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F.A.S.T. Fifty and Still Trackin’

F.A.S.T. – Fifty And Still Trackin’ is taking Falls for The Balls and skydiving to support the Testicular Cancer Society

FAST 50 Skydivers (Click to enlarge)

In December, 50 skydivers, all over the age of 50, gathered in Zephyrhills, Florida at the Skydive City Drop Zone to make a difference by taking some Falls for The Balls. They built a incredible 50-person formation during their freefall and raised over $4800 in support of the Testicular Cancer Society.

F.A.S.T. or Fifty And Still Tracking is an organization for skydivers over 50 years of age who still love the sport and skydive their butts off!!! Who love formations, sequential, and all new innovations of the sport. Check out their Facebook Page at FAST 50 Fifty And Still Trackin

 

Fast 50 Skydiving Formation

FAST 50 Formation (click to enlarge)

After their awesome formation they held a dinner and auctioned off the first 50 membership numbers. Their enthusiasm and generosity raised over $4800 for the Testicular Cancer Society and that is just the beginning. They are continuing to support the TCS by adding new members and with t-shirt and patch sales.

 

You can become a F.A.S.T. member if you were 50 years of age at the time of being in a 10-way or larger formation. By going to the F.A.S.T. Facebook page qualified jumpers can email a photo with their slot marked, date of birth and date of photo to become a member. As membership in the FAST Organization is for charity they request that a check for $10 (or more if so inclined) made out to the “Testicular Cancer Society” also be included in order to gain membership. Also, see their page for the t-shirts and patches.

 

We would like to congratulate the original organizers of the F.A.S.T. 50-way on an awesome accomplishment and also thank them for the largest single-day donation in TCS history. They have shown that no matter what it is that you love to do you can do it and make a huge difference at the same time. Thank you so much for your generosity, support and enthusiasm. We look forward to many more Falls for The Balls!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Donating Airline Miles with the TestiFLY Program

Are you a Traveling Warrior? A Man of the Miles? A Lady of the Landings?

Do you have so many airlines miles that you could never end up using them all?

In short, you can help the Testicular Cancer Society get to where we need to be by donating your miles and enjoying a tax-deduction at the same time. Simply contact us and we will add you to our list. The next time we need to book a flight to a conference or speaking engagement we will simply send you an email to see if your offer still stands.

 

Here is how our TestiFLY Program works. We will use Delta Airlines as an example.

 

Airlines allow you to donate your unused miles to charity. Unfortunately, the airlines choose which charities are eligible to receive your donations. We think this is unfair.

 

Airlines also allow you to transfer your miles to another frequent flyer member but they charge you. Delta Airlines charges $0.01 per mile and a transaction fee. Thus, to transfer 30,000 miles to a member of the Testicular Cancer Society so that they can book a flight it will cost $300 to transfer the miles plus a $30 transaction fee. We think this is too expensive.

 

Now here is how the TestiFLY Program works. You simply contact the Testicular Cancer Society and let us know that you are interested in our TestiFLY Program and with which airline you have miles. When a member of the Testicular Cancer Society needs to book a flight to a conference, speaking engagement or awareness event, we will email you to see if your offer to help still stands. If it does, we simply give you our member’s information and flight details and ask that you book the flight via the airlines using your frequent flyer miles. It is that simple. We think this works.

 

Airlines allow you to use your frequent flyer miles to book flights even if you are not the person traveling. Thus, your miles can be used to book a flight for one of our members and ultimately benefit the Testicular Cancer Society. Now, you may want to consult a tax expert but since the miles do have a monetary value, easily estimated at $0.01/mile, by booking a flight you have made a donation in kind to the Testicular Cancer Society and that value should be tax deductible since we are a 501(c)3 organization.

 

Help us to keep educating men about testicular cancer by Joining our TestiFLY Program.

 

 

GiveForward and Fundraising for Testicular Cancer Patients

When facing off against testicular cancer one thing that may come across your mind are the financial difficulties associated with the battle. Questions start to build up. Am I going to be able to work? How am I going to pay for treatments? Am I going to be able to pay my other bills? How can I get help?

Our first suggestion to help with the financial struggles is to set up a page on GiveForward. GiveForward provides free fundraising pages that empower friends and family to raise money for loved ones’ medical expenses. The website has helped thousands of families to raise millions of dollars for things like chemotherapy, organ transplant and travel expenses.

To give you more insight into GiveForward we asked friend and GiveForward Co-Founder Ethan Austin if he could share a few words with us about their services.

Mike asked me to write a post about why setting up a GiveForward fundraising page for a friend or for yourself is a good idea.  Here are three good reasons!

Money: Each year cancer patients spend over $25 billion to pay for out-of-pocket costs like travel expenses and co-pays not covered by insurance.  The reality is that no matter how wealthy a person is or how good his insurance plan is, everyone can always use a little extra money when facing cancer.

Hope: We hear all the time from users that as important as the financial support is, the words of encouragment from friends and family is sometimes even more important. [note, click on the “donors” tab in the link above to see the words of encouragement].

Empowerment: Friends and family want to help, but most of the time they feel helpless if they don’t live near the person battling cancer.  By setting up a GiveForward page for a friend or for yourself you empower friends and family to actively participate in the recovery of someone they love.

Hope this helps!  If you have any questions feel free to email me.

Keep in mind that GiveForward isn’t just for cancer fighters but rather for anyone that needs some help with fundraising. Many times people will set up an account at a local bank to accept donations but these banks don’t accept credit/debit card transactions and many people just won’t take the time to write a check and mail it. GiveForward not only accepts debit/credit card donations but also the link to your fundraising page can easily be sent via email or posted on websites.

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