When I first heard about the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF), I thought it would be a great organization to work with. I was always reminded of the girl in my third grade class and the hardships she had from her battle with Leukemia. Kids are so innocent, that when I see sick kids or kids in need, it really gets to me, so I’ve always gravitated towards children’s charities. Anything that can help a kid be a kid again is alright in my book, and the CLF does wonders for these kids.
I’m not in the best of shape (yet), so the walks and runs and such aren’t up to my speed, so the annual Fall fundraiser the CLF hosts is perfect. They work with the Emagine Movie Theatre in Novi to put on a 24-Hour Movie Marathon.
That’s right. To help raise money for the CLF, I’m going to watch 24 hours of cinema. I’m not doing it alone either. Joining me on my journey is my wife, my daughter’s Godfather, and his wife. This will be the second time I’ve done this charity event since I heard about it in 2010 (I had to skip 2011 unfortunately). Because I had to skip 2011, my donation goal is pretty aggressive. I want to raise $500 for this charity. I’m currently almost half-way there, but with less than four weeks to go, I’m starting to get nervous that I won’t reach my goal. With all the folks who visit my blog on a regular basis, and all the folks who subscribe to it, I’m hoping you can help me with my goal. Share my blog on Facebook; tweet my link on Twitter; +1 it on Google+; take a retro picture and tag it on instagram; share it on your Linkedin newsfeed. Or, if you have some extra cash, you can always donate too.
Even though watching movies for 24 hours sounds like a walk in the park, let me tell you from experience that it’s a test of endurance and a constant battle to convince your mind to stay awake for one full day. Sure, watching movies is a pretty fun way to pass the day (I am a freelance movie critic after all), but the highlight of the day was getting a tote bag with a hand-written note from one of the kids that I helped by being there. It was a very emotional moment that my wife and I still talk about two years later.
The event is Friday, October 12th and once I recover from it that weekend, I’ll write an entire recap of the event on my blog.
Thanks much for all the help in spreading the word. I appreciate it. And most importantly, the kids and families in Michigan who are fighting Leukemia appreciate it.
If you’re interested in finding out more information about the event, or what your donation will go to, please click on the banner below. Also, if you’re in Michigan, why not sign up to participate as well? See you at the movies!