Okay, so Caleb has overtaken me in the fundraising challenge in less than a week of soliciting donations, Jay G. is nipping at my heels, and Divermedic looks to perhaps overtake us both by contest's end.
The good news is, by meeting his $1000 fundraising goal, Caleb is going to compete in the 2012 Bianchi Cup while kilted, and he's going to auction off whatever prize package he wins, and donate the proceeds to LiveStrong on behalf of Kilted to Kick Cancer. Moreover, he's going to kick in $2 for every X he shoots in the match, which translates to another $200 or so towards testicular cancer research. Altogether, the EMS and gun bloggers who have participated in this challenge have raised well over $4,000, and we hope to hit the $5k mark by October 3rd, the end of the challenge.
So at this point, unless AD's Army gets a sudden attack of pride and kicks in more donations to win back the lead from Gun Nuts Nation, I'm gunning for Second Place (or actually, as sweet as these prizes are, 1a). But I definitely don't wanna suffer the humiliation of wearing a MArooned or Divemedic tee shirt in public if I lose to either of those guys. So I'm pulling out all the stops. I'm going to use the secret weapon that helped me beat Lt. Michael Morse for the Black Diamond EMS Blog of the Year:
I wore a kilt to my uncle's memorial service in Oklahoma City last weekend, people.
In front of my family.
That's how dedicated I am to the cause, and KatyBeth explained to most of my relatives that I was wearing a kilt for prostate cancer awareness Well, that and the fact that I know that somewhere my uncle was giggling his ass off watching me deliver his eulogy while wearing a kilt.
So without further ado, I give you the gratuitous Cute Kid Pictures. Donate generously, people, or you'll disappoint my lovely daughter.
"I let my Daddy embarrass me in front of my classmates so he can raise money for cancer research. Won't you give generously?"
And if that isn't enough to convince you to give, I'll throw in this extra incentive: For every donation of $40 or more between now and the end of the contest, I'll throw in a free, signed copy of my book. Simply hit the donation links under my profile picture in the left sidebar of my blog, and then leave me a comment here with your name, donation amount and confirmation number. I'll send you an email to get your shipping address, and I'll send the books out after contest's end.
Just donate,folks. And men, get yourself checked.