Last year, you raised $22,000 — how did that make you feel?
Humbled; I was so grateful for the generosity of friends, family and strangers. As funds came in, we were more and more inspired to keep the fundraising going. Even though it was for the cause of breast cancer and awareness, it was more of a distraction from the “what-if” scenarios that could have filled our thoughts. We raised so much in so little time and were the lead fundraisers during the Making Strides iPad 2 Challenge. Given the nature of how our team pulled together, the ACS helped by directing our funds directly to some of the IBC research that they support.
Did your fundraising success last year make you set your goal higher this year?
I am a pretty grounded optimist; I was shooting for half. Last year, we were just trying to wrap our heads around the situation. People were just finding out and were in shock right along with us, and they wanted desperately to help and they were pitching in any way they could.
Don’t get me wrong, they still are. But it is certainly not like when you are first scrambling for answers and direction. Liesl has responded really well to treatment this year and is starting to get back to a normal routine, so support is more distributed than during the initial diagnosis.
How has fundraising support been so far? Do you know how much you’ve raised? Is it too late to donate?
We are coming up on $10,000 raised so far; actually about where I thought it would be. The website (http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Mikefields) will remain open to donations through Dec. 31, and we hope to get the team up to $15,000 for Pacesetter Status again, but even more important is that we are getting our story out there and hopefully getting some women into the doctor’s office sooner than they might have.