1 Minute, 1 Vote, $1 Million for Duchenne Research

8 Easy Ways You Can Help Us Win $1 Million

We are a week away from winning up to $1 million and raising awareness about Duchenne muscular dystrophy in ways we can’t even fathom. But we need your help today! VOTE NOW! And please do as many of the 8 steps below and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Anything you can do to spread the word gets us that much closer to victory!


1. Vote! This is the most important way you can help us win. Your vote really does matter. Just make sure that you first become a fan of Chase Community Giving on Facebook before you vote. If you’re not a fan, it will instruct you to become one. And if you’re not on Facebook…JOIN!

2. After you vote, you will be asked if you want to post on your wall that you voted. Answer YES! This lets all of your Facebook friends know that you voted, includes a link, and you don’t have to do anything.

3. Leave a comment on our Chase Community Giving page and encourage everyone to support PPMD with their vote. This also will appear on your status page with a link if you allow it to after you write the comment. This may be something you want to hold off on doing until a couple of days after you vote. That way, you are spacing out your status messages that you voted.

4. Change your profile picture to one of our “I Voted for PPMD” badges. These can be found in the photo section of our PPMD fan page. Changing your picture to one of these great badges again will update your friends on Facebook that you have changed out your picture and encourage them to vote and do the same. Wouldn’t it be great to see a whole bunch of profile pictures with the same message!

5. Contact everyone you know via email, Facebook, Twitter, text, telephone, etc., and encourage them to vote for PPMD by visiting www.parentprojectmd.org/Facebook.

6. Post our video, created specifically for this contest, everywhere! Share it on Facebook, Twitter, send it through email, put it in your blog, or add it to your website. Nothing tells our story better than the faces of the boys we are trying to help.

7. Attend our voting event! Visit the PPMD fan page, click on the Events tab, and attend our event. Then you can invite everyone you know on Facebook to attend as well. This will remind them to vote and to vote before the 1/22/10 deadline.

8. Print out these steps and share them with your co-workers, your children’s teachers, students that you know, your favorite coffee shop…anyone that will take them!


What To Do With Your Additonal Votes


Each person gets 5 votes to vote for 5 different organizations in the top 100. You can only vote for PPMD once. But we would like to suggest where you cast your additional votes.

First, our friends at Darius Goes West are also in the top 100. That’s right – two organizations fighting to end Duchenne are in the top 100! So we hope one of your votes will go to this other great Duchenne group.

For your additional votes, we would like for you to consider some other organizations we are working with in this Chase Community Giving Challenge. Together we have formed the Children’s Genetic Disease Research Coalition with Trisomy 18 Foundation and Ehlers-Danlos Network Cares. By forming this coalition, we are hoping that people dedicated to fighting one of these genetic diseases will use their votes to support another.

Though each disease is different, with unique challenges, families still face the devastation of diagnosis and struggle to find hope. If helping one another out gets all four of us in top spots (PPMD, Darius, Trisomy, Ehlers-Danlos) and raises awareness collectively, then it is a victory for all families, for all children fighting these rare diseases.

The charity with the most votes at Midnight on Jan 22nd when voting ends will win the top $1 million award, with 5 runner-up positions receiving $100,000 each. There is also a discretionary $1 million award to be given by the Chase Giving Celebrity Advisory Board. We want to see all four of our organizations in those top slots to fight these conditions and save children’s lives. Advances in the science and treatments of Trisomy 18 and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome will advance the opportunities for treatments for Duchenne and vice-versa. It is in the best interest of all our related communities. It’s just the right thing to do – on both a human and strategic level! Especially since there are a number of other powerful voting coalitions forming around other related causes. But we have the numbers and can win this for all of us. Our goal is nothing short of seeing all our organizations in the top voting slots on the Leader Board come Jan 22nd when voting ends at midnight!

If you have any questions or ideas about how you can help us win $1 million for Duchenne research, please join this discussion!

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The system has been a mess to say the least, but we SO appreciate everyone's persistence to get their vote in and counted!

Rosalene Graham said:
Janine and Karen,

I also had difficulty voting on my desktop computer. I finally gave up on my desktop (VISTA) and moved to my netbook (XP). It had no problem. I had this problem in the first round of voting as well. Come to think of it, I had the some problem with the voting I don't know what configuration on my desktop would not let me vote but at least I had an alternative and could vote.

Thinking about it, I had the same problem with the Intel voting for a cause facebook contest.
Rosie
we did.
I am incredibly disappointed that we do not have more votes--as PPMD said it's letters t go to such a large number of people and if they each sent it to 10 we would have the votes. We are sending it to address book +++ and following up to the point of being a pain I'm sure. I am getting feedback on how difficult it is sometime to actually vote and it definitely is perhaps due to 75 thousand people voting for the #1 charity. I guess persistence is the key and we are very well aware that people have other things to do besides this but it ends tomorrow so am begging everyone to keep going and do more. We need this so very very much for our precious little guys. Joanne
There is a note on The Chase Community Giving site that says: On January 25 see which charities will share in $1MM. What does this mean? Is there additional money being shared besides that of the 1st five winners?

Joanne Haswell said:
I am incredibly disappointed that we do not have more votes--as PPMD said it's letters t go to such a large number of people and if they each sent it to 10 we would have the votes. We are sending it to address book +++ and following up to the point of being a pain I'm sure. I am getting feedback on how difficult it is sometime to actually vote and it definitely is perhaps due to 75 thousand people voting for the #1 charity. I guess persistence is the key and we are very well aware that people have other things to do besides this but it ends tomorrow so am begging everyone to keep going and do more. We need this so very very much for our precious little guys. Joanne
I guess they still have to announce for discretionary $1 million award. MAY be we will get some GOOD news on Monday.
I believe Chase is giving $100,000 to each of the top 10 organizations.

Karen

RAKTIM SINGH said:
I guess they still have to announce for discretionary $1 million award. MAY be we will get some GOOD news on Monday.

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