2017: My Year Of Running for Charity

Fundraising page is now live!! You can make a donation by clicking here.

Ah, the new year. My blog feeds and news feeds are full of goal setting and resolutions for 2017, and I just love it. I’m one of those people that believe anyone can reach their goals with the right approach, and I’m always excited to help support my friends in this area. Today, I want to reveal my big, scary goal for 2017, and it involves charity.

Fundraising for the NYC Marathon and raising a lot of money for charity

I’m going to raise $10,000 for charity to run the NYC Marathon.


I’ve never raised money for charity, but I’m in no way under the impression that this will be easy. I know that it will be hard. It will require planning, a little work every week, and help from others. It will require a lot of my time for most of the year, and that’s okay. I know I can do it. I want to make my running about something other than myself. Running the NYC Marathon will be the icing on the cake – raising money will be my main focus.

EDIT 8/1 – I have raised my goal to $15,000!!!

Why I am doing this?

In the past year, I’ve known more people than I’d like who have been personally impacted by cancer. Friends, neighbors, and co-workers have struggled while their family members have gone through painful chemotherapy, have had to face the battle themselves head on, or have lost someone close to them after a hard fight. It’s been around me so much that I often reflect on my long runs as to how lucky I am to simply be able to run.  There were many moments in 2016 where I wanted to DO something, but what I was able to do felt so limited.  This will be my small way of doing something.  In addition to raising money, I’m going to find other ways to support those impacted by cancer.

In 2017, @jessrunsatl is raising $10,000 to run the NYC Marathon! #runchat Click To Tweet

I’ll be running for Fred’s Team, which supports Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.  You can make a donation by clicking here.

How the heck am I going to do this?

I intend to detail out my fundraising here on my blog. This type of goal will require more than posting on Facebook, and I want to be transparent with my readers on the process. I’ll be talking a lot about the work and mental models required to reach a big goal here in this blog, and I hope you’ll join the conversation.  I have found very few resources online with tips on fundraising for charity, so I want to share my learnings with others.

So there it is, my big goal for this year. I’m so excited and also nervous. I know it’s a lofty goal, but even if I miss it, I will not have failed. Any money towards cancer research is a win.  Here’s to fighting cancer and running for charity in 2017!

I need your help! What advice do you have for me as I start to plan my fundraising? Comment below with your thoughts, resources, and advice!

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  1. This is awesome! I actually have a friend that did fundraising for Memorial Sloan for last year’s marathon. Shoot me an email when you select the charity and I’ll reach out to him!

    Of course I’ll also be thrilled to donate! My job has a matching gifts program so I’ll make sure to use that too!

  2. My best friend’s mom, Sandy, who became like my mom since I moved to Boston, just passed away from cancer on December 23rd. Sandy was a long time Atlanta resident who just moved up here this past year. I’d like to donate in her honor.

    • Kim, I’m so sorry to hear about this. Once my fundraising is open I’ll be sure to share the link. Hugs to you, I hope you’re well.

    • If you run with anyone who has fundraised, maybe you can pick their brains for me! I’m so excited to see you in NYC!!!

  3. I fundraised for RMHC for Chicago – it was a great experience. My minimum was way less than yours, but I did raise almost 2x the amount I was supposed to. I didn’t put a TON of extra effort, I just did things that came naturally to me. Good luck!

    • Thanks Courtney! My minimum will be a lot less than my goal which is good. I’d love to hear any advice or tactics that worked for you.

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