Thursday, September 4, 2008


Dear Friends,

I am very proud to announce that today, September 4th, marks the successful conclusion to my Nosmokeathon! It has been 185 days without a cigarette and I am very happy to have achieved my goal. Although I know that this is not the end of my fight with this addiction, I feel that I am well on my way to being a non-smoker for the rest of my life. And it feels great!

Your support made a huge impact on the success of the Nosmokeathon. You helped motivate me to kick this deadly habit and together we raised a lot of money for two worthy organizations, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) and the American Cancer Society (ACS). I am truly grateful for your support.

Because I want to give both organizations an equal amount of money, I am asking my sponsors to split their total donation in half and write two checks. For example, I pledged $1.00 per day for a total donation of $185.00. I will write two checks for $92.50, one made out to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the other to American Cancer Society. However, if anyone would like their entire donation to go to one of the organizations, that is perfectly fine too. In that case they will write one check for their total donation to the organization they choose. I will still make sure both groups get an equal amount of money overall. The checks will be mailed to me so that I can present them all together to PanCAN and the ACS.

I do not currently have a total for the amount of money raised overall through the Nosmokeathon. When all the checks are in, I will get a tally and I will reveal the grand total on this blog. Please continue to check the blog over the next few weeks for this update plus any other news or details that may arise.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments for me. I can be reached by email at

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE LOVE AND SUPPORT! Whether it was a monetary donation or words of inspiration and encouragement along the way, I could not have done this without you.