The 2012 Kilted to Kick Cancer Fundraiser starts today.
If you look on my sidebar, you'll see this picture:
This, or another picture like it, will be at the top of the right sidebar for the entire month of September. I, along with a whole passel of gun- and EMS- bloggers, will be kilted for the month of September to raise awareness for prostate cancer and to raise funds for cancer research. There's a friendly little competition going, too, where a whole bunch of generous folks and businesses have donated some really sweet prizes for the top three fundraisers.
From the link above, some facts on what we're raising money to help fight:
Prostate Cancer Facts:Last year, we raised nearly $12,000 in a month. Our goal this year is more than four times that: $50,000. I think we can do it. I think we can do even better than that, actually. And I'm committed to doing whatever it takes to get us there. I plan on having a new kilted picture up every single day of this month. Like last year, I'll be taking requests - for the right donation, of course.
Testicular Cancer Facts:
- About 240,890 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2012.
- About 33,720 men will die of prostate cancer in 2012.
- About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
- More than 2 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.
- Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer.
- About 1 man in 36 will die of prostate cancer.
- It most often affects men between ages 20 and 39.
- It affects 8,000 men a year, and kills 390 of them.
- It is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15-34.
- 95% of cases can be cured if detected early.
I also want to win the fundraising competition.
Now, Ambulance Driver has gone above and beyond this year. Since he's the organizer, head cheerleader, and chief cook and bottle washer on the KTKC front, he has recused himself from the prize competition, fearing that some might perceive it as a conflict of interest.
That, my friends, is true class.
With a stunning array of amazing prizes, he has chosen to take himself out of the running entirely rather than give even the slighest hint of impropriety. I know Kelly. I know there's not a snowball's chance in hell that he would EVER do anything untoward, unethical, or questionable to come in first. But rather than take that risk, he's not in the running.
That's okay - because I'm still gunning for top slot.
I'm still smarting from my second place finish last year, and I'm out for revenge. I came within a hair's breadth of taking first place last year, and this year I intend to redeem myself. Ambulance Driver, my friend, you are going down in 2012. I started off slow last year, only getting an actual kilt about halfway through the contest. This year I'm starting out with kilted pictures, and will be getting plenty more.
Oh, and I have a few tricks up my sleeve. You see, I know you folks are generous to a fault and will give to a good cause; $12K in a month on short notice and a handful of gun- and EMS- bloggers pushing last year shows us that. I know you folks will give quite handsomely to a good cause. I have a few incentives, though, so that you donate through me. Through the incredible generosity of friends I have a wide variety of items that will be raffled off for everyone that donates through my efforts this year. I'll unveil the items on Tuesday. Let me just say that they totally rock, and I am forever in the debt of the kind and generous (not to mention talented) folks that donated them on my behalf.
I'll have more information on the items that will be raffled off on Tuesday, as well as details of the raffle itself. In the meantime, it's never too early to start donating (and accruing points towards some sweet stuff, even if you don't know what it is yet; but trust me, they're pretty flippin' sweet). You can donate through my blog by clicking the following links:
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Each link goes to my personal donation page for each charity, and both are connected to the Kilted to Kick Cancer fundraiser. You wonderful people donated over $2,500 through me last year, and I cannot thank you all enough for your support. You gave so generously that I had a very strong second place finish, despite only half-assed involvement for the first half of the fundraiser. I solemnly promise, this year, to use my whole ass. Wait, with the kilt, that's not the best analogy I could have used...
Anyways, thanks for donating, and let's hit that goal and then some!
That is all.