[EDIT: After consultation with Gorbachav5 we have decided to change the name of the Scholarship Fund. We are now going to call it the "Miracle Wolf Scholarship Fund." All donations will go to OI Foundation in the name of Miracle Wolf and what he means to this community. I am having JShufelt put together a Ducked Up Image of Wolf right now to use as the logo for this. Leave your suggestions in the comments for Shu.]
There has been some interest by the members that if you were not able to win one of the incredibly exciting auction items (and Grandma and Grandpa Gorby, you better know I'm coming after my football) that people were interested in contributing to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (www.oif.org).
I sent an email to the Oregon group leader to find out if there was a way that we as a community could help out with this noble cause. Needless to say, she was very excited that a group of misfits like ourselves were even remotely interested in being philanthropic, also, she is a huge Duck fan and was even more excited that Duck fans would be involved with this.
Her suggestion to me was that if we were interested we would be more than welcome to come to a "meet and greet" of OI families in the Portland area, and if we were so inclined there are a number of people that really want to go to the National Conference, but their budgets are not able to handle the $150 per person registration.
So here is my challenge. I'm pretty sure that if we rally together we can easily send one person who is in need to the National Conference to meet with fellow OI attendees. My challenge is can we send two? Can we as a small community of Duck fans who care about people raise enough money to send a child or teen with a parent to a place for three days where they can meet other people living with this disease, consult medical professionals, and listen to experts on how to "Live Well with an Unbreakable Spirit?"
I think we can.
No donation is too small. It will all add up to a greater cause. Click on the link below and give what you can. I will make sure the funds reach Julie of the OI Foundation and goes to a family in need of this special gift.
Also, besides the contribution I am making, I will make sure that however many people we send they will also receive a brand new Oregon Ducks T-shirt which I will deliver at the "meet and greet" for them to wear with pride. Now make me buy a lot of T-shirts!!!!
In order to contribute through the link below you need to have a paypal account. If you would like to contribute another way send me an email through my profile and we can make arrangements to do so.
I have left the contributions open until April, 29th so that we can take advantage of the early enrollment discount for the OIF National Conference. Send emails to your family and friends, paste this on your Facebook or MySpace thingy, add this to your blog, and let's stand side by side with the people who are showing us what it truly means to Win the Day.