I have to balance the books, but so far we are looking at about $700 in ticket revenue, with a little more "in process", and a little more yet that needs to be billed. This puts us a bit behind schedule, but not terribly. I'm rather hoping that the pace will pick up soon; I believe a couple key events will help with that.
These fundraisers are important. They are important to the people who hold them: they give us a reason, something to channel our commitment, energy, and focus into; and they are important to the entire MPN Community. As William Crowley, Directory of Development for the MPN Research Foundation puts it:
"When you join Team MPN and hold a fundraiser for the MPN Research Foundation, you play a key role in improving the lives of the nearly 300,000 people who suffer with an MPN. Events like “Blades Against Myelofibrosis: 2017” will help fund original research in pursuit of new treatments and eventually a cure for polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and myelofibrosis, known collectively as myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN). You give hope and promise of future breakthroughs that will improve the lives of those living with an MPN."
That certainly lends a nice perspective to my work on this project. To give hope and promise to a community of people who are burdened with such a terrible disease.