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Top Fundraiser Shares Secret to Success

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This summer’s walks kick off on Saturday, June 24 in Madison and we couldn’t be more excited for this year’s top notch crew of walkers and fundraisers! We reached out to Gary Sylvan, one of our top fundraisers participating in the Highland Park, IL walk, to find out his secret for fundraising success. We found it inspirational how achievable the activities are that brought him so much success – he alone has raised nearly $10,000 for scleroderma research and support! Read on to learn how he does it!

SF: Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Gary! What motivates you to be a top fundraiser?

GS: My motivation is multi-oriented. Scleroderma is a terrible disease with no known cure. I want to see a cure that works for those inflicted. Too many are stricken with this disease at an early age. One of those is my daughter. It tears at me to see her struggle through daily tasks, work, and her family (including 3 lovely little girls). Raising money is a way to fund research which will, hopefully, find a cure.

I am a competitive person, and raising funds is part of my DNA. I want to compete to motivate others to raise funds, to see who can come out on top. Money is key to research.

I hope to be the top fundraiser, and that my team – Team Lisa Joy – will be a top team. But if that doesn’t happen, it means someone else did a better job, and  the end result is more funds for scleroderma research and support.

SF: What do you attribute your fundraising success to?

GS: My fundraising success is based upon approaching it in an organized manner. I have a list of donors that I keep on my computer, and I update it for every donation. After receiving a donation, I send out a thank you email. I also attempt to think of new donors, including personal vendors and people with whom I do business (e.g. insurance agents, auto dealers) knowing there will be attrition in my donor list. I start my fundraising early, and prepare an email to prospective donors that explains the event and the need for funds. As time grows near, I regularly email those who have not donated.

SF: What’s your #1 tip for other fundraisers?

GS: My #1 tip is to stick to it! Be intent on making the fundraising effort a priority.

SF: What inspires you to stay involved?

I’m inspired to stay involved because I WANT to see a cure! We NEED to see a cure!

Thank you to Gary and all our walk participants and fundraisers! We’re walking for the cure and together, we believe it’s within reach. If you’d like to see a schedule of our upcoming walks and other fundraising events and get involved, visit www.SclerodermaEvents.org

Scleroderma walk season is upon us!

Looking for a fun way to keep active this summer and enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors? It’s walk season! Come participate in a Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk and help raise money to find a cure!

Our online fundraising tools make it easy to set a fundraising goal, personalize your fundraising page, contact family and friends, and track your progress. Get started today by registering for a walk near you! If you can’t attend, you can still register and help raise money online.

Listed below are the upcoming scleroderma walks and links to register for the event. The more the merrier- so bring your friends and family too!

Walk Schedule:

Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma- Springfield, IL
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma- Highland Park, IL
Sunday June 28, 2015

Reason to Rock Fun Walk and 50s Fest- Geneva, IL
Sunday, July 26, 2015

A note from the walk coordinator, Marcia Warren: We’re excited about our 2nd Annual Reason to Rock walk on Sunday, July 26, at the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (home of the Kane County Cougars) in Geneva, IL.  The event has a 50’s theme and starts out with a walk around the track, and then music, food, fun and a classic car show.  We had a great turnout last year and hope you will join us this year to help support the fight against Scleroderma!

Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma- Germantown, WI
Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma- Dixon, IL
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma- Highland, IN
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Put on those walking shoes and we hope to see you out there!