Saturday, September 1, 2012

It Begins...

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:
  • 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.
Testicular Cancer Facts:
  • 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.
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.

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.


skidmark said...


Give me a PayPal account where I can send you money. I am not going to put all sorts of personal data out there so I can toss a few sheckels your way.

Wonder how many other folks feel the same way?

stay safe.

Jay G said...


Let me talk to AD and see what we can come up with. I understand where you're coming from and let's see if we can figure something out.

And thank you for your support!

eiaftinfo said...

Hey you ever thought of a "Square" account. The funds are directed directly to an account, you can do it with number entry only and the sender gets an email receipt. I use it for my classes, works well.

ASM826 said...

Was this originally called "Kilted To Kick cancer In The Balls"?

Old NFO said...

ASM, we 'thought' about that... :-) Jay, you'll probably win, but I'm gonna try to at least stay in the game! :-)

And no, I won't be kilted either...LOL

Kevin said...

Where's your purs... I mean Sporran? And your skean dhu?

Jay G said...


The sporran is on its way (and I just received my emergency back-up sporran).

The sgian dubh is on the outside of my right leg, where it's supposed to be...

Ambulance Driver said...

Skidmark, the donation links are through secure server sites that go directly to the charities. We set it up that way so a) 100% of your donations go directly to the registered 501(c)3 charities, and b) so that it's a secure transaction, and c) you get an email receipt of your transaction for tax purposes.

If you'd really feel more comfortable sending Jay money via PayPal than through their secure servers, I'm sure he can find some way to forward your contribution to the appropriate charity.

Thanks for your contribution, Skid. Every little bit helps.

Glenn B said...

Donation made via Livestrong. Check for me, if you can, to see if my donation is more than what I gave last year (I think I donated last year). If it is equal to r less than last year's, let me know and I will give a bit more.

All the best,
Glenn B