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December 29, 2017
BENEFITING: STOMP THE MONSTER INC
ORGANIZER: STOMP THE MONSTER INC
EVENT: Stomp the Monster Events
EVENT DATE: Sep 17, 2017
I have been wanting to combine my love for fitness/doing running races & triathlons with raising money for a charity for a few years now, but had not felt passionate enough about an organization to act on this desire UNTIL NOW. STOMP the Monster supports people/families struggling in an unimaginable way (going through treatment for cancer while also struggling to make basic need met). STOMP the Monster™ is a 501(c)3, not for profit organization that is 100% volunteer run (i.e. all of the money beyond modest fundraising expenses go to help these people with this struggle). They provide financial and other support to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers, including transportation, gas money, food cards, assistance paying bills, and much more. This mission touched my heart in a way that got me to commit to fundraising for them and to doing a triathlon that is twice as long as any I have ever done.
My resolve/desire to raise money for this cause as recently grown profoundly. On 4/29/17 I participated in a poverty simulation put on by the NYS Community Action Association. It was a very powerful experience for me. It allowed me to, for two hours, experience a bit of what it is like to be in the shoes of someone whose family has to carefully navigate the month financially to just meet basic needs. It really hit home when my simulation family found ourselves having paid a "less important" auto loan before our mortgage and then having to sweat for a week until the next paycheck, worried we would be evicted. At the end of the month we found out that my mother-in-law died in the simulation. We immediately had to start thinking about how to get through the next month without her $310 disability check (maybe have to spend $100 less on food but how could we makeup the difference?). I feel sooo grateful that I don't have to live day-to-day, paycheck-to-paycheck like that, sad that so many do, and motivated to do more to help make a difference for those who do. Up until that experience I had felt awkward asking people to sponsor my participation by donating to this cause. No longer. The people this charity supports are struggling to meet these types of basic financial needs WHILE ALSO struggling through cancer treatment. I ask you to look at your financial and health situations. If you are lucky enough, like I am, to have both be relatively healthy, please consider donating something. It can make the difference in keeping a family fed, clothed and sheltered. Thank you.