WalkMS 2015 San Diego

It’s that time of year again. I’m participating in WalkMS 2015 in San Diego and thanks to last year’s fundraising success, I will again be playing a video game, MechWarrior Online, for 48 hours over 4 days instead of walking the three mile course.

My goal is to exceed my total from last year (a little over $4600) and raise $5000. If you would like to help me reach my goal, please visit My Donation Page and make a donation. There is no minimum donation (use the last donation option) and it is tax deductible. So, please consider helping me and the other 2 million people around the world with Multiple Sclerosis with your gift. We would all greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

If you are unable to make a donation at this time, please share My Donation Page with as many people as you can. There are social media and email links on the left side of the donation page to make things easy. Also, be sure to Watch Me Play MechWarrior Online live on April 24 through April 27 between 9 AM and 9 PM Pacific.

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I just received this from the National MS Society…


This week Congressman Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressman Burgess, MD (R-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the understanding of and accelerate research for neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis.

This legislation, the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act (H.R. 292), will guide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in tracking the incidence and prevalence of neurological diseases. According to its cosponsors, this new surveillance system could one day lead to a cure for diseases like multiple sclerosis, as information collected will provide a foundation for evaluating and understanding aspects of these diseases on which we currently do not have a good grasp – such as the geography of diagnoses, variances in gender, disease burden and changes in healthcare practices among patients.


Please ask your U.S. Representative to show his/her support by cosponsoring the Advancing Research for Neurological Disease Act TODAY!

https://secure3.convio.net/nmss/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2661

Use the above link and fill in your personal info to send a letter to your Congressional Representative.

If you would like to personalize your message, please consider the below.

“My son/brother/nephew/cousin/friend was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) over 10 years ago and since then has met many other people with MS. Some are doing well dealing with the disease, but many are not.

Research in finding a cure and treatment for MS would do wonders for the quality of life and productivity for an untold number of people not only here in the United States, but the world.”

Thanks and make your Reps do their jobs! :)

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Stomping Out Multiple Sclerosis

Because of my past successes with online fundraising and thanks to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, I am now able to have a permanent fundraising page so I can raise funds all year. Please check it out. Thanks

StompingOutMultipleSclerosis.org

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For a second year in a row, I will be playing a video game, MechWarrior Online, for 24 hours straight on October 25, 2014, to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I will be broadcasting the entire 24 hours starting at 9 AM Pacific and you can watch at www.Twitch.tv/gimpy21.

So, please take a look at my donation page and consider donating. Thanks!

Extra Life Donation Page

Update (10/26/2014): Our Extra Life team raised $1545. The 24 hour gaming session was very fun and no one on our team fell asleep at the computer! Already looking forward to next year. :D

The donation pages will be up through December 31, 2014, so if you have a few extra dollars, please click the Extra Life Donation Page link above and support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with a tax deductible donation. Every dollar matters. Thanks!

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I’m finally done fundraising for WalkMS 2014. Final dollar amount raised…


My original goal was $1500, but that was met early on the day of the walk event on April 26. I was able to almost triple my goal because I took a different approach to fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society this year and doing the 3 mile walk in San Diego has proven to be a little outside my physical abilities (I barely finished in 2011).

Instead of just asking friends and family for a donation and not walking, I did a live broadcast over the internet via Twitch.tv while playing a video game, MechWarrior Online. The broadcast was over four days, April 25-28, where I played 12 hours straight each day. While not a very popular game, MechWarrior Online has proven to have an awesome and charitable community.

Not only did other players and fans of the game donate to the cause, but the makers of MechWarrior Online, Piranha Games (PGI), gave me their support by promoting my event as well as providing 75 free game time codes that I gave away during the event and to people who donated. PGI’s Community Manager, Nikolai Lubkiewicz, even joined me while playing the game for about 10 hours of his own time over the course of the weekend. A number of their employees also made some generous donations.

There are numerous other people I would like to thank, but I already did a lengthy “Thank You” post on the MechWarrior Online message boards and can be found here: http://mwomercs.com/forums/topic/155774-multiple-sclerosis-fund-raising-event/page__fromsearch__1

Overall, this was a very successful fundraising event for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year. :)

If you are interested in donating for this event, this is my donation page: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/gimpy

If that page is no longer available, please visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society donation page here: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Donate

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Walk MS 2014 in San Diego

As you probably know, I have Multiple Sclerosis. In the past I have participated in MS fund raising events as a “virtual” participant. Meaning, I raised money but did not do the actual event like bike riding or walking. Back in 2011 I actually walked the 3 mile course in San Diego. It was a beautiful day and the scenery was great, but I barely made it (I was the last person across the finish line) and it took me 3 days to recover. I did raise $1100 for the MS Society though.

I wanted to do the walk again in 2012 and 2013, but walking has become more difficult and I had to take a pass both times. However, I have found a new way to raise money for the MS Society… Playing video games.

What gave me the idea is last year a friend asked me if I wanted to help raise money for Children’s Hospitals. I of course said “Sure. How?” He then pointed me to the Extra Life site. Then on November 2, 2013 we played a video game, MechWarrior Online, for 25 hours straight. I even “broadcasted” the entire event on my Twitch.tv channel so people could watch us play. Although we were very tired at the end, it was a lot of fun and we raised over $1200 for Children’s Hospitals.

The 25 hour event gave me an idea on how I could do basically the same thing, but raise money for the MS Society. Instead of playing for 25 hours straight, I could play four twelve hour sessions over four days and broadcast the entire thing. So, that’s what I’m doing this year… Instead of walking 3 miles, I’m going to play a video game for 48 hours over 4 days.

Right now, my goal is to raise $1500, but will set it higher once that is reached. If you would like to help me reach my goal, please visit My Donation Page and make a donation. There is no minimum donation (use the last donation option) and it is tax deductible. So, please consider helping me and the other 2 million people around the world with Multiple Sclerosis with your gift. We would all greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

And, be sure to Watch Me Play MechWarrior Online live on April 25 through April 28 between 9 AM and 9 PM Pacific.

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I will be playing a video game, MechWarrior Online, for 25 hours straight on November 2, 2013 to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I’ve had to stop doing the Multiple Sclerosis fundraising walks because they are too long, exhausting, and painful for me. So, since I still have a need to raise money for charity… What better way than sitting on my butt for 25 hours playing video games? I think I can do that.

So, please take a look at my donation page and consider donating. Thanks!

Extra Life Donation Page

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It took every day available, but I achieved my fund raising goal for the Walk MS event here in San Diego.

I would like to thank everyone who donated and all the others who helped me get the word out on raising money for this very worthy cause. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

Between the fund raising and the walk itself, it was very challenging, but it was also very rewarding on a personal level. I look forward to doing it again next year. :)

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I finished the Walk MS event yesterday in an astounding 2 hours and 5 minutes. Went home, collapsed on the couch with the dogs for an hour or two and relaxed for the rest of the day. Oh, and I only slept for 11 hours last night. :)

Thank you again to everyone who made a donation. I haven’t reached my goal of $1000 yet, but, if you haven’t already, you can still make donations through May 27.

If you would like to help me reach my goal, please visit My Donation Page and make a donation. There is no minimum donation and it is tax deductible. So, please consider helping me and the other 2 million people around the world with Multiple Sclerosis with your gift. We would all greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

 

 

 

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The New Rules Of Money

As a follow up to My Review of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki, I went and found a video series put out by Mr. Kiyosaki called The New Rules of Money. In this series of seven videos (about 45 minutes long total play time), Mr. Kiyosaki explains how and why the economy of today is so different from the economy of 50 years ago, why the rules have changed and what you need to do to keep up.

Check out the complete series here.

 

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