Light the Night Walk

OK, so we didn’t actually cure cancer with our Light the Night fundraising, but we made a dent in the cost of treatment. Thanks to you, we raised more than $2,600 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Courtney from Skepchick Events and Elyse and her family did the Dallas walk last Sunday. As Elyse described it:

The best part was that thanks to having awesome cancer, sometimes I can’t eat for entire days. So everyone who walked with us got to spend the day watching me try to get food and liquids into me only to have those things violently exit me. I felt like it was a good reminder that we were walking for something important.

So here’s the part where I emotionally manipulate you. If Elyse can endure that for the cause, surely you can spare a dollar or two? Even though the walk is over, the fundraising continues year-round.

You can still donate to our team page or to individual team members. Or you can join a local walk and raise money yourself. Hell, you can even donate to the Freethought Blog team. It’s pretty obvious that they kicked our ass in the fundraising competition by raising more than $8,500, but with a combined total of more than $11,000 coming out of this competition, that’s an ass-kicking I can live with.

Since the fundraising is ongoing, our incentives still stand. (See a complete list here.) Anne Sauer recently posted not only one promised drink recipe but two after we raised $2,500. And I still owe you 8 more superheroes.

I’ve run into privacy issues when contacting hospitals to find kids and parents who want to participate, so on the suggestion of one hospital, I’ve created a flyer for them to give to parents, who can then contact me if interested. Anyone who contacts me to have a likeness created of their child will get one, even if it goes beyond what I promised. If you know of any kids in treatment or remission who might like this, please contact me at skepchickevents [at]

Thanks again for your generous support. I’m proud to be a part of this community.

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Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer who just moved to a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband and two young kids. When not counting how often the words "pride," "liberty," and "freedom" are used in local business, road, and pet names, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and raising her two kids to be critical thinkers. She is the managing editor of Skepchick Events, a Grounded Parents admin, and a Skepchick contributor. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Google+

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