Thanks To Everyone Who Contributed To RA Guy’s Birthday Wish!

At the beginning of this month, I shared Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy’s Birthday Wish: with the help of Cathy Kramer and Lene Anderson, I want to turn Show Us Your Hands! into an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the end of 2012!

In order to do so, however, we needed to raise a significant amount of money to cover all of the various start-up costs: $2,000, to be exact.

As a way of celebrating my birthday and my blog’s birthday, both of which took place during the month of April, I asked people if they could please contribute to the Show Us Your Hands! start-up fund.

I’m pleased to announce that we reached our goal! I have previously thanked all of the contributors privately, but I would now like to publicly thank these people (listed below) for their generous contributions. To everyone who contributed, thank you! You contributions have firmly put us on the path towards achieving our goal of turning this community collage project into a nonprofit organization!

Show Us Your Hands! Start-Up Fund Contributors
Sponsors ($250 Donation) Friends ($100 Donation) Supporters ($10-99 Donation)
Kim ABCSofRA
Anonymous
Brenda Kleinsasser
Carmen Gonzalez
Don Walls
Ginny
Irwin Lim
Jenny Church Wise
Karen Fairbanks
Nancy
Rena Jones
Ambra D. Weidenbener
Anonymous
AutoCommunity
David Waugh
Deborah
Hay Wire
Jennifer Dye Visscher
Jessica Chapman
Jocelyn Phillips
Jodi McKee
Katie Walsh
Kelly RH
Marcia GB
Melissa Hinojosa-Zamora
Nan Hart
Sandra Mirisciotta
Wren

I would also like to thank everyone who has participated in any one of the many Show Us Your Hands! inflammatory arthritis community collage projects. Without your support and your help, our awareness projects would not have been possible!

Over the past few months, Cathy, Lene, and I—in addition to dozens of other project participants and hundreds of people who have submitted photos of their hands—have been hard at work. In April, the Show Us Your Hands! interactive community collage grew to more than a thousand hands. And this coming May, we look forward to releasing both a 1,000 Hands Poster and a Photo Book, in celebration of Arthritis Awareness Month in the United States.

It’s been an honor to work with the wonderfully supportive inflammatory arthritis community that continues to grow and connect online. Together, we have accomplished quite a bit during the past few months. I can only dream about how much more we will be able to do in the coming years!

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

Show Us Your Hands! in an international awareness movement which serves to unite and inspire the inflammatory arthritis community.

For more information, please visit www.showusyourhands.org.

3 Comments
3 comments
  1. Deb aka abcsofra says:

    Congratulations on getting your birthday wish :-) I have no doubt this organization will make a difference to the many of us out there living with these autoimmune illnesses.

  2. KellyRH says:

    Congratulation!! So happy that you made it to your goal and that your birthday wish has come true!!! Thanks for all you do in raising awareness regarding RA and hope in those of us living with it!

  3. Rena Jones says:

    Congratulations! I am so glad that you made your goal and got you birthday wish. I have no dought that you, Cathy and Lene will make this organization a powerhouse for all of us with autoimmune dieseases. Thank you for doing all this work for all of us. You, Cathy and Lene are such wonderful inspirational people. You all make me very, very proud. I can’t wait to see what’s next!!! :)

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