Thursday, July 26, 2012

Team Natester

I hated fundraising in school. Putting people on the spot by asking them for monetary support in exchange for horribly expensive wrapping paper or boxes of chocolates or other insignificant items seemed absurd and annoying, and I simply reached the point where I just wouldn't even do it. But every once in a while, I was tempted and pulled in with some pretty cool prizes...a glow in the dark frisbie, a water bottle, and even 30 seconds in a money box where you could try to catch as many $1 bills that blew around. Those incentives would sometimes entice me enough to knock on neighbor's doors and corner church members with fundraising equipment in hand.
Fast forward 20 or so years, and those early introductions into fundraising are continuing at a different level. The "prize" for our efforts this time around are unlike anything I could have ever imagined. They are for the betterment of my son's life and the lives of many of his friends who grace the halls of Shands Children's Hospital at the University of Florida. Fundraising for CMN has a direct impact on Nathan's life in countless ways.

As a new ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network, Nathan has been asked to be a captain for their annual radiothon. With technology constantly changing the world, CMN has decided to change up how they do the radiothon this year, creating a 6 week online campaign to help drum up support via social media. On September 18th, we will do the actual radiothon for a few hours, but the heart of the donations will be through online giving.
What we currently need are people who are willing to join Team Natester and help us drum up support through social media (emails, facebook, blogs, etc) over the next few weeks...just a mention here and there about Children's Miracle Network and/or Nate while adding the link to our team page. We are hopeful that between quite a few of us, we can gather support from others in the form of donations to help make a difference. Every last little bit earned in this fundraiser will go directly to Shands Children's Hospital at the University of Florida.

So please consider joining Team Natester and helping us by periodically petitioning your friends and family to help donate to the Children's Miracle Network.

Important Links:
Team Natester
To join Team Natester, just click on the blue words "Join our Team".
You will then have your own page that you can send the link to your friends and family in trying to gain monetary support. The actual start date of the fundraiser is August 1st and ends September 18th, but all of the teams are technically starting now that we have had our first official meeting.

This shows all of the groups and teams. We are in the Red Group. Each group consists of a CMN ambassador (Nate's role), an on-air radio host, a pediatric department (we are fortunate to have the Peds ER Dept), 2 pediatric doctors (we have 2 ER docs that we love dearly), and a corporate partner (American Integrity Insurance Group is our support company).

 And thank you dearly.


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