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)|
Jenny Church Wise
|Ambra D. Weidenbener
Jennifer Dye Visscher
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.