And the Winners are...

Posted on October 03, 2006 at 02:49 AM

A BIG thank you to all of you who donated to the 2006 Blogathon benefitting the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. As of 5pm EDT October 2nd we raised $725 for the OI foundation. I've got the a list of all thos elgible for the drawing, so let's see who will win the 4GB Silver iPod Nano.

So how did we determine the winner of the iPod Nano?

I have a list of all those who were elgible to win in an excel spreadsheet. I assigned a random number to each entry then sorted the list based on that random number. Once sorted, each entry's random number was recalculated and then resorted. I repeated this process 15 times to properly mix-up all the entries listed.

We then printed out numbers corresponding to the total amount of entries listed, cut them out, and put them into a hat. The Head of My Legal Department (my 7yr old son) then reached into the hat and pulled out one number. The number corresponding to the entry listed in the excel spreadsheet was the winner of the iPod Nano.

Editor's note: drum roll please....

The Winner of the 4GB Silver iPod Nano (donated by Cory Reinert at is.....

Karen L. from Wisconsin!

Thank you Karen for your donation. Once I get your contact info, your iPod will be on its way.

And now for the drawing for two signed copies of Patricia Minor's book: "What Life Is Like Living With OI"

I repeated the same process for the drawing of the books as I did for the iPod Nano. Everyone who left a comment was eligble to win a book. Also eligble were those in the OI community who sent me their story. I took all of those names into excel and repeated the same process as I did for the iPod Nano.

The first winner was Su S. and second winner was Stacy G. Thank you both for your contributions and thank you to Patricia Minor for donating the books!

Final Notes

One last thank you to Cory Reinert at If you are in the market for purchasing computers or I.T. related equipment, please give Cory Reinert a call. Mention to him that you heard of his services through the blogathon and he will hook you up with a great deal.

Please leave comments on the blogathon posts! While the 2006 blogathon may be over, all of the posts written during the blogathon will remain on this site for eternity (i.e. a really long time). There is a lot of great content that needs your input. People searching for OI related topics in the future will stumble across the entries and your knowledge will help those seeking to learn more about OI. You can review all the blogathon posts by going to the 2006 Blogathon for OI archives page.

The blogathon donation page is still active, so for those of you who would still like to donate please do so. We are only $225 shy of our $1000 goal, so a donation of any size would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again to all those who contributed and helped spread the word of this blogathon to others.

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Thank you to you and your staff(Dana and Nick) for all your hard work and time. You did a great job.
Thank you to all the posters as we learned alot about O I.
Mom & Dad

Posted by: Mom & Dad | October 3, 2006 06:09 AM

I don't think people realize the amount of work that went into this blogathon. Besides Joe being up for 24 hours straight, he also had a lot of research to do on OI, as he didn’t know that much about the disease. Maybe some of you don't know, but this blog does have a full time job. Joe usually comes home from work between 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm, and sometimes brings work home with him. He was up doing research on OI after his family went to bed, and for the two weeks prior to this blogathon, I don't think he came to bed before 4:30 AM. And no, I don't think he was conditioning for his all night posting.

I thought the blogathon held 2 purposes.

1 - To raise money for a great foundation.

2 - For people in the OI community to comment and have an open discussion on great topics, and to be used as a research tool for those affected with the
disease in the future.

With that being said, I was slightly disappointed with the number of comments that were left on the posts. There were good topics for discussion, and I thought the OI community would have been more eager to respond to posts that could help people looking for information.

Although it might not have turned out as well as you would have hoped Joe, I am proud of you. You have a big heart.

Love Always

Posted by: Dana | October 3, 2006 10:45 AM

Congrats Joe. You've done a wonderful thing.

Today I mentioned your efforts and linked you on my blog.

Best Wishes.

Posted by: Tee | October 6, 2006 01:00 PM

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