Well, as the expression goes, all good things must come to an end. Today is the last day of September, the last day in the Kilted to Kick Cancer fundraising challenge. Since today is the end, I thought it fitting that the picture today would be a little different:
See? End of the contest, my "end"... I'm symbolically putting the kilt away for another year, until next September rolls around and we have the 2013 Kilted to Kick Cancer challenge.
I really don't know how I can possibly thank everyone this year. I had six awesome prizes that I was able to offer as an enticement to get you to donate through me thanks to the extraordinary kindness of friends. From Michael W.'s gorgeous bowie knife to Nancy R.'s Jayne hat; Dennis's custom sporran and Wally's lower; to Larry's inclusion in MHN and Mark's custom grips; I stand amazed at the generosity of my friends. I truly am blessed.
And everyone that helped me out along the way: Mrs. G., my patient and indulging camerawoman; TheBoy, for donning the stunt kilt and taking pictures with his crazy old man; SCI-FI for filling in as camera monkey again this year; my friends in Troop 87 and Pack 113 that were so supporting of my efforts; I couldn't have done this without everyone's help.
And this year, I really got out and went WAY outside of my comfort zone. I went to our "Hometown Days" celebration in a kilt - surrounded by my Scout parents, folks I know from town, etc. - I gave the "Why am I wearing a kilt? I'm glad you asked..." spiel dozens if not hundreds of times. And that's a good portion of what it's about - getting out there, talking to folks, getting them to realize that prostate cancer is something to be aware of and to get tested for regularly.
And, lastly. To everyone that donated, thank you so very much. I am positively humbled by your generosity. I'm speechless - and that doesn't happen very often. Last year I raised ~ $2,500. This year I more than doubled that - I'm very close to $6,000 right now, and there's still one day left. If anyone would like to make a last minute donation, that can be accomplished here:
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Thank you all for making the 2012 Kilted to Kick Cancer Fundraiser such an amazing success!
That is all.