A word to our family teams…

Dear Family Teams,

I am very excited to announce that we have had a number of new family teams register in the last two weeks.  Welcome to:

  • Alissa’s Troopers
  • Buzz’s Sweet Heat
  • JDRF Interns
  • The H-Team
  • the LANE to a Cure
  • The Lucky Charms
  • Michael’s Musketeers
  • Randy’s Racers
  • Soulier Team

Thank you so much for your registration!  And, for those of you who have not yet registered, please do so ASAP!  We are closing in on two months to walk day, and, the sooner you get your team organized, the more successful you will be.

Second, I would like to encourage you to start thinking about, and then drafting, your Family Team Fundraising Letter.  The Family Team Fundraising Letter is the best tool that you have to reach your fundraising goals.  People will donate to you because you ask them to.  Share your story.  Tell your contacts why you support the JDRF and what it means to you.  Let them know how much you value their support.  It’s a critical part of your fundraising success.  So do give it some thought.  The JDRF website has lots of sample letters for you to use as a start.

If you are like me, you may frequently find yourself overwhelmed by all of the things on your to-do list.  Sometimes it can be so overwhelming that it is almost paralyzing.  When this happens to me, I make a list and then tackle the easiest thing first.  As I begin to check things off, I gain momentum and, before I know it, my list has become manageable again.

I know that, for families with young children, this is an especially busy time of year.  Most all of you also have loved ones with diabetes and we all know too well how time-consuming diabetes management can be.  Given these challenges, I would encourage you to take the steps necessary to creating a successful family team in small increments.  Create a to-do list.  Check things off.  That way, you can reach your goals without getting overwhelmed.

Do the same with your Family Team Fundraising Letter.  Jot down notes about what you would like to say when you are in the carpool line or stuck in traffic.  Enter voice memos into your I-phone when you wait in line.  Consider who in your family should author the letter.  It does not always have to be written by the mother or the father.  It can come from a sibling, or from the child with diabetes, or an aunt, or grandparent.  Each person in the family experiences diabetes uniquely and each can lend a different perspective to life with diabetes.  Having the team letter come from a person other than the person who typically authors it can touch people on your mailing list differently and may motivate a new person to give.

So, let’s start working on those Family Team Fundraising Letters and getting them out to our friends and family.  You will feel so much better once you have done it!  Thank you for all of your hard work on behalf of those living with T1D!

Gwyn Brown Batson
Family Teams Chair
2013 Baton Rouge Walk to Cure Diabetes