The power of story
From the first time you skipped through the woods with Little Red Riding Hood or climbed that beanstalk with Jack, you were experiencing the power of story. Using this force you can travel far beyond the realms of trains, planes or automobiles and there are no worries about today's price at the pump. A story can transport you to far off galaxies, or the Old West. Hunting submarines or whales. Stowing away on a pirate ship, or across the River Styx.
The writer's imagination packs the story with tremendous force. Like a stick of dynamite, however, a book is inert until the reader lights the fuse and releases the energy within.
Now imagine hundreds of readers and writers coming together to harness the power of story. This is the concept behind the Unleash Your Story: Make a Difference write-a-thon/read-a-thon. With many readers and writers each doing a little, we can make a big difference.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. and 70,000 worldwide. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. This same mucus obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. To combat these issues people with CF depend on many drugs and supplements to survive.
Each Unleash Your Story participant sets a reading or writing goal and asks friends, family and fans to donate to CFF in support of their goal. It's sort of like a walk-a-thon, except there is no knocking on doors or wearing out sneakers. Instead you sit in your favorite reading or writing spot and crank out the pages!
Last year Unleash Your Story raised over $11,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our goal this year is to more than double that amount to $23,000. With your help we can reach this goal!
When: August 31-September 28. Registration starts in early August.
How to participate: 1) Register; 2) set a reading or writing goal; 3) set a fundraising goal; 4) form a team or work as an individual; 5) contact friends, relatives and fans and ask them to donate in support of your goal. All donations go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and are tax deductible. No need for you to worry about collecting donations.