Zip the Cure: An Interview with Monica.
I'm not the first to mention Zip the Cure (nor do I have the cleverest title - that definitely goes to Saraaaaaaaaaa[no h]). But like my fellow d-bloggers, I was contact by15 year old Monica Oxenreiter about her type 1 diabetes fundraising project, Zip the Cure.
it's almost too simple!
"Zip the Cure has just one uncomplicated goal; raise $100 in every zip code for research to find a cure for juvenile diabetes." One hundred dollars is a good amount of money, but it's not a bank breaker, especially if you get a few $10 donations from friends, coworkers, family members, cats ... you get the picture. Doesn't take much to reach this goal per zip code.
I talked with Monica by email about her project, and wanted to give her an opportunity to raise her voice about Zip the Cure. Take it away, Monica!
Kerri: What's your connection to diabetes?
Monica: I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes on July 14, 1994, when I was thirteen months old. My older brother, John, was diagnosed three years later, on March 7, 1998, when he was eight. That means we have had diabetes for a combined total of twenty five years! We were immediately involved with the JDRF Walkathon, and were youth ambassadors. In addition, we were part of the Promise to Remember Me campaign.
Kerri: What was the spark behind Zip the Cure, and how did you get started?
Monica: My brother and I were both Pennsylvania delegates to the Children's Congress in 2005. While we were there, we met many people our age, from across the country, who were dedicated to finding a cure. We wanted to find a similar way to involve people from every state in the search for the cure. Zip the Cure is a national program that provides a fundraising opportunity accessible anywhere in the United States, on a local level. This is a way for everyone to contribute at their own level toward a much larger goal. Diabetes affects people in every zip code across the country; this is a way for people to work together to try to make a difference. We received approval from JDRF as a third-party fundraiser; we then obtained a 501(c) nonprofit status from the IRS and, with the help of John Coryat, developed an interactive map which went live on November 14, 2009. Since then we have sold 91 zip codes in 23 states.
Kerri: How can other people get involved with Zip the Cure?
Monica: You can visit our website! The best way to get involved is to help spread the word or donate. As with any grassroots effort, a donation of any amount is combined with many others to make an impact. People can collaborate with their communities to sponsor a zip code if $100 is too much for one individual. We are trying to work together to raise funds for a cure for diabetes. Individually, the goal we have set may seem overwhelming, but with our efforts combined, it is within our reach.
Kerri: What's your goal with this effort, and what can we, as a diabetes community, do to help?
Moinca: The goal is to raise $4.2 million for type-1 diabetes research, to find a cure. We would really appreciate it if you could sponsor your zip code or help us spread the word to others about our project. It does not matter where you are, because there are zip codes everywhere in the United States. Please visit our website, Zip the Cure, join our Facebook group, or email me if you want more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kerri: Thanks, Monica, for sharing your story, and I'm hoping that you reach your goal!