Friday, January 21, 2011

An Urgent Plea


I'm not one to ask for money or help, but this week I came across a story so heart-rending, so compelling, that it literally stopped me in my tracks and made me think for a moment (no small feat). We bloggers are a supportive tribe, motivating and caring and generous (well, maybe not Chris K, but that is a whole other post). Sometimes people are public with their suffering, some choose to go it alone. Well, this week I read a blogger's story that just begs to be shared. Now this is a blogger who has shunned the spotlight, going about her business with little fanfare or need for attention (unlike Jill or EMZ). I know she would be embarr"assed" that I am putting this out there, but I can't do this myself.

$25,000 (plus tax). If we can raise that much (plus shipping and handling I imagine), we can help someone walk, no, we can help someone run again! This person, with never a complaint, has been ailing, isolated in a secluded Denver suburb of only many thousands, with no other endurance enthusiasts to turn to, only old women in a cold pool.

This runner has been reduced from this:


To this:


This brave soul aspires to greatness. Not content to simply run for 8 minutes at a time, she is planning on taking her vagina dance to the big leagues. That's right, Downers Grove Boston. With your help (and $25,000 plus tax and shipping and installation), she could own one of these:


That's right, all that stands between her and ability to attract attention run is an Alter-G treadmill. So open your hearts (but more importantly your wallets). With every $2.50 donated, this retiring yet oddly sharing soul might send you a sticker:


Have a great weekend all!

31 comments:

  1. It is a heart breaking story :( Thank you for bring awareness to this very important cause.

    While you are reaching into your pockets, please throw another $2.50 my way for a new Trek Madone 5.2 WSD...my whole tri season depends on it!

    Thank you

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  2. SO I need to write you an email as reminder??

    or I could just leave on my own and e-mail you a letter about how I though you were a "serious" multisport guy and Im sick of all this filler (ala EMZ)!! :)

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  3. You are too kind Kovas.....just tell me where to send the cheque!!!!

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  4. Kovas, really you shouldn't have. I will take the $35 CSN bucks I got from you and that should make a dent. I'm thinking shipping won't be too much b/c it only weighs 750 lbs or 2 Chris Ks.

    Thank you for believing in my cause. There is no cause more worthy than this one. If you are thinking of donating to a children's hospital, to orphans in Haiti or to malaria relief efforts in Africa think again.

    They don't call you the Mighty Kovas for nothin'. Thanks for rallying.

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  5. Man, I almost offered her two gift cards for time on the thing. But I threw them out instead.

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  6. you are asking me to give up beer for someone who has more followers than me?

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  7. Love this! I'm ordering the AlterG with overnight shipping and sending it directly to Beth! I just need to go work the street corner for a bit first....

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  8. For half a moment I thought you were being serious. Then I made it to about the third paragraph and knew better. Oh how gullible I am....

    PS - I'm with Patrick. Let's steal it!

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  9. Who's this SUAR? I think she needs a little advice on how to seek attention.

    I would like to point out, though, that never once did I beg for $ for an MRI on my heel for the past 10 months. Ahem.

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  10. Oh, I too am way too gullible and new to you Kovas...I was ready to shed a tear or two and write a generous check for a good cause...I should know better by now.

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  11. I'm still jealous Beth is getting free Athleta clothes but WTH I'll put my $2.50 in the mail.

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  12. I want to see Beth run again! Good one K. You should start a Paypal account or a Fundraiser account for her. :)

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  13. Id rather buy her a horse and see how she does against that. There is my 2 cents. You can't say I didn't contribute. "I CARE" !

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  14. Okay you suck. I was prepared for some heart wrenching story about a runner with leukemia and then I see Beth's face!

    That Alter-G is just crazy expensive. We had one at the physical therapy clinic I worked at in Chicago and we charged $40 for 30 minutes to use it. Of course I used it for free. So maybe Beth should go work at a place that has an alter-g. Okay, that would save us broke asses loads of money.

    You heard me, Beth! ;) Now shut up and pool run!

    :)

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  15. freaking awesome.

    who said
    I need
    attention?

    Emz - attention seeking?
    you must be mentioning another emz.

    snipers.

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  16. LOL... only $2.50? I was suggesting that each of her 1155 followers donate $22 and we'd have it ;-) But I guess you'd have a better chance squeezing $2.50 out of people.

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  17. Suar? ugh. stopped following her. anyone who works that hard at being "over the top" sure as hell doesn't need my support. e'nuf said.

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  18. Now aren't you benevolent? I stand firm in my offer to pool the $25k and form a runner's commune so we can at least all share.

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  19. Wow, I was gonna post a real tearjerker story about how we made up and rekindled our Bromance, but you have once again trumped me Kovas.

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  20. Um, there are others of us injured out there too! Can't we do a 2fer with this?

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  21. I'm a sucker! Should've know there was some sarcasm laced in there!! :) ha!!

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  22. Hahahaha! I can't stop laughing! When I scrolled down i did not expect to see SUAR! LOL!

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  23. Yeah! What about Miss Zippy! She is down and out too. You really should stop playing favorites you horrid man.

    I expect the same fundraising efforts if I hurt myself again.

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  24. this made me laugh! if I am in need of something pricy I will know who to ask for raising the $$!!!!

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  25. Reaching for my wallet as I dry the tears.

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  26. I like the new Kovas rising in the latest posts. : ))

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