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Donation Update – Running for a Cure!

My first month with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training has been hectic. Being in the Real Estate Business gave me one big advantage over some of my other teammates. Since being a Realtor involves a fair amount of marketing I already had systems in place to deal with mass mailings. The first week I spent composing a letter and printing my initial mailing to 150 friends and past clients. Concurrently I submitted a press release to a few local newspapers and both acted fast in publishing the news about my fundraising effort.Donations Progress - First Month

Since I am so heavily involved in on-line activities I was surprised by the reluctance of some people to contribute using a credit card on the secure donation site but learned during my second week at the TNT fund-raiser workshop that we should include a return envelope in our mailing. My second batch of letters went out to 150 relatives, neighbors and acquaintances along with a return envelope but the response rate was not substantially different. So far it looks good for reaching my Goal by April 1…

With all this fund-raising activity and the rainiest February on record I have managed to run 100 miles since joining the team. I also finally learned how to produce a YouTube show. Hope this inspires donations!

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Please help by making a tax-deductible donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A secure web-site accepts credit card contributions or you can email for postal mailing instructions if you’d prefer to send a check.


Dan Cummings Team in Training Update

Dan Cummings in The Guilford CourierValentine’s Day marks the four week point since I joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in tnt-logo.jpgtnt-logo.jpgTraining. The majority of my free time has been consumed with fund-raising efforts.Dan Cummings - Team in Training Logo Fortunately my Real Estate background has given me an edge to jump start my fund-raising.

Initially my thought was to use on-line marketing to minimize my expenses so I emailed around 50 contacts and included a direct link to my TNT Contribution Site. Surprisingly a few people responded that they would send a check and were reluctant to use the on-line site for their donation.

My next project was to send a press release to a few of the local newspapers and write a fund-raising letter to be sent to my list of contacts. This is where my real estate experience really helped because I already had a good contact list of friends, family and business associates that contained about 250 names. The donation rate of about 10% of my contacts was discouraging but I’m expecting more to contribute as I send a second or third reminder.

My press release was given quick attention by both newspapers and was published in the North Haven Advisor and The Guilford Courier on February 7, 2008.

Dan Cummings in The Guilford Courier

At this stage raising money requires more time than running my training miles. That will shift in the next few months so I hope to have my fund-raising complete by April 1, 2008. Please visit the secure web site to make a tax-deductible DONATION. Contributions can also be made by cash, check or money order payable to : The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society mailed to my office.

Dan Cummings – William Raveis Real Estate

21 Whitfield Street – Guilford, CT 06437

Thanks in advance for your support and check back soon for updates. I will try to make an entry ever few weeks.

Running to Raise Money for Research

On January 1st when I sat in my office waiting to run the Frosty 5k in Guilford my running goal for the year was not clearly defined. One of the first pieces of mail I received in 2008 was from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society inviting me to learn more about their Team in Training. After less than an hour at the informational session my direction was decided.Dan Cummings Running Realtor

The decision was to run against the crowd in my milestone birth year, shortly after turning 50 when most men are slowing down I will be running 26.2 miles with TNT in San Diego’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

In addition to building my strength to compete in a marathon which Lance Armstrong described as “without a doubt the hardest physical thing I have ever done.” I have committed to raising money for the Leukemia Society.

My goal is to raise $5000. Every donation regardless of size puts me a little closer to achieving success and encourages me to continue running the many many miles of training required to reach the finish line. CONTRIBUTIONS of any amount are being accepted now!

bttn_donate_over1.gifPlease make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Society’s mission to find a cure. Unfortunately, the reality is that every 5 minutes someone is diagnosed and every 10 minutes one person dies from a blood cancer but with generous support research is close enough that many of these diseases may be treatable within 10 years.

Contact Dan Cummings – The Running Realtor via email to if you would prefer to send a check for your tax deductible contribution to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


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