I’m thrilled to be a part of the inaugural Over The Edge event benefiting Give Kids The World Village. When it’s over, I’ll have a fantastic story to tell — 32 stories, to be exact.
On February 9, 2018, I’ll be rappelling down the side of the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Together with other daredevils, I’ll descend 428 feet to help make dreams come true for the precious children we serve.
It may sound crazy, but it’s nothing compared to the challenges our children face on a daily basis. Their lives are consumed by hospital stays, doctor visits, and medical procedures. They miss out on school activities, sports, and time with friends.....everything synonymous with a "normal" childhood.
For one magical week, Give Kids The World helps these children just be kids again, enjoying everything from life's simplest pleasures to the stuff dreams are made of. Since 1986 we have served over 157,000 children and their families from all around the world. With your continued love and support we will be able to fulfill our promise never to turn down a child whose one wish is to experience all the magic Central Florida has to offer.
I can't think of a better reason to go "Over The Edge!"
However, I need your help in raising, and hopefully exceeding, my updated goal of $1,750. To make a donation of $5, $10, $20 or $50 (or any amount), simply click the big green "Donate Now" button. If you have any questions, or better yet - advice, please let me know.
Thank you very much for your support...and your prayers!
My Personal Web Log
I increased my goal today.
Today I increased my goal to $1,750. Here's why... I was walking into work today and I met a family who was staying at Give Kids The World Village. They just finished horseback riding and the wish child was telling me how much fun it was to get on a horse. She told me that she has never even seen a horse up close, let alone ride on one. When I thought about how special that moment must have been for her, I was deeply moved that I was involved in some part, however small, in making that moment happen. I decided at that very moment that I wanted to raise even more for my upcoming rappel so I increased my goal to $1,750. Not for me, but for every kid who deserves to forget about tubes, tests, doctor visits and pain...and just be a kid on a horse having the time of her life!
Please help me reach my new goal. Any gift you give however large or small will help make dreams come true and that's the best reason of all.
by Mark Reed on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 7:45 AM
I'm at 81% of my goal
I'm at 81% of my goal. Any help to send me over my goal would be greatly appreciated.
by Mark Reed on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 3:49 PM
A month to go
In just one short month I will be rappelling down the side of the Hyatt Regency Orlando to support Give Kids The World. I'm currently at 59% of my goal so I still need help. If you can give $10, $20 or $50 that would be awesome. Please help so we can provide the vacation of a lifetime for some very special children with critical illnesses and their family.
by Mark Reed on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 @ 9:51 AM
42 days and counting
42 days and counting until I go Over The Edge for Give Kids The World. As of today, I've raised $440 but I still have a long way to go to reach my goal. Won't you consider a gift today? It will go a long way to making a child's wish come true and give them a week of a lifetime to forget about the tubs, tests, doctor visits and hospital stays and just be a kid.
Give Kids The World is a top-rated charity where nearly 92 cents out of each dollar raised goes directly to the program. However, it takes over $17 million dollars a year to operate so we need donations.
Please help if you can. You won't regret it and it will be one of the best investments you can ever make.
by Mark Reed, Sr on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 @ 10:27 AM