I’m incredibly pleased to announce that Team Fatty Austin is — once again — the winner of the Team Champion Award for the Austin LiveStrong Challenge.
What is the “Team Champion Award?” Well, it’s the award a team gets for raising more money than any other team. In our case, it’s because Team Fatty Austin has raised ~$180,000.
Which is a huge amount of money. And I could not be more proud of what Team Fatty Austin has done this year.
Further, consider this. Between the four LiveStrong Challenge events (Seattle, San Jose, Philly, and Austin) and Team Fatty NYC Marathon, we are within striking distance of raising half a million dollars for LiveStrong in 2010.
So, to everyone who has donated in any of my contests, and to everyone who has joined Team Fatty and helped raise money: thank you.
You have, over the course of the past two years, stayed with me and listened to me and worked with me and — over and over — have donated. To the tune of about 1.4 Million dollars.
That’s a staggering amount of money. It really is. Especially when you consider a dirty little secret about my blog: it’s honestly not all that big.
Sure, I puff out my chest and act like I have millions of readers, but I don’t have millions of readers. But that’s just a gimmick.
Which means that when hundreds of you join Team Fatty, and 985 of you donate on my personal LiveStrong Challenge pages, it’s no small percentage of you who have joined me in this fight.
So I want the videos I put together to reflect that.
I’ll have a high bar to meet: both ClydeSteve and PhillyJen have made incredibly good videos for the awards ceremonies at the Challenges they led. Luckily for me, I don’t mind stealing their good stuff.
Specifically, I’ve asked everyone in Team Fatty Austin to email me photos; they’ll be part of the Team Champion video. And I’ve got a pretty good idea of what to say on behalf of the team.
But here’s the thing: I’ve got two videos to make today.
Tell Me What to Say
In addition to the Team Champion Award, we’ve also won the Individual Messenger Award — the award given to the person who has had more people donate than anyone else.
That award goes to me, because close to a thousand of you have donated to one or another of my LiveStrong Challenge pages this year.
The thing is, I’m just the guy who asked for help. All of you are the ones who actually opened your wallets and did the heavy lifting.
So here’s what I’d like you to do to help me make this video really reflect the people who earned this award: leave a comment to today’s post saying why you’ve taken up the fight against cancer.
Keep your comment to one or two sentences — something really short and to the point.
I’ll use as many of the comments as I can, and will do my best to make the messages you have the central theme of this award.
Thanks very much for your help, and thanks for all you’ve done as Team Fatty keeps working in the fight against cancer.