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					               Teb’s Troops Marathon/Half-Marathon Program Information Sheet


Introduction

Each athlete raises funds to support Teb’s Troops mission to support the treatment, prevention
and research of melanoma.

Included in this packet you will find a fund-raising letter that will help you meet your goals.

Who do I contact if I am interested in participating in this program?

You should contact Sarah Fischer, at sarah@tebstroops.org.

What am I committing to do?

       Every marathon runner/walker commits to raising $1000.
       Every half-marathon runner/walker commits to raising $500.
       Every marathon relay team commits to raising $2000 (team of 4).

What will I receive for fulfilling my commitment?

       Each Runner/Walker will receive one white dry-fit tank with Teb’s Troops logo for their
        training and race day, one Teb’s Troops bracelet, and recognition on Teb’s Troops
        website.
       A marathon relay team will receive four white dry-fit tanks with Teb’s Troops logo for
        their training and race day, four Teb’s Troops bracelets, and recognition on Teb’s Troops
        website.
       You will receive these items upon meeting your monetary commitment to Teb’s Troops.

How do I raise money?

For most of us asking for money is scary. But remember, you are not asking for yourself. You
are asking for all those affected by melanoma, who will benefit from your strength and
commitment to defeat this disease.

Now, time to start raising money. Ask! We have included a template letter for you to customize
which will help in your fundraising. Tell your story of hope. Show your passion and
enthusiasms for the cause – your spirit will be infectious!

Don’t be shy. Ask everyone you know. Even those that you haven’t spoken to in a while,
including old high school and college friends, and former teachers.

We have also included a sample fundraising letter and donation form for your use.

Good luck!
Where do I send donations?

Checks should be sent either by the runner/walker, or the runner/walker should be noted on the
check.

Please send checks to:

Teb’s Troops, Inc.

5859 N. Winthrop, Unit 3

Chicago, Illinois 60660

Who do I contact if I have other questions?

Please contact Sarah Fischer at sarah@tebstroops.org.
Sample Fundraising Letter

[Date]

Dear [insert name]:

This year on [insert date], I have decided to take on a very special commitment. A commitment
not only to myself, but to so many others beyond myself. Over the next [insert weeks/months] I
will train to [run/walk] [26.2/13.1] miles in the [name of marathon/half-marathon]. This event
will be so much more than “just a race” – it will be raising money for Teb’s Troops, an
organization committed to supporting the treatment, prevention, and research of melanoma
through the Melanoma Research Foundation and CancerCare.

My commitment starts now. Over the next several [weeks/months] I will spend many hours in
training and helping to spread the word about melanoma awareness. I have also committed to
raise [insert dollar amount] to participate as a Teb’s Troops [marathon/half-marathon]
[runner/walker]. However, I have set a personal goal of [insert dollar].

Now, I am asking you to make a commitment too. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible
donation to help me achieve this goal. I will be doing all the [running/walking]...all you need to
do is send in the enclosed donation form with your donation. I have even included an addressed
envelope! Consider foregoing one evening out and spending the money on a cause that will
affect someone you love or know in your lifetime.

This is a very important event for me. [Insert personal story or inspiration for running/walking]. I
am walking in their [honor/memory].

You may know someone who has been affected by melanoma and I would be proud to [run/walk]
in their honor as well.

Melanoma is the most deadly, least treatable of all skin cancers, accounting for most skin cancer
related deaths. The number of new cases of melanoma is increasing at an alarming rate; indeed,
incidents of melanoma are rising faster than any other cancer. If caught in its early stages,
melanoma is almost always curable. However, if left untreated (or unnoticed), melanoma can
metastasize rapidly to other parts of the body. Once the melanoma has metastasized, the situation
is grave. At present, there is no therapy available that consistently treats late stages of melanoma
successfully.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I hope that you will share in this incredible
adventure with me. Please call me or e-mail me if you have any questions or just want to talk.

Sincerely,
Teb’s Troops Marathon/Half-Marathon Program Donation Form


Donor Name:_______________________________________________________

Address:___________________________________________________________

Phone Number:_____________________________________________________

E-mail Address:_____________________________________________________

Runner/Walker Name:________________________________________________

Amount Enclosed:____________________________________________________



Important Details:

Completed forms and checks should be sent to the runner/walker.

Checks should be made payable to “Teb’s Troops, Inc.”


Thank you for joining the fight against cancer!!

				
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