Thursday, January 17, 2008

Join Team DOWN ONE for the 2008 LIVESTRONG Challenge Philadelphia

It’s time to get ready to challenge yourself. Do you have what it takes to participate in the 2008 LIVESTRONG Challenge Philadelphia? I think you do! Join Team DOWN ONE as we embark on another incredible year of fundraising for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. You can join by going to and clicking the "Join The Team" button.

The LIVESTRONG Challenge is the LAF’s signature fundraising event. The walk/run event is 5K and then there are bike events for 10, 40, 70 or 100 miles. The LAF inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. They help people with cancer focus on living; they believe unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. The LAF is leading a national movement to make cancer a national priority in the 2008 Presidential race.

Team DOWN ONE's mission is to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF), get people involved in the fight against cancer and provide hope to all cancer survivors.

Last years results were amazing! We had 27 team members. We raised $22,451. We placed 16th out of 292 teams in the Philadelphia Challenge and placed 39th out of 816 team’s nation wide (Philadelphia, Portland and Austin.)

This year we have set our team goals at recruiting 50 team members and raising $30,000. It is equally important to get more people involved in the fight against cancer as it is to raise the money. It is up to us to recruit people. Ask your family, friends and coworkers to join Team DOWN ONE. Think about it. If each person on the team last year rejoined this year and got one person to join we would be at 54. We can do this!

In the coming weeks we will outline our fundraising plans with some of the team members. This year we are certainly going to pursue business (local and national) sponsorships. In 2007, we did not pursue the team sponsorships very hard and we still got over $3,100 worth so this year starting NOW we are focused on getting the business sponsorships. If you have your own business look to sponsor us to take advantage of the write off. If you know someone (family, friend or coworker) who has their own business ask them to sponsor us. I will have the sponsorship forms ready within a week.

This year I will be looking for some team members to help out with gaining sponsorships and setting up a fundraising event - that's right just one event this year. If you are interested in helping please let me know and I will arrange a meeting to review our plans with the team.

Thank you and I look forward to you joining Team DOWN ONE and helping us make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Best Regards & LIVESTRONG,

~ Brian Dowd