Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Chip in

Some technical shortcomings with Chip In ... It is not visible on iPad or smartphone and is slow to track donation progress on the gauge. It is working though - $3,735.... I will keep updating on progress. Thank you to our pioneers, Chad Ritchie, Lydia Ulrich, Brandon Jenkins, Dylan Judy, and Sarah Peck. And Jennifer Bromley ... And Dave Vaala ... And Cindy Crawford ... And Anne Bromley ...And Robert Cherneski, Chris Chaten, Nick Chester, Joseph Parini, David Michaels, Sophie Hill, Kevin Shelver, Jason Biga, Kristi Devens, Ryan Shultz, and Lydia Gallegos ... And Allen Vaala, Jeryl Hayes, Carrie Evans, Mary Lynn Hamilton Doyle, Brian Williams, Katharine McKenna, Alison Lee ... Joe White, Jeffrey Gallegos, Lindsey Vaala, Avalon Hill ... Lauren Neidigh, Marcos Lopez Miro, Stephen Cain, Mandi Milks-Johnson, Eileen Kitchen, Mollie Craven, Martha Gallegos ...

Please Post in the comments section if you are having technical issues and we will work to resolve, but there don't seem to be any issues on the actual contribution piece. Also, if you know of a fundraiser tool besides Chip In that works for individuals rather than non-profits, let me know via "comments" tool below... Chip In was one of the few to choose from, but the funds are coming through.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


On Sunday, Clare was competing in an Ironman competition in Nice, France. During the cycling course she was hit by an ambulance that was en route to an injured volunteer. Clare is currently in the hospital with a broken pelvis, a collapsed lung, and head trauma. They have induced her into a coma to try to prevent, or minimize brain damage. We won't have anymore information about her condition until she wakes up from the coma. Clare's parents and Wes, her husband, are currently with her.

Thank you for supporting Clare during her recovery process. Many of you have asked how to support them financially as they incur unexpected costs related to their change of plans (hotel, airfare, food, long distance charges, boarding care for their cat, etc).

They have not asked for support, but everyone's desire to help has been overwhelming. If you feel so inclined, please feel free to use the "Chip In!" link below to transfer them money via Paypal (click the yellow "Chip In!" box). A fee will be deducted if you pay by credit card, but there will be no fee if you use your bank account directly. (If you have not used paypal before, know that it is a secure payment system that is used by ebay and other large scale transaction centers for purchases, as well as for what we are doing.) Chip In! was recommended by you all as the best way to donate to individuals. As their needs evolve, we will evaluate this system.

Any remaining funds that are left after this unexpected change of plans will be donated to charity (likely the Children's Cancer Fund of Dallas, which is what Clare was doing the Ironman to raise funds for initially). Thank you very much for supporting my nearest and dearest.