Maryann Ford via Crowdrise
March 08, 2015
BENEFITING: LAWRENCE COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES
EVENT DATE: Jun 19, 2015
Maggie Rose is my Godchild. She died on the day that she was born, June 28, 2005, from the effects of Trisomy 13, the chromosomal disorder with which she was diagnosed in utero. Her mother, Alessandra Niceta Rose, is my dear friend, as well as my college and business school classmate. She and her husband, Clayton Rose, also my good friend and business school classmate, and their children established the Maggie Rose Perinatal Bereavement Program to provide much-needed support to other families who suffer from still birth, infant death, and adverse pre and post-natal diagnosis during pregnancy at any time. In group and individual settings, the grief professionals from the Bereavement Center of Westchester who run Maggie's program are supporting families through heartbreaking loss, making way for healing and hope.
This coming June, Maggie would have been 10. To mark this meaningful milestone, the Roses are hosting a big fundraiser to support the very important work being done in Maggie's name.<!--StartFragment-->
I was originally supposed to run a half marathon on March 15th to raise money for Maggie's fund. I learned a few weeks before the race that I had a stress fracture and I couldn't even run for the bus for about 3 months. I was devastated when I first learned that I couldn't run for Maggie. I have only myself and my beloved/not-so-beloved Nutella to blame for this. Seriously. If I weren’t carrying an extra 30 pounds on my frame right now, this wouldn't have happened. (Thank you lifelong habit of emotional eating. Really appreciate it. No, really. I do.)
But now I have what I think is a better idea. I am instead committing myself to volunteering 50 hours of my time at not-for-profits in the New York City area. I am essentially selling personalized volunteer hours for $100 a pop.
If you donate any amount in an increment of $100, you can name the specific non-profit for which you would like me to volunteer my hour(s) or you can name the general type of cause for which you would like me to volunteer my time. I will try my best to volunteer at the specific charity of your choice but if a few of you would like for me to work for, say, different Alzheimer’s organizations, for example, I think it would be more efficient if I chose one organization under the Alzheimer’s umbrella and worked all of my Alzheimer’s hours there, if that's ok with you.
I feel weird asking people for money. But now I’m asking. In a big way. A friend recently told me not to feel bad about asking unless I’m pressuring people. And I definitely do not want to pressure anyone. No pressure here at all. Nada. Zero. Zip. I know that money is tight for many of us these days and many of us already have other causes that compel our time, attention and money. This friend told me that I am simply letting people know about this opportunity to donate to this cause. So that’s how I’m thinking about this. As simply giving you an opportunity to donate if you choose.
No matter how much money I raise in $100 increments, I am committed to volunteering 50 hours of my time (though, happily, as of 3/8, about 30 of these hours have already been "sold"). So if there are leftover volunteer hours to be claimed at the end of this campaign, I will let you all know about it and will happily take volunteer suggestions from all of my generous donors.
Please note - and this is mucho importante - that I have gratefully accepted and will continue to gratefully accept ANY donation amount that you are willing and able to contribute. Loads of people have donated $10 or $20 and those donations have really added up, It all helps. It really does. And the generosity and love and support behind each of those donations is recognized and so appreciated. Participation of any kind in this campaign is so meaningful to me and to Maggie's family.
Final things – Crowdrise allows donors to give anonymously - so no one has to know how much you have given if that is something that you care about.
And if you donate $50 yourself but your company matches that amount, then you have absolutely bought an hour of my volunteer time to designate as you wish as well.
AND, don't forget you can deduct any donation from your taxes at this time next year so...cha-ching! Total bonus!
Thanks so much for considering giving to this cause that means so much to me and to my good friends.
If Maggie could do what she did - living a mighty and meaningful life in four hours - I can certainly volunteer 50 hours of my time to honor her memory and to continue her legacy of helping other families in need.
Please help me raise $10,000 (or more!) for Maggie's fund. I know that it's an ambitious goal but every single dollar donated will help me to help others in need in Maggie’s name. <!--EndFragment-->
Peace, love, and (not too much) Nutella,
-Maryann aka Fordo aka MF