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The Lilly’s Fund campaign ended Tuesday, May 13, which would have been Lilly’s 10th birthday. We are humbled and happy to report that we reached our last-minute goal of raising an additional $500 in the final 5 days. All told, you helped us collect $3,843 for ill and injured pets on our community. Thank you.
We reached our original goal in our memorial fundraising campaign in just 17 days. I let the campaign continue without much fanfare. Out of the blue we started getting donations again this week, so I increased our goal by $500. Do you think we can raise $500 in these final 5 days? Next Tuesday, May 13, would have been Lilly’s 10th birthday. That’s our deadline. Check out our plans for the money and the latest book news … Continue reading
I am honored, humbled, and grateful to say that Lilly’s Fund reached 100% of our $3,343 goal in just 17 days. Thanks to the help of 36 donors (on top of the $693 we chipped in ourselves) we’ll be able to help a dog (or dogs) at our local veterinary specialty hospital.
We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Lilly’s Fund, our memorial fundraising campaign. Here are the details on how you can give, how much we want to raise, and where the money will go.
After months of research, I’ve been unable to find a charity partner that could / would to make Lilly’s Fund Grants in the way I wish. That means what you give is NOT tax deductible. I’m sorry. I really tried, but I just couldn’t work it out.
Instead, we’re doing this as a crowd-funding project through GiveForward.com, and I will make the grants myself.
Lilly, the canine heroine of Champion of My Heart, died December 17, 2013 – 23 months after suffering a rare and severe adverse rabies vaccine reaction (brain and spinal cord inflammation).
This memorial fundraiser is our way of doing something useful with the grief.
We want to raise $3,343, which is the number of days Lilly was in our lives.
I have already given $693 myself, which is the number of days Lilly survived her illness.
That leaves $2,650.
We’ve set the deadline for May 13, 2014, which would have been Lilly’s 10th birthday.
Once we’ve reached this goal, I will alert Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital – where Lilly received neurology, internal medicine, and emergency / critical care help.
A team of veterinary neurologists and veterinary technicians who knew and cared for Lilly will choose a current canine neurology case as the recipient of the Lilly’s Fund Grant.
I have set no criteria, and I will not be involved in choosing a grant recipient. I trust the hospital to choose a worthy case.
Essentially, I will use the money to pay someone else’s veterinary bill. It will be a surprise to the family who benefits — like a random act of kindness.
If we’re wildly successful, any additional money raised will be granted as follows:
Encourage your friends and family to give by sharing information about Lilly’s Fund via social media or on your blog (if you have one).
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Since Lilly’s death, I’ve taken some time to think about the future of the blog and my writing projects, in general. I’m currently doing the groundwork for several possible books — based on my life with Lilly, my heart dog, my canine soul mate. That’s where this survey comes into play. Please answer the questions below based on your experience, and I’d really appreciate it if you’d share the link with others so that I can collect enough data to make the results meaningful / viable.
Thanks so much!
It turns out setting up Lilly’s Fund — a memorial fundraising campaign to do something useful with our grief — is more complicated than we thought. Unless, one of my veterinary industry contacts comes through with a miracle, we’re down to 2 options. I’m curious … what would you do?
It took me close to two solid days to gather and officially archive 9 years of photos and video of Lilly. I’m so grateful – now that she is gone – to have countless images of our life together. You’ll always find spontaneous moments to capture, but here is a short list of must-have dog photos and video.
I’m sure people wonder about our timeline on getting another puppy or dog. We’re not even thinking about looking until spring 2015. I’m announcing this in part to keep well-meaning folks from sending me links to adoptable dogs. It’s also a statement of faith that at some point in the future I won’t feel quite as grief stricken as I do today.
Grieving continues. Amid walking that sad road, I’ve tried to distill the most important lessons – not just for me, but things most likely to transfer into your lives with your pets.