AS I SEE IT 4/18: More on helping a PWBTS writer...
AS I SEE IT
As I indicated last week, readers may know Peter Staniforth; from his writing on the PWBTS website, as well as his own PSwrestling.net website.
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
Here's the story of Peter's fiancée, Christina Coles, who seeks to participate in the UK's "Weekend to Breakthrough Breast Cancer":
"On 23-25 September 2005 I'll be participating in a very special event called The Weekend to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I'll walk 60 kilometres (35 miles) over the course of one weekend with thousands of other women and men. All proceeds will support breast cancer research and education at Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
The minimum sum I have to raise is £1,500 [EDITOR'S NOTE about $2,820 American] before I can participate in the walk itself. So I need your help.
Would you please consider making a donation to this good cause? Use the link at the bottom of this email, and visit my site - and please take the time to support me. Also I have donation forms on my web page please feel free to print some off and pass around to your friends. If you have difficulty in paying via my web page, please let me know and I will sort out a Paypal arrangement. Please keep in mind how far I'm walking - and how hard I'll have to train.
According to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, one in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That's why I'm walking so far. To do something bold about breast cancer. I hope that you'll share this incredible adventure with me - by supporting me in my fundraising efforts.
The website link is found here.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!"
All proceeds from Chrissie, as well as others of The Weekend to Breakthrough Breast Cancer will help fund the critical work of "Breakthrough Breast Cancer", the leading UK charity involved in fighting breast cancer through research and education. The charity established the UK’s first dedicated breast cancer research center, which seeks to end breast cancer by research, prevention, and new treatments.
I'd like to see PWBTS.com readers, as well as those reading my column on the many other sites want to support this effort by the fiancée of one of my writers, as I have a family member and a friend who had breast cancer scares over the last year.
So the concern about breast cancer is personal to me, as well as my desire to help out the fiancée of one of my writers.
For those who don't think it's personal to you, the Imaginis website lists the following statistics:
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today (after lung cancer) and is the most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year worldwide.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2004, approximately 215,990 women in the United States will be diagnosed invasive breast cancer (Stages I-IV). Another 59,390 women will be diagnosed with early forms of breast cancer.
So indeed, the odds are that the issue IS personal to you, whether or not you realize it.
Donations can be made to Christina's efforts to participate in the UK's Weekend to Breakthrough Breast Cancer in the following categories: Honorary Walker (£1,000), Hero (£750), Inspiration (£500), Hope (£250), Supporter (£150), Friend (any amount...which I assume most readers will use)
Please note, when donating, that the amount will have to be recorded in Great Britain Pounds (for example £15.00, noting that one GB pound equals approximately $1.87). To help you understand how much you're donating more easily, go to this website that converts various currencies to their equivalent currency in your country.
Those readers in the UK can also use Gift Aid and increase the worth of their donations. For every pound donated, Breakthrough Breast Cancer gets an extra 28 pence from the Inland Revenue.
Now she's having trouble getting enough people to respond to this charity drive (notable exception the folks over at Wrasslinforum.com). I can't imagine the readers of this column are THAT unconcerned. Nearly every reader of this column has (or had) a sister...or a mother...or a girlfriend...or a wife...or a female friend touched by or threatened by breast cancer...a lot more of you than you think.
I'd like to see PWBTS.com readers, as well as those reading my column on the many other sites take the time to support this effort by the fiancée of one of my writers. The interest is also personal, as I have a family member and a friend who had breast cancer scares over the 18 months.
Please give this some thought, and donate as much as you can.
Further, if there are wrestling promotions, workers, or promoters who would like to assist in this process by donating items that Christina can use to raise funds, please e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Peter at PeterStaniforth@aol.com.
The first wrestling promotion to help, the UK's UCW, will do a benefit wrestling show for Ms. Coles's efforts on June 16. I know a decent number of promoters read this column, so let's see if some of the rest of you can help out in that regard.
Until next time...
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