The Great Giveaway

August 15, 2017

The Great Giveaway. Donations from 18 brands. 1 grand prize with a total value of up to $6,965. 1 winner. And all you have to do to enter is submit your email.

Do we have your attention? We hope so! The Great Giveaway is much more than just an incredible grand prize - it's a giveaway meant to inspire giving. Sally and I feel extremely passionate about supporting ALS and the charitable organizations that help fund research for the disease. This year we have created a fundraising team with #whatwouldyougive - a national campaign that builds awareness for ALS and helps raise funds for desperately needed research. Our desire to help the thousands of people afflicted with ALS runs so deep that we want to do MORE than just spread the word about donating to #whatwouldyougive...we want to leverage our readership and social media following by encouraging people to contribute and donate along side us.

What we know is that no matter how worthy the cause, getting people to donate by begging or “just because” isn’t enough. Our hope is that in telling you about our friend Sarah Coglianese and giving you the chance to win The Great Giveaway will be enough to inspire you to be generous - to donate to a severely underfunded cause that can change the lives of those diagnosed and living with the horrific disease that is ALS.

 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. And while every case is different, the disease attacks certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep our muscles moving. As the disease progresses, muscles become paralyzed. People with the disease often lose the ability to walk, move their arms, use their hands, speak, and so much more.

Here’s what you need to know about the lovely Sarah Coglianese: Sally met Sarah almost exactly two years ago when her daughter Scarlett was in Sally’s class in San Francisco. At that point Sarah had been living with ALS for three years – since Scarlett was just under two years old. As her daughter was learning to walk, Sarah was losing that very same ability…at the age of 33. Fast forward to 2017, Sarah has now been living with the disease for 5+ years; and with an average life expectancy of just 2-5 years for most ALS patients, Sarah has already beaten the odds. And she continues to do so as she courageously fights the disease that has taken so much from her and her family. This video shares even more of Sarah’s story.

Since meeting Scarlett and Sarah, Sally has been amazed and inspired by their strength, positivity, and the incredible empathy she witnessed in Scarlett each day in the classroom. We have both been following Sarah’s journey through her blog Speed 4 Sarah and as the #whatwouldyougive challenge and fundraiser was approaching, we knew that we wanted to use this blog to help, however we could.

Every 90 minutes another person is diagnosed with ALS. The good news is that the ALS Therapy Development Institute (TDI) is getting SO MUCH CLOSER to developing drugs that can end ALS or at the very least, slow down the progression of the muscular deterioration and extend the lives of those diagnosed.  ALS is not an incurable disease. It is an underfunded one.

Our initial thought was to run a giveaway where an entry would only count with a donation to #whatwouldyougive. After working with a great legal team on the logistics and laws surrounding sweepstakes, we’ve determined that this wouldn’t be an option. Because we are not a nonproffitt organization, having monetary donations count towards a giveaway entry is considered a raffle or lottery – both of which are illegal in Texas (and several other states). Learning this news was a bummer. We worried that our main goal of securing donations for ALS wasn’t going to be possible with a giveaway. But we believe in the goodness of people – in the generosity of others. We hope that in sharing Sarah’s story and our passion for ALS funding, along with giving you the opportunity to win The Great Giveaway, is enough incentive to ask you to please (please, please, please) make a donation to #whatwouldyougive.

While a donation will not increase your chances of winning (entry for The Great Giveaway will only be counted by entering your email in the Rafflecopter widget below) it will make a difference. Give a little, or give a lot. Maybe donate what you spend on your morning coffee, or your daily lunch. Maybe contribute the same amount you spent on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank. Enter to win The Great Giveaway – cross your fingers and your toes and tell all your friends to enter – then donate right here and we’ll be your best friends for life. It might be the quickest online transition you’ve done in a while and we guarantee you’ll feel amazing afterwards. We will also be matching our personal fundraising group’s final dollar amount of donations up to $2,500. So make sure you’re donating to our team page.

The Great Giveaway would be NOTHING without the support of some of our most beloved friends. Their generous, thoughtful, and loving donations have us speechless. And together, they make for one seriously incredibly grand prize. Listed alphabetically:

Giveaway starts today (August 15, 2017) and ends in one month (September 15, 2017). The winner will be selected at random and contacted on September 16, 2017. Entries are only valid via the Rafflecopter widget below. Must live in the United States to win. Spread the word. Be generous. And GOOD LUCK!

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Image via K is for Kani
  1. SUCH A GREAT CAUSE – THANKS SO MUCH FOR RAISING FUNDS AND AWARENESS! AMAZING BRANDS TOO.
    LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    XO
    AMANDA

  2. Thank you for sharing her story and bringing awareness to this disease. What a great thing you two are doing! Xo

  3. Thanks so much for bringing light to this disease! what a great cause, and showcasing great products at the same time!

  4. What a wonderful blog! I have followed sarah for years, and this is an amazing tribute to her. I only wish a cure could be found in her lifetime…one that would heal the nerves in her body. Thank you for all you are doing for sarah and alstdi. Wishing you two beautiful sisters a lifetime of good health!❤️

  5. Hi Ladies.
    One of my girlfriend’s dad passed away from this horrible disease so i am unfortunately aware of the pain it causes to those suffering, as well as their families and friends.
    Thank you for bringing awareness to this disease.

  6. Thank you for bringing awareness to the need for more als research funding and encouraging giving by setting a wonderful example to follow.

  7. A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND RECENTLY LOST HIS FIGHT AGAINST ALS. WHAT A HORRIBLE DISEASE. THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS.

  8. Sally and molly, kudos. what a sweet story and giveaway. watched the video and cried. amazing lady. thank you for sharing. – julie

  9. What an amazing post. although I have no personal experience with als, watching the youtube video linked here was absolutely touching. you both should be so proud for using your public platform for such a great cause. and ps…this might be the best giveaway i have ever (EVER!) come across. Good job, girls!

  10. This is amazing! I volunteer for an ALS foundation and love that you are raising awareness.

    xo MK

  11. What an epic giveway! Can only imagine all the work that went into working with brands to secure donations. Great work! Just donated- looks like you two are close to your goal. Hopefully you will exceed it. xx

  12. my mother-in-law fought als for over five years, and i commend you guys for using your platform to help fund research for this terrible, terrible disease.

  13. Just watched the youtube video about Sarah & her beautuful family. The part where she says her daUghter asks why is sHe weak aNd why can’t her mom pick her up brought Tears to my eYes because thats something many of us probably take for granted. God bless her & her family.

  14. I lost my mother-in-law and brother-in-law to ALS. I commend your efforts. it’s a terrible disease.

  15. Such a great organization to donate to. Kudos to A piece of toast for supporting research To find a cure for Als. You girls rock!

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