show on my 30th birthday, this coming October 8th.

It has occurred to me that this endeavor is an entirely selfish one; it only seems right, should I actually accomplish this writing feat and spend my 30th birthday with Ellen, that I give something back. This is where my passion for my career as a midwife comes in.

I've devoted my life to caring for women, infants, and their families, and it just so happens that my birthday falls during National Midwifery Week, the first week in October. Across the globe, a huge injustice exists: every day, women and their newborns die or suffer life-altering complications from childbirth that are almost always preventable. In an instant, the most joyful time in a woman's life becomes an unthinkable and unnecessary tragedy. The resources that allow for safe childbirth are not costly nor insurmountable. A little goes a long way.

I have decided to raise money for a wonderful cause, the United Nations Population Fund. Through this organization, $50 can provide prenatal care for 10 women; $55 pays for treatment to help prevent the transmission of HIV from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth; $60 pays for one cesarean section in an emergent situation. This is only a sliver of the work that the UNPF strives to do.

I'm driving across the country, with or without Ellen tickets in hand; I'll take my chances :) The drive from New Haven, CT to Ellen's studio in Burbank, CA is 2,859 miles. A donation of $1 sponsors one mile of this trip. Twenty dollars would get me from New Haven west to Bridgeport, CT...and so on. My goal is to raise $3000 for the UNPF: one dollar for each mile to Ellen's doorstep. Though, most importantly, with the hope to promote National Midwifery Week, advocate for midwives in the U.S., and raise awareness of the contemptible childbearing conditions in impoverished countries around the world.

Please support me, but mostly, please support Mothers. Thanks!

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$3,010

MONEY RAISED
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  • Katie Simms

    $50

  • Rosie

    $50

  • Kirstie Bennett

    $10

  • dayle

    $25

  • Laura Schneider

    $15

  • Gayl Cherry

    $50

  • Nancy Hacker

    $25

  • Nani

    $50

  • Sara Baldauf-Wagner

    $25

  • Clauds and Bruce

    $50

  • Cookie Sloat

    $50

  • Eliza

    $75

  • Adrianne Wonnacott

    $59

  • Risa

    $25

  • Anne

    $100

  • Kristen Becker, CNM

    $25

  • shauna lacanlale

    $20

  • Deborah Garber, CNM

    $54

  • Sara Church, CNM

    $25

  • Merritt

    $50

  • Margaret Egeland, CNM

    $20

  • Elizabeth Jensen

    $40

  • Paula Cate

    $100

  • Momma R

    $107

  • Julia Dickinson CNM

    $25

  • Bob Levin

    $50

  • Dad and Prep

    $100

  • Trish Rosa

    $100

  • dayle

    $25

  • Meredith

    $50

  • Katie Freking

    $25

  • Andrzej Stanek

    $25

  • Laura Sundstrom

    $50

  • Andrea Coker

    $10

  • The Momet's

    $100

  • Sophia Martineau

    $20

  • Joya Zarka

    $30

  • Mike

    $40

  • Aunt Mary

    $50

  • Patty

    $50

  • Jess Holm

    $50

  • Heather Reynolds CNM

    $100

  • Christina Polesky

    $60

  • Meredith Goff

    $50

  • Katy & Jeff

    $20

  • Peaches Quinn and Lori Albert

    $51

  • Molly Stark

    $100

  • Meghan O'Connor

    $50

  • Sean Senti

    $50

  • Barbara Lawrence

    $30

  • Lois Conklin

    $50

  • Greg Nielsen

    $50

  • Susie Stark

    $100

  • Erin Sloat

    $100

  • Mark Stackpole

    $100

  • Shari Zee

    $99

  • Kristin P

    $20

  • BC 96067

    $80

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100% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $3,010 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Katie Simms

Amount Raised

$2,965

 

99% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

dayle slutsky

Amount Raised

$25

Fundraiser Title

shauna lacanlale

Amount Raised

$20

Fundraiser Title

Maggie Soladay

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

BC 96067

BC 96067

DONATION: $80

Thanks for sharing your blog and journey. It was great to see that you did make it on Ellen and I even watched it just to see you. You looked so happy .... it was great. This litle bit should help you reach your final mark. Hopefully the rest of your birthday is as magical and just the beginning for whatever the future has in store for you. Miss you very much. Take care always and good luck with all your pursuits. 6 years ago

Kristin P

Kristin P

DONATION: $20

6 years ago

Shari Zee

Shari Zee

DONATION: $99

6 years ago

Mark Stackpole

Mark Stackpole

DONATION: $100

In thanks for people like you, Ms. Simms, who dedicate their lives to delivering our most precious gifts, and in honor of mothers and children everywhere. 6 years ago

Erin Sloat

Erin Sloat

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Susie Stark

Susie Stark

DONATION: $100

Happy Birthday Katie! Have a wonderful journey with Molly to L.A.! 6 years ago

Greg Nielsen

Greg Nielsen

DONATION: $50

Katie! I hope this is not too late, and love to support this very worth endeavor of yours! What an amazing cause. Have a wonderful journey!!! 6 years ago

Lois Conklin

Lois Conklin

DONATION: $50

Happly trails! Best of luck on your journey. Drive safe! 6 years ago

Barbara Lawrence

Barbara Lawrence

DONATION: $30

6 years ago

Sean Senti

Sean Senti

DONATION: $50

6 years ago