Eighteen days down, only twelve more kilted days to go. If you've got a specific picture in mind, put up a dollar amount and I'll see what I can do. No job is too big, no fee is too big... Today's picture was inspired by my sister-in-law, who gave a very generous donation after seeing the picture of TheBoy and I playing basketball. Well, we can do that again, only it had to be something a little different. He's been a crazy good sport about this, humoring his crazy ol' dad and putting on the stunt kilt for photo ops whenever I've asked (and yes, he's available from donation-related pictures, too.)
Do you have any idea how hard it is to get an action shot in a kilt without running afoul of the decency rules on Google?
When we closed out Kilted to Kick Cancer last year, it turned out that we had raised over $12,000 in a month's time, with minimal prep and lukewarm participation in the beginning. The addition of Caleb to the mix infused the competitive spirit, and things got booted into high gear. We set a lofty goal of $50,000 this year, spread among several dozen EMS and gun bloggers, and right now, nearly 2/3 of the way through, it doesn't look like we're going to be able to reach this goal.
I've seen several of my competitors make some seriously awesome leaps in their fundraising - Stingray and Michael (who stole my idea!) especially - and that's great. Another great aspect, at least for me, is that I'm going out and getting more kilt time in the real world - raising awareness and all that. While the fundraising part is great, it's not the whole contest; we're also dedicated to making men aware of the different male-specific cancers out there and getting them to commit to getting checked.
Look, guys, I know it's no fun. It's icky. It's uncomfortable. You feel really awkward when the doc tells you to assume the position. There's a thousand reasons not to do it - there's no family history, I feel fine, yadda yadda yadda. You know what's a lot more awkward than a prostate exam? Throwing up from side effects of chemotherapy. I've watched people I love die of cancer, and it's a fate I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. If we can get people to get checked out and prevent that, hell, I'll wear a kilt the whole damn year.
Now, having said all that, I want to direct your attention to the outstanding array of prizes that I have up for grabs should you decide to donate to me through either:
Prostate Cancer Foundation
There's a gorgeous handmade damascus steel bowie knife courtesy of Michael W. An authentic Jayne Cobb hat ("A man walks down the street in a hat like that, folks know he's not afraid of anything") courtesy of #1 blogdaughter Nancy R. Dragon Leatherworks has provided a one-of-a-kind Monster Hunter-branded leather sporran signed by Larry Correia. York Arms is giving away an AR-15 lower with custom serial number, SAFE/FIRE selector, caliber marking, and magwell engraving courtesy of Zercool. All four Monster Hunter books signed by Larry Correia himself - and the opportunity to be immortalized in the next Monster Hunter novel. And custom hand carved 1911 grips courtesy of Rimfire Designs.
Folks, these are awesome prizes, and you get a chance to win them with every $10 donation.
That is all.