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Fundraiser for OMF on Sunday, Oct. 6th - 5K Run/Walk in St. Paul, Oregon

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  1. ahimsa

    ahimsa Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    What: 5K Run/Walk to benefit OMF (Open Medicine Foundation)
    When: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019
    Where: St. Paul Elementary School in St. Paul, Oregon, USA
    For more details, or to make a donation, go to https://openmedicinefoundation.crowdchange.co/9150
     
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    ahimsa Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Full disclosure: Isabela contacted me via email after seeing a post about my MillionsMissing event for ME Action back in May. She has asked me to attend this event to help hand out ME/CFS information.

    But even without that connection I'm happy to spread the word about any fundraiser that will raise money for biomedical ME/CFS research! :)
     
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    ahimsa Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    A short update: So far there have been 34 pre-registrations. At $20 per person that's $680 raised so far.

    And the weather is looking good for Sunday! I hope that will increase the number of folks who come which means more registrations and donations (some may make a donation without doing the walk/run).
     
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    ahimsa Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    A very quick update.

    The fundraiser was a big success. The total raised for OMF was $4,500! :jawdrop::D

    And although I've had to rest/recover afterwards I didn't have a huge crash so that was a relief.
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    @ahimsa that is amazing! Thank you:)
     
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    ahimsa Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    @andypants - I really appreciate the thanks! But I didn't do a single thing to raise that money. Any money raised was completely due to all the hard work of Isabela who did this for her high school senior project.

    The only thing I did was say a few words at the start of the event along with a couple of other speakers. Then I sat at the information table. That's it! But I was happy to be there. :)

    The event set-up was great. I didn't take any photos but there was a covered area next to the school with tables and chairs (they were selling tamales to raise more money). The area was festooned with blue and silver balloons and informational posters. She and some friends/classmates had set up a course for the 5K run/walk near the school.

    At the table where people paid registration fees or made donations they handed out blue bracelets from OMF printed with the OMF website and "End ME/CFS." I'll take a photo of mine and add it to this post later. There was also a fact sheet from OMF.

    PS. I thought I'd add that the town of St. Paul, Oregon, has a population of around 425 people. Quite a small town -- I've never lived anywhere that small.
     
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    I promised to post photos of the bracelet - here they are for anyone who is interested (click to enlarge photos).

    OMF bracelet - 1.jpg OMF bracelet - 2.jpg

    I'm not sure whether these are given out free to anyone who does a fundraiser for OMF or whether they cost some nominal fee. I didn't get a chance to ask.

    A fact sheet from OMF was also handed out that day. I looked for the PDF of this on the OMF website but I could not find it. Here are photos (front & back):

    OMF Fact Sheet - front.jpg OMF Fact Sheet - back.jpg
     
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