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Flag charity / Leroy Coolbreeze fund (Feedback requested)

Do you think that the Melanoma International Foundation is an appropriate organization for the Flag Project to support?

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Flag charity / Leroy Coolbreeze fund (Feedback requested)

Postby DirtyMartini on 28 Sep 2007 18:29

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A couple of months ago, I had brought up the idea of raising money for melanoma research in honor of Stewart's brother Ian in conjunction with the SC.net flag. Your response was positive and enthusiastic. (The original thread is located here: http://www.stewartcopeland.net/forum/vi ... php?t=3670 but due to its length, I thought it best to start a new thread so that this message does not get buried and so that new folks don't get overwhelmed. The first post in that thread will provide a general overview.)

I apologize for the delay, but I'm afraid that despite all of our good intentions, phone calls, emails, pavement-pounding, and contacts with possibly-associated doctors and clinics, it has taken nearly two months in order to make even preliminary contact with Live4Life. (Nancyrose deserves a medal for her valiant efforts.) Considering these difficulties, we're just not sure if the organization currently has the administrative resources to dedicate to this project.

In the interim, we have come across an organization that we think would serve as a worthy alternative whose goals are especially appropriate for an international forum such as ours (if the forum-folks so approve).


Melanoma International Foundation
http://www.melanomaintl.org/default.asp

The Melanoma International Foundation (note: that's MIF, not MILF) addresses the fight against melanoma with both a long-term vision and a practical sense of immediacy. Its mission includes advocacy to increase funding for scientific research, while simultaneously providing real-life assistance to newly diagnosed patients.

Funds raised by MIF are allocated to programs for prevention, early detection, and treatment of melanoma. Its global presence has helped MIF foster and expand international collaboration among scientists focused on finding a cure. In addition, MIF provides valuable and practical services to patients and their families by helping them identify and get placed in clinical trials. As the most appropriate trial is often located at a distance from the patient's home, MIF also provides funding for travel and housing accommodations without which many would find such treatments out of reach.

Their scientific advisory boards includes scientists, doctors, and directors from the US, China, Scotland, Australia, and England. Considering the many nations represented here at SC.net, this emphasis on international input, research, advocacy, and awareness seems especially appropriate to our community.

For those interested in reading further on their website, note that they provide a tool for translating the site into a number of languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, and Arabic. Remember that automated translators are never great with detail; but the tool may be helpful for a general overview.


(To answer the inevitable question: Giovanni has already stressed that this decision is our own to make. As members, both Giovanni and Stewart are invited to vote just like everyone else, but the path that we follow is up to us as a group.)

Nancy has already spoken to MIF's founder, who has said that establishing a Leroy Coolbreeze account will not be a problem should we decide to go forward with them. Although I have not personally encountered MIF before, I am quite impressed by the far reach of their initiatives, the amount and scope of free information that they provide, and their willingness and eagerness to provide documentation on the programs that they support. We have contacted a number of organizations, but truthfully this is the only one that I feel comfortable recommending.

Please note: participation with this charity is purely VOLUNTARY. This project is being run in conjunction with the flag but is not a requirement of it (i.e., you do not need to donate money in order to sign or bear the flag). And neither Nancy nor I nor anyone else from SC.net will be handling funds; donations will go directly to the charity itself, and only it will have records of individuals' donations.

I am going to bump this thread for one week (until Friday, October 5) in the hope of reaching as many people as possible. If we reach a general assent, Nancy will finalize arrangements with MIF and report back with donation information.

Thank you, everyone.
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Postby smudge on 28 Sep 2007 18:33

Thank you nancy and kellie for getting this off the ground. I'm in.
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Postby Kalypso.Kent.com on 28 Sep 2007 18:37

Me too. My cousin died at 33 of melanoma and I already contribute to a charity in Italy. Please add me.
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Postby TheEqualizer on 28 Sep 2007 18:38

Kudos for the follow-up on this and all the effort. I think this is a very worthy and appropriate charity. My vote has been cast.

also want to stress that this is TOTALLY voluntary and no one will look bad on you if you can't donate.
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Postby samburusunset on 28 Sep 2007 18:43

I'm in. Nice job Nancy. :D
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Postby DirtyMartini on 28 Sep 2007 18:44

[quote="TheEqualizer"]also want to stress that this is TOTALLY voluntary and no one will look bad on you if you can't donate.[/quote]

Thank you, EQ. I had stressed that over and over in the other thread, but I should make a point of adding it here as well.
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Postby GinaSuperCat on 28 Sep 2007 18:50

Thank you DirtyMartini & Nancy for all your follow-up efforts in this regard. I'm afraid, while wholeheartedly agreeing it was a good idea, I never did much more than that to actually help in making it a reality. If there is anything I can do, please let me know and I will make sure to take the time and contribute whatever I can. And yep, the charity sounds like a perfect direction imo.

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Postby Lynne on 28 Sep 2007 18:52

Yes. Many thanks to Nancy for doing the legwork!

I particularly noticed that their scientific advisory board is both international in its affiliations and has someone who does pediatric dermatology, so the board expertise seems to encompass a wide range of susceptible populations.

I also notice that they hold a couple of sponsored walkathon/5K run events. If we do end up doing this, I volunteer to help arrange such an event (The MIF Leroy Coolbreeze Memorial 5K?) if there's enough interest. But that's for further down the road.
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Postby nancyrose on 28 Sep 2007 19:01

[quote="TheEqualizer"]also want to stress that this is TOTALLY voluntary and no one will look bad on you if you can't donate.[/quote]

Not only will no one "look bad on you," no one will ever know, as it is not our intent to list names in any way. The organization will acknowledge all contributions directly to the donor...all we will do on this end is report the amount raised in aggregate.
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Postby Hannaha on 28 Sep 2007 19:04

That's brilliant you two... I think it's perfect you managed to find something with an international scope. The efforts of people on this board to help each other are both astounding and also go some way to reigniting my faith in human nature ;)

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Postby DirtyMartini on 28 Sep 2007 19:04

[quote="nancyrose"]The organization will acknowledge all contributions directly to the donor...all we will do on this end is report the amount raised in aggregate.[/quote]

"Aggregate" being a $5-word for "total."

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Postby smudge on 28 Sep 2007 19:19

[quote="Lynne"]
I also notice that they hold a couple of sponsored walkathon/5K run events. If we do end up doing this, I volunteer to help arrange such an event (The MIF Leroy Coolbreeze Memorial 5K?) if there's enough interest. But that's for further down the road.[/quote]

This is a bit OT, except for the fundraising thing but...

Oh god. I think this might be the point at which there are no more excuses left, and it really is time to do The Great North Run (one of the uk's biggest half marathons, in newcastle / gateshead). Anyone else up for that? We have a whole year to quit smoking and train. Seriously.
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Postby nancyrose on 28 Sep 2007 19:37

[quote="DirtyMartini"][quote="nancyrose"]The organization will acknowledge all contributions directly to the donor...all we will do on this end is report the amount raised in aggregate.[/quote]

"Aggregate" being a $5-word for "total."

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Thank you, everyone.[/quote]


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Postby Lynne on 28 Sep 2007 20:08

[quote="smudge"]This is a bit OT, except for the fundraising thing but...

Oh god. I think this might be the point at which there are no more excuses left, and it really is time to do The Great North Run (one of the uk's biggest half marathons, in newcastle / gateshead). Anyone else up for that? We have a whole year to quit smoking and train. Seriously.[/quote]

smudge, this is a great idea! I do several tris and runs each year, and never think about sponsorship (each of the events has an associated charity to which the proceeds go). In particular, I have a goal of doing the Banco Popular half marathon in Chicago next September (even though I am a triathlete I've never run more than 7.5 miles), and that is an opportunity to solicit sponsorship from friends and family.

This sounds like a good cause to jump-start the training!
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Postby sameoldbuttercup on 28 Sep 2007 21:14

I arrived here too late to be a Flag-ist (although I did write about it elsewhere when I found out about it), so I don't know how much my vote will count.

I will say, though, that I've worked on *many* volunteer projects and acted as Project Manager on most of them... I'm willing to offer whatever you need in any capacity required, DM. I can offer you webspace, too, if you need to put up a site. Also promotions, coding, graphics... whatever it takes.

I've added an email to my profile button so feel free to contact me any time.

Thanks, DM and nancyrose, for your hard work on this!
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