I've just signed up as a Foundation Beyond Belief Virtual Team member in this year's Light the Night Walk, and I need your help! First, a little info from the
"The FBB international team is going to be a rallying point around which local freethought, atheist, and secular humanist groups will make teams to participate in Light the Night Walks. Our goal is to unite the Freethought Movement around the world to raise one million U.S. Dollars in 2012 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
The Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's evening walk and fundraising event to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Thousands of participants raise funds for vital, lifesaving research and patient services and, on these special nights, they carry illuminated balloons in a show of support from a caring community."
That bit about "they carry illuminated balloons" is why I'm participating virtually. Dying from anaphilaxis thanks to latex balloons probably isn't very effective way to raise money for the LLS. I digress...
"We have chosen Christopher Hitchens as our Honored Hero for 2012. Hitch died from complications due to esophogeal cancer this past year and devoted so much to our movement during his life; now we can give something back in his memory. Although he did not have a blood cancer, drugs developed for blood cancers are often used to treat other cancers as well. As a result, the research that is funded by LLS could very well help treat esophogeal and other cancers. We are being joined in our efforts by our Allies: American Atheists, American Humanist Association, Atheist Alliance of America, Camp Quest, Center For Inquiry, Centre for Inquiry, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy & Alumni, Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, Secular Student Alliance, and United Coalition of Reason."
As an added kick in the pants, the Stiefel family has pledged to match the first $500,000 raised for LLS and will grant the opportunity for the top fundraising teams to direct up to $5,000 in grants with up to half going to local qualifying freethought nonprofits and the rest to qualifying the FBB Allies of their choice, courtesy of the
Here's where you come through for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Foundation Beyond Belief, AND for me:
"All walkers are encouraged to become Champions For Cures by raising $100 or more to help fight blood cancer."
Please consider donating a few dollars through the widget below, bringing both me and the Foundation Beyond Belief closer to our goals. As with so many of the people who are walking, I'm taking this fight personally - the CEO of the company I've worked with for the last several years lost his battle with Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on January 22nd of this year. I miss him every damn day... this is the least I can do.