ALS Update; I Still Need Your Help; Money Contributions From 22 Countries!

By: Mike Shedlock | Tue, May 15, 2012
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In case you missed it, back on April 2, 2012 I reported My Wife Joanne Has ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.

In that post, I announced I was running a raffle for the benefit of the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Please read the post if you have not yet seen it.

Many people have asked for an update, so here goes.

Raffle ticket purchases and contributions have come in from 22 countries around the world.

Countries Making Donations

  1. Australia
  2. Belgium
  3. Canada
  4. Chile
  5. China
  6. Estonia
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Ireland
  10. Japan
  11. Luxembourg
  12. Mexico
  13. Netherlands
  14. New Zealand
  15. Norway
  16. Panama
  17. Singapore
  18. South Africa
  19. Spain
  20. Sweden
  21. Switzerland
  22. United Kingdom

Approximately $209,000 has been raised so far of which $9,000 has been cash contributions, not raffle ticket purchases.

In addition, two corporate sponsors have kicked in $10,000 each. Sitka Pacific was a corporate sponsor (half mine) and GoldMoney was a corporate sponsor.

Given half of raffle ticket proceeds go to raffle winners, and half to the Les Turner ALS foundation, the approximate total raised for ALS research is about $130,000.

The Les Turner ALS foundation is thrilled with those results, but I am disappointed. I have about 46,000 subscribers to my blog feed, but a mere 997 raffle tickets have been sold as of Sunday.

I never expected to sell the allotted number of 30,000 raffle tickets, but the state of Illinois required us to pick a number so I purposely picked a high one. However, I did hope to raise $1 million in lottery tickets, half going to ALS research.

Over the years many people has asked me to put up a tip jar. I refused. I have always thought the best information is free. That philosophy has served me well. I have never asked for anything, but I am asking now.

If information from this blog, for free, 4-5 posts a day (for 7 years!) has made you money or kept you out of trouble, is a mere $200 too much to ask in return? If it is, then please do not make a donation.

If it is not, then please help.

If times are tough, and they may very well be, then please consider a cash donation of $10 or more. Every bit helps.

I am also disappointed in lack of response from corporate sponsors. Where is Google? Apple? Sony? I emailed all three.

So a big tip of the hat to GoldMoney for stepping up to the plate.

If you wish to buy a raffle ticket or make a donation, please click on this link to Support the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

To make a cash donation by check or money order, please send a check or money order to
Lacey Wood
Mish Campaign
Les Turner ALS Foundation
5550 W. Touhy Avenue, Suite 302 Skokie, IL 60077
847.679.3311 (Main)

Any questions, please call the above number.



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