I’m on Team Becca

Hey again!

You guys know my friend Becca?

(She’s the cute one in pink.)

Well, one thing you might not know about her is that she has Type I diabetes. And because she is basically my hero, she’s also one of the most motivated people I know when it comes to finding a cure for that disease.

Which is why every year, she organizes Team Becca to walk in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes walk in Des Moines. When I lived there, my family and I would always physically participate in the walk.

Here’s proof (for the record, I think we are what you would categorize as “late bloomers”…just scroll back up and look at that photo!):

Now, unfortunately, the commute to the walk is a bit to far to swing for me now. But that’s why I was so excited when Becca emailed me to see if I wouldn’t mind posting a link (and a shiny new badge in the right-hand column!) to her team so anyone who wanted to could contribute.

Um, yes. I would be honored to do that for you, Becca!

If you would like to contribute, click here for details, and then click here to donate to Team Becca. It doesn’t have to be a lot, and you can choose your donation amount. (Every little bit helps!)

Thank you to anyone who does find it in their heart to donate. Becca is one of my dearest friends, and it breaks my heart that she has to go through so many physical difficulties. A girl should be able to just eat a damn cupcake without worrying about it hurting anything besides her waistline! I can’t wait for the day when she doesn’t have to worry about things like that anymore.

And who knows? Your generous donation might take us one step closer to that day.

What a waste.

I have a sort of shameful confession: Sometimes I forget to use the Groupons, Amazon Local deals, and Living Social deals I buy.

Don’t LOOK at me!!!

Okay. I know this isn’t the most shameful thing I could have confessed. There are loads of people who do this. You get excited when you see a deal for a massage and chiropractic evaluation (for only $40!!!) because, I mean, haven’t you been having weird back issues ever since you tried to convince your then-fiance you were stronger than him by picking him up, except you lifted with your back instead of your knees and tweaked something in your spine and things sort of got better over time but were never really the same and sometimes just getting up from the supine position is a lot harder and more painful than simply getting up from lying down ever should be when you’re not even 25 yet?

Or maybe that’s just me.

But anyway, the point is, you get all jazzed about a good deal, snap it up, and promptly forget about it for the next six months. And then, six months later, when you’re watching the deadline toward expiration slowly tick down, the money that you invested so long ago just suddenly stops feeling as important. I mean, you haven’t had the money for six months. What do you care if you got something for it or just donated it to the internet?

Well, I say this stops today. Because I do care, folks. I don’t think I will ever be so rich that I won’t care about just throwing money away.

Which is why today I made a few appointments. And I am going to be looking goooood come April. (Though I still need to figure out how to use that chiropractic evaluation since the office is in the city and I’m hardly ever there anymore. D’oh.)

Does anyone else ever find themselves as spontaneous internet philanthropists? (Sounds a lot fancier than “chumps who throw their money at impulse spa treatments and then never collect.”) Have any strategies for making sure you don’t forget to use your Groupons? Share in the comments!