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PostSubject: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:02 pm

Hi everyone!
I might have bitten off more than I can chew by getting involved in a fundraiser for the plus15 campaign. Lately I've been itching to do more as an advocate for Down syndrome. This opportunity came along and I seized it! The fundraiser is also a contest and the top fundraiser wins an iPad, which appealed to my competitive nature. Then I had a great idea to try to win the iPad and donate it to Matthew's preschool so that kids with other special needs can benefit from using it too. cheers

I spoke to Matthew's speech therapist about it and there are many possible uses of the iPad in their therapies or even in some group activities at school. So here I am with a May 21 deadline to raise as much as I can for important cognition research for Down syndrome AND win an iPad for the school.

Please consider helping me. Any kind of help, whether by donating or simply spreading the word via blogs, twitter, fb, or word of mouth, is greatly appreciated! Smile

Here's a link to my blog post about it. For fellow bloggers, I also have a button you can grab to post on your blog.
http://billandria.blogspot.com/2011/04/supporting-cognition-research-via.html

On my blog post, I also included NIH funding data that I gathered from a testimony written by Dr. Brian Skotko and the NIH website to compare funding of various medical conditions, including Down syndrome, from 2008 to 2010. It's very sad to see the disparity.

Here's a link to the fundraising page.
http://www.crowdrise.com/plus15/fundraiser/billandria

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for reading this and helping out in whatever way you can. You are all awesome!! **HUGS**
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:17 pm

That is wonderful. I saw this on my iphone this weekend and haven't studied it yet. I love RR, but DSRTF is near and dear to my heart as well. I am excited that you are doing this. I have a feeling Mary C will be too. She does a Romp for Research every year in New York.

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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Fri May 13, 2011 8:49 pm

We have a garage sale benefit tomorrow and Sunday, May 14 & 15. Hoping that the 50% chance of rain is an error and that the weather forecaster meant 5% chance. All proceeds will benefit the DSRTF's plus15 campaign. :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Fri May 13, 2011 9:04 pm

I was super happy to donate! I hope your garage sale goes well too.
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Sat May 14, 2011 5:16 am

Awesome work Ria!! I hope the rain holds off and you get a good turn out for the garage sale!
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Tue May 17, 2011 9:30 am

Thanks for praying for no rain everyone! Unfortunately it showered and misted both days. I still consider it a successful garage sale though despite the rain and the cold. We raised $686.45. And we still have a lot of stuff left and will be adding more things for a 3rd garage sale day on May 21. Coincidentally, it's kinda symbolic since it'll be the 21st (21 chromosomes) and it will be the 3rd day we are doing it. cheers

There are some pictures on my blog about the May 14 & 15 sale. http://billandria.blogspot.com/2011/05/2-day-garage-sale-benefit-for-down.html

Thanks for your prayers and cheers everyone! We really appreciate it! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Tue May 17, 2011 9:31 am

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I was super happy to donate! I hope your garage sale goes well too.

Thank you so much for your donation! **HUGS**
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Tue May 17, 2011 9:35 am

By the way, if anyone is interested in keeping track of our progress, our fundraising page is http://www.crowdrise.com/plus15/fundraiser/billandria. It's been fun for me to watch the meter move toward our goal, which we may or may not hit. But I always say "aim for the moon and if you don't get there, you'll still be among the stars." And taking a page out of Special Olympics, "Let me win but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Tue May 17, 2011 9:38 am

billandria wrote:
By the way, if anyone is interested in keeping track of our progress, our fundraising page is http://www.crowdrise.com/plus15/fundraiser/billandria. It's been fun for me to watch the meter move toward our goal, which we may or may not hit. But I always say "aim for the moon and if you don't get there, you'll still be among the stars." And taking a page out of Special Olympics, "Let me win but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
Have a great day everyone!

I love your spirit Ria! You are awesome! I hope you do win!! Smile Cheering you on! Love you, Di
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Tue May 17, 2011 10:32 am

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billandria wrote:
By the way, if anyone is interested in keeping track of our progress, our fundraising page is http://www.crowdrise.com/plus15/fundraiser/billandria. It's been fun for me to watch the meter move toward our goal, which we may or may not hit. But I always say "aim for the moon and if you don't get there, you'll still be among the stars." And taking a page out of Special Olympics, "Let me win but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
Have a great day everyone!

I love your spirit Ria! You are awesome! I hope you do win!! Smile Cheering you on! Love you, Di

Thanks! Love you too!
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Tue May 17, 2011 10:46 am

Awesome job Ria!
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Tue May 17, 2011 1:22 pm

mary c wrote:
Awesome job Ria!
Thanks Mary!
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:30 pm

Update: we raised $2,211 for Down syndrome cognition research (+15) AND won an iPad, which will be going to Matthew's preschool where it can benefit many more kids with special
needs, and maybe open more doors for the preschool.

I'm so excited and happy!! Thanks to everyone who cheered for us & prayed for us.

More details here: http://billandria.blogspot.com/2011/06/wish-upon-ipad.html cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:17 pm

That is great news! WTG!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:22 pm

Congratulations!
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:03 pm

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Congratulations!

Thanks. :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:04 pm

mary c wrote:
Awesome job Ria!

Thanks. :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:04 pm

Thanks everyone! We feel blessed and fortunate that it was the right time and set of circumstances that allowed us to put ourselves in a position to raise research money. Thanks to all of you who encouraged us, showed your support, and sent positive thoughts our way.
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:00 am

That's wonderful news, Ria!!! I'm so glad your efforts were a success!
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:19 am

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That's wonderful news, Ria!!! I'm so glad your efforts were a success!

Thanks. :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Raising funds for DS research & trying to win iPad for Matthew's preschool   Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:07 pm

Congratulations!!! WONDERFUL!!
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