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WHAT IS A CRUNCH-A-THON?
Each sister will count how many crunches they complete during a ONE (1) hour time period. Ideally, your entire chapter will get together on your campus for this event! Sisters can ask sponsors to pledge an amount per crunch in advance and go back after the event to collect the donations, or they may also ask for a set amount as a donation. Our goal is for each sister to get 5 donations.
WHY HOLD A CRUNCH-A-THON?
We are calling attention to the abdominal area, where ovarian cancer usually occurs. When surgery is required for ovarian cancer, they sometimes have to cut through the abdominal muscles. Many survivors discuss how difficult it was in order to gain those abdominal muscles back. For this reason, we are crunching for those who can’t. We hope to CRUNCH OUT OVARIAN CANCER!
WHERE WILL THE FUNDS THAT ARE RAISED BE GOING?
All funds raised will go to the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible. NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative’s mission is to enrich lives through early detection education, patient support services and research funding for ovarian cancer – the silent killer of women. Our donations will be going towards early detection education and patient support services. Want to learn more about NormaLeah? Click here!
HOW CAN I SEE WHAT OTHER SISTERS AND CHAPTERS ARE DOING FOR CRUNCH-A-THON?
Our official event hashtags for social media are:
HOW DO I COLLECT DONATIONS?
Please use the Network For Good fundraising site we have set up to design your chapters fundraising page through these instructions. Your chapter “Team” page should be set up by your chapter’s service chair or similar. Every sister can join the team page and track progress together! Speak to family and friends and ask for their support by donating a certain dollar amount per crunch completed at the Crunch-a-Thon, or by making a flat donation. If your donor decides they would like to donate per crunch, you will need to go back after you have completed your crunches and be sure the donor donated the correct amount. If you or your donor prefer not to use the website, please mail any checks and monetary donations to Elisabeth Wydotis (9207 Newbury Court, Prospect, KY 40059) by February 17th. Checks can be made out to the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative (memo: SAO Crunch-A-Thon). Anyone who donates will receive a letter from NormaLeah Initiative for tax purposes.
WHAT ARE THE COMPETITIONS?
Each chapter will be competing against each other for the most amount of crunches PER SISTER! Reach out to your alum, as they count as bonus sisters! The chapter that wins will get free pizza at their next chapter meeting. There are also FIVE other “Crunch Awards” with prizes: Costumed Crunch (Best Costume), Creative Crunch (Out of the Box Concept), Committed Crunch (Most Hardcore Workout), Collaborative Crunch (Coolest Group Concept), and Craziest Crunch Coordinates (Silly/Fun Location). The prize for each sister who wins an award is a $5 gift card to Starbucks and an SAO greek letter car decal! Submissions for these awards can be emailed to email@example.com with your name, chapter, award you’re entering for, and video/picture submission.
T-SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION
CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel Lindsey from the Beta Chapter for her winning Crunch-A-Thon 2019 Design! You can purchase her design on tanks, shirts, and more at our online store. Head over to our store link to purchase some swag of your own or for your sisters!
HOW DO I ASK FOR DONATIONS?
After making your fundraising page, I would suggest first sharing it through all the social media platforms you have! You can also link your fundraising page in an email with information about Crunch-A-Thon and send it out!
I AM AN ALUMNA. HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
Alumnae have their own fundraising page that can be seen through the main fundraising screen or accessed through this link. You can share this page to your Facebook/social media and email it out to donors! You are more than welcome to join your chapter in the time span they use to complete Crunch-A-Thon or on your own! Alumnae count as bonus sisters for chapters, so by adding your crunches you could help your chapter win pizza! If you decide to participate on your own, please fill out this form so we can see how you crunched out cancer!
Crunch-A-Thon Participation Form A representative from each chapter will need to fill out the Crunch-A-Thon 2019 Participation Form by February 17th at 11:59 PM EST. The form can be found through this link: https://goo.gl/forms/LeJcjYPayJaHSIRk2.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?
February 15th: Crunch-A-Thon!
March 1st: All participation forms are due to Elisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CRUNCH-A-THON CHALLENGE
Want to get your family and friends involved in the Crunch-A-Thon? Challenge them! Get on your social media and challenge your friends and family to do crunches or donate towards the Crunch-a-Thon. This is a great way to spread awareness for ovarian cancer and let friends know you are participating. Make sure to use #SAOcrunchathon2018 and send them to the website for information! This challenge will be going on from February 11th until February 17th, during our National Service Week.
OVARIAN CANCER STATISTICS & FACTS
Each year in the United States an estimated 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Each year about 14,000 U.S. women die of ovarian cancer
Worldwide, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and 140,000 women die from the disease.
Approximately 1 in 79 American women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime
When ovarian cancer is detected in the early stages, there is an 85 to 90% chance for a cure
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among American women
Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than all other gynecological cancers combined
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF OVARIAN CANCER
Pelvic or abdominal pain or pressure
Urinary urgency or frequency
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
Statistics, facts, and symptoms provided by NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative