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August 22, 2008

JDRF Fundraiser Request

Kathy from Cakeeater Chronicles (a fellow Iowa State University alum who thinks I'm a brilliant blogger .... well, she IS taking a lot of pain meds right now) is asking for donors to contribute to her nephew James' entry in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes for the greater Omaha area. The walk was held earlier this month, but they're still accepting donations for this cause.

As some of you morons might remember, I was diagnosed with mild, manageable Type 2 diabetes after my big blood sugar scare in March. I threw a few bucks into their pot last year when Kathy featured this fundraiser, but now I'm thinking that I should ask you, my favorite cluster of morons on the interwebthingy, to chip in a few ducats as well. It's a good cause, and James has had Type 1 diabetes from birth, so he's not a fat, Little Debbie-scarfing tubbo like me who brought it all on himself.

Go over and give what you can afford, and maybe even make a non-profane comment referencing Paul Anka in the comments to your gift. If we get a bunch of comments referencing Paul Anka & his "integrity kick" on their team page, it'll leave them wondering "Who ARE these people, and did they steal anything while they were here?"

No donation is too small. Hey, if you cut next week's supply of Val-U-Rite discount Vodka with aftershave, you'll have an extra $5 to kick in to a great cause. You should probably think twice before skimping on your anti-psychotic meds to save some money, but you can surely find another place in your budget to make some adjustments.

Ace, thanks for letting me pass the hat here. You're a mensch. A mensch drenched in the blood of a thousand hobos, but a mensch nontheless.

Even though I'm asking you for money for a great cause, I promise you that I will NEVER post a video of a drunken Russ from Winterset singing a karaoke version of "You'll Never Walk Alone". There's just some things you don't do to your friends, even if they are "just" fakey internet friends.

UPDATE: I was unaware of the JDRF's position on Embryonic Stem Cell research. While I consider that branch of research to be morally troubling & a practical dead end compared to non-embryonic stem cell work being done currently, I still think that the JDRF does good work. If you have a moral problem with giving them any money, I understand. If that's the case, could I ask you to find a comparable organization that doesn't support ESCR and make a donation to them instead?

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posted by Russ from Winterset at 11:27 AM

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