Welcome to the 2006 JoeSchmidt.com Blogathon for OI

Posted on September 30, 2006 at 07:59 AM

Hi, I'm Joe, and I will be your host for the next 24 hours

As you may or may not know, I am hosting a blogathon for the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. All money raised will go to the Foundation in support of their efforts. For those not familiar with how a blogathon works, it basically means that I will be chained to my laptop for the next 24 hours and will be posting stories, articles, and-the-like every half hour until 8am tomorrow (Oct 1st) morning.

How can you help?

Submit your stories about OI - I want to hear from you. If you or someone you know has OI and would like to tell others about your/their life, please send it to me. You can reach me at joe.schmidt@gmail.com

Donate - Click here to go to the OI Foundation page about my blogathon and click on the link next to the thermometer or click here to go directly to the donation web site. Donations of all sizes are welcome. Plus, for every $5 you donate you will be entered into the drawing for the iPod Nano. As of this writing we already have $35 in the coffers, thank you to those who donated.

Advice - Send me your methods on how to stay awake for 24 hours straight. (Though I've got enough soda here to kill a water buffalo, so I should be good)

So what can you expect to see today?

I've asked those in the OI community to send me their stories about their lives and how OI has affected them. Many people have responded and I will post their stories periodically throughout the day.

I will be giving away two copies of the book What Life Is Like Living With OI which are signed by the Author Patricia Minor. To be eligible to win a copy, all you have to do is leave a comment sometime today or submit your story about OI. Email the story to joe.schmidt@gmail.com

The drawing for the iPod Nano will take place Monday Night (Oct. 2nd). To be eligible, all you have to do is submit your donation sometime before the end of business on Monday. I will announce the winner here on my site.

The layout of my home page will change dramatically throughout the day as I post more info and provide links web sites who have helped spread the word about this event. If something seems broken or out-of-wack, hit the refresh button, as I am probably working on the layout.

One post down. Only 24 more hours to go.

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