A few weeks ago, we launched our annual CougCenter philanthropy, which raises funds for Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington through its Walk For Wishes, which is on September 14. In that time the CougCenter family has raised nearly $2,500!
While that's awesome, it's quite a bit off last year's pace, in which we ended up raising more than $11,000. The good news, though, is that we still have a few weeks left to try and surpass last year's total.
Make-A-Wish holds a special place in CougCenter's heart, as my family received a wish a year ago because of my son's cancer diagnosis. The hope and joy that it brought Trystian was immeasurable and important to the process of beating leukemia -- a process that still isn't over. But we were so inspired by our experience that we wanted to make sure that all eligible children have the opportunity to experience a wish, so we decided to jump in with fundraising, even as Trystian continues to fight.
You can read the whole story here. (Or you can just watch the highlights of our trip to the right.)
Here's my challenge to you: Help us double our total to $5,000 by the end of this week. That would be enough to fully fund one wish! You can help in any of these ways:
- Donate! No amount is too small! It's also worth remembering that many companies offer matching gifts for donations to charities. If your company does this, you'll double your impact.
- Join our Team! Not everyone has extra money to give. If that's you, register as a member of our team and then solicit your own donations. The farther out we reach, the more likely we are to reach our goal!
- Share our story! If you're short on cash and don't have the time to solicit donations, that's OK! Hopefully you can spare 60 seconds to share our story on your own social networks, as it might resonate with someone you know. Feel free to either share this story or the original.
We all have something we can do to help. Remember, the power of a wish is real -- I both experienced it in the moment and continue to experience it today thanks to its positive effects on Trystian and our family.
Let's help make that happen for somebody else -- like Carl, who wanted to be a WWII fighter pilot, as shown in the video at the top. Or Violet, whom my family had a chance to meet this summer at Camp Agape NW. Let's make more Wishes like this come true: