Thanks Paul for working on this for all of us!
Paul Cliff said:The current draft is 3524 characters. I'll do my best to chop it down. It will definitely be published next weekend.
Karen Barnett said:I was looking at the Oprah submission form and the letter can only be a maximum of 2000 characters. Will the letter be under 2000 characters? Is this the only place we have to submit the letters to her show or is there another avenue?
With Maury I am not so sure this is a topic he would even consider for his show. Every time I have tuned into that show the only topic I have seen involves paternity tests and cheating partners.
Are we all ready to start the letter blitz? Do we have a final letter? I've been sick for a week and just got back on here so was wondering.
Do you think we should start a new post with just the letter and the contacts so others can see it and hopefully more will get involved?
I know, I know, a lot of questions:)
I read this and was going to volunteer my husband but looks like someone beat me to the punch=) (I'm sure my hubby will so be sooo disappointed=) At any rate, I think this is a fabulous idea and it never hurts to try. I am more than willing to email, etc--do whatever.
On the Bill and Melinda Gates thing, I know several have posted that others have tried and failed to get him to donate. Something about focusing on issues abroad--I am totally fogetting now what was said. BUT I read something in some Economic magazine of my husbands about how Bill Gates donated $125 million to a campaign in NYC with Mayor Bloomberg in an effort to stamp out smoking. Now, NYC is definitely not abroad and I'm sorry but SMOKING??!! Now, I realize that others smoke (some of my family memebers do and have in the past) but come on, our sons didn't CHOOSE to get DMD--smokers CHOOSE to take that first puff. (Please don't anyone take offense here, as it is not my intention to offend or to pass judgement on anyone who smokes--some of my most favorite people smoke. But would rather see the money spent on DMD:) The whole reason I brought this up was to say that we now might have some leverage, so to speak, seeing that he has donated "locally." My husband was going to write a letter to Bill Gates about this, and he still will, but it might have a better impact if we campaign, like has been suggested for the Gates Foundation as well as Oprah. I think a collective stand from all of the parents, grandparents, etc. can make a big statement.
What a great idea!! Hope we get more on board--members here and deep pockets=)