Win a weekend on the coast of Maine… and help fight cancer (w/Lance).

We’re feeling pretty fortunate these days as our business continues to grow through the support of some truly wonderful clients and organizations.  We recently won a photo contest that came with a pretty spectacular prize:  a two night stay at The Newagen Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine INCLUDING gourmet breakfast and dinner!!  When we won the contest for the 2008 year, we were pretty psyched… but we never thought we would win AGAIN for 2009 as well.  We’ve been pretty lucky… and we feel like we should give back a little.  We decided that we would donate our prize to help raise money for one of our favorite organizations: The Lance Armstrong Foundation and LIVESTRONG.

If you need any reminders of why we’re so passionate about the fight against cancer, just imagine someone you love… fighting for their lives.

Alternatively, you can just click HERE or HERE and you’ll learn a bit about my amazing sister Lea who was diagnosed with leukemia a little over 4 years ago, and later survived a bone marrow transplant.  Her progress is slow, but steady.  Her attitude and perspective on life in incredible.  She is now cancer free and the mother of a beautiful baby boy… but the impact that the disease has had on our family will never leave us, and LIVESTRONG has been part of our support team for years now, so it would be wonderful to give back to them for all that they have done on behalf of survivors like us.

SO WHAT’S THIS CONTEST YOU KEEP REFERRING TO?

Happy you asked!  We are raffling off a TWO night stay at the beautiful Newagen Seaside Inn with gourmet dinner and breakfast included.

Check out The Newagen Inn’s website HERE, or click on the photo below.

HOW DO I WIN THIS INCREDIBLE TWO NIGHT STAY ON THE COAST OF MAINE?

There are two ways to enter (Yes, you can… and should do both!!):

THE FIRST OPTION (CASH DONATION):

1.)  Go to: fundraising.livestrong.org/grassroots2010/brianwedge and make a tax deductable donation right now.  For every $10 you donate, you will get an entry into our raffle that will be chosen at random on June 5, 2010… the winner will be notified by way of the contact information you provided when you made your donation.  So if you donate $10, you get one raffle ticket.  Donate $50, you get five tickets, donate $500, and you get 50 raffle tickets etc…. as well as a darn good chance that you and your significant other will be spending a weekend relaxing on the coast of Maine!

THE SECOND OPTION (REGISTER TO BE A HERO):

2.)  My sister’s life was saved by a true hero named Tammy who registered to donate bone marrow YEARS before she ever got the call that she was needed.  Donating bone marrow is NOT like donating a kidney or lung… so get that out your mind right off the bat!  It’s EASY, and registering is EFFORTLESS.  Joining the registry is FREE and is literally as simple as swabbing the inside of your cheek with a Q-Tip, then mailing it back.  YOU can do this. YOU need to do this… because the people who need a bone marrow transplant are literally dying without your help.  The act of bone marrow donation can take on one of two different forms, but 70% of all donations are taken in a procedure very similar to the simple act of donating blood. The cold hard truth though is that every year 35,000 people need a donor and only 3800 will find one.

VIDEO: How to register / get tested

Here’s the link with all the detailed information and how to receive a free test kit (donations accepted but NOT required):

Plus, if you register or are already registered… you get ONE FREE RAFFLE ENTRY.

Just tell us that you’re registered via:

A posted comment to this blog below [your email address is never published… promise]

or via TWITTER (@brianwedge)

or via FACEBOOK

Just tell us and when you WIN, we will contact you with the info you provided.  Honor system here.  If you say you went to the website and ordered the registration kit… we believe you and you qualify.  If you say you are already on the registry: we believe you!  If you say you actually donated marrow to someone: we LOVE YOU!!!

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So, to review:  You can win an exquisite two night stay at The Newagen Seaside Inn including dinner/breakfast if you:

a.)  Donate $10 to LIVESTRONG here: http://fundraising.livestrong.org/grassroots2010/brianwedge

OR

b.)  Are registered currently or become registered to donate bone marrow (just contact us through our comments section here, Twitter or Facebook)

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Follow up questions:

Brian, I own/work for an AWESOME company… and I bet we would be psyched to donate something to add to the prize list and therefore raise more cash to fight cancer (while also harnessing the power of social media marketing and your amazing blog followers)… how on earth would I do that?

What a great idea!  Just shoot us an email, or hit us up on Twitter (@brianwedge) or our Facebook Page and we will add it to our prize list while promoting your company as best we can!

(Original Photo Credit: EPA)*

Is it true that the winner gets to go for a ride with Lance Armstrong during their stay in Maine?

Ever since Lance and I ran the Boston Marathon “together”, it is true that he is a huge fan of Brian Wedge Photography (always bugging me for a print of his favorite wedding shot or obsessing about the plight of sea turtles in Mexico).  Knowing Lance as well as I do* he did mention that he had some sort of a cycling tour planned for July that’s taking him overseas I think.  I think he said something about studying cobblestones in France and then training for some little social ride in Colorado, so I can’t promise you that he’ll be there… but you never know!  In the event that Lance doesn’t show up to meet you, we would be happy to show you one of our favorite cycling loops while you’re in town.

Last question now… are there any other rules?

Whatever mumbo-jumbo legal rules apply to your state/country etc. apply.  If you’re under 18, don’t steal your parents credit card and donate without their permission.  In fact, you probably shouldn’t steal anyone’s credit card and donate without their permission.  This is simply us trying to raise money for a good cause in a fun and simple way… if you have any questions, let us know and we’ll do our best to answer them…. but otherwise, be cool and let’s all have some fun with this.

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*aaaaaaand for the record, I’m joking.  I don’t think Lance is coming to ride with you in Maine… but donate some money anyways!  It’s a good cause!!

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  • May 5, 2010 - 7:49 pm

    Tweets that mention Win a Two Night Stay at Maine Seaside Inn and help LIVESTRONG fight Cancer | Brian Wedge Photography Blog -- Topsy.com - […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by @LIVESTRONGCEO: @LIVESTRONGCEO Here's that link and story: http://bit.ly/ax1qfa #LIVESTRONG #Raffle […]ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2010 - 8:14 pm

    lesley jacobs - Thanks for the prompting and the nice blog posting about your sister and her battle and how well she’s doing. It reminded me that I wanted to sign up to be a marrow donor, so I DID!
    I donate blood regularly and am a supported of LiveStrong. I fundraise for that organization and I volunteer at the Seattle LiveStrong Challenge.
    Three cheers for the internet and how it connects us all, coast to coast.
    Lesley Jacobs in Seattle Washington.ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2010 - 8:19 pm

    brianwedge - Yay! Thanks so much for getting that registration done and for all your efforts on behalf of LIVESTRONG!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    Randye Kerstein - Thanks to Tammy’s FB post, I just registered. I know the donation was very meaningful to her and I’d lvoe to be able to help someone sometime in a similar way.ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    brianwedge - Tammy is a hero, and Randye… you are too. THANK YOU!!ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    Innkeeper Jason - Fantastic Brian! We’re looking forward to hosting the winner of the auction. To recognize their generosity and our conviction & passion for this cause, we plan to upgrade this guest to our nicest room available. Good luck and open your pocket books!ReplyCancel

    • May 6, 2010 - 2:24 pm

      brianwedge - Jason… awesome!! The fundraising is going well and folks are registering daily. This is REALLY helping our community!ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2010 - 3:53 pm

    Erin - Brian, you inspired me to register! Thank you so much! I hope I can help!ReplyCancel

    • May 6, 2010 - 8:21 pm

      brianwedge - Erin, thanks so much for registering! You are helping already by giving those in need hope!
      bReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2010 - 9:08 pm

    Amy - Brian: I’m going to buy a ticket, but I’m also a registered donor. I registered at a bone marrow drive in NY 2 or 3 years ago.

    Thanks – and this is awesome that you’re doing this!
    -amyReplyCancel

    • May 19, 2010 - 7:16 am

      brianwedge - Amy, thanks so much for registering! We’ll put your name in the hat as a registrant as well. We really appreciate your support!
      BriReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2010 - 1:44 pm

    Two night stay at The Newagen Seaside Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine | Brian Wedge Photography Blog - […] quick reminder for all those who “meant to” join the bone marrow registry, or wanted to donate a little cash to LIVESTRONG, that your opportunity to “do good” […]ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    Kayla Jo Maioriello - Just registered! Thank you so much for providing information about being a donor. I have been looking for information unsuccessfully for a few monthgs now. I hope to some day be a part of saving someones life. Again thank you!ReplyCancel

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