NEWSLETTERS FROM 2001
November 2001 Newsletter:
November was the culmination of everything we have been doing since last March. It almost seemed such a let down,as through the year we relentlessly pursued funds and support, and the bone marrow drive itself went off quietly.
It was over all a successful year. We raised the amount of money we had set as a goal for typing people and found someone to match those funds. We typed 72 people paid for and our goal was 100. But there were problems with funds that we couldn't help. We raised far more public awareness then I would have expected. This we far out did what I would have believed possible. We helped out with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraising. We spread the word about Team in Training and Light The Night. We participated in Light the Night and raised over $1400. We participated in The Societies annual Dress Down Day and tried to involve other organizations. We raised $300. We provided information to three different people on organiztions that would be able to help them financially. Overall, we raised almost $6000 and had matching funds for $3000.
On a sad note, the co-founder has decided not to participate this next year. He would like his name left off the website, so I won't mention it. Those of you who followed us know who he is. Without him there was no way we could have accomplished half of what we did. It will be hard to move forward without him. But 10,000 more people will die, before the year is up, of a blood related cancer. So continue forward we must.
Things we will be looking at this month: Making a connection with The Red Cross in the New River Valley, to make setting up drives easier. To make a connection with Hendrick's Motor Sports Marrow program to make it easier to deal with funds. Try to set up a drive before graduation, so that people who weren't able to get typed due to lack of funds may do so.
I would like to give special thanks to people who really came through for our drive. Hendick's motor sports, Christiansburg Rotary and Kim Hamney, Ray Nebel Professor in Poultry Science, and APO. I would like to thank everyone who got typed. And I would like to thank everyone who helped make it a success by donating time or money.