The Challenge is great…but not if we don’t get it OUTSIDE of our community!
Alison Sweeney, host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser and Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives, has created a Hydrocephalus Challenge to help raise awareness of hydrocephalus and raise funds to support the work of the Hydrocephalus Association in providing support services, publications, resources, and advocacy projects to our community as well as critical funds to support our research initiatives. For those of you that want to workout with Alison and her personal trainer, this is a fun challenge for you to join. (Click here to enter.) The two night stay in that INCREDIBLE hotel is an added bonus. (Check it out here.)
However, challenges like these donated by high profile celebrities and professional athletes, like our recent Clay Matthews challenge, are a MUCH BIGGER opportunity for our community to promote awareness to the larger public audience that has never heard the word hydrocephalus. How? By sharing the challenge through your social media networks, through email, and good old-fashioned word of mouth. THEN taking it a step further and asking the friends you share it with to also share it for you. When they share, they access a whole new set of individuals who may also feel compelled to share – either because they support the cause or because they like to workout…or watch The Biggest Loser…or want a weekend in Los Angeles. The reasons are not important. It’s spreading the word that is. The more people who see the word hydrocephalus, the more people who may feel compelled to learn about the condition. It’s like creating a ripple and turning it into a wave.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Retweet, like, and favorite the post.
2. Share and/or quote tweet the post asking your networks to share it.
3. Email the link to friends, neighborhood or school listservs, or other email communities…and ask them to forward it on.
We often hear our community say we wish more people have heard of hydrocephalus. This is our chance. Whether it’s because they’re connected to the cause or because they love The Biggest Loser, or are Alison Sweeney Days of Our Lives fans, or love the Green Bay Packers, or just think Clay Matthews is AWESOME…it doesn’t matter. What matters is that if they read about and participate in the challenge and have now seen the word hydrocephalus, they may be curious enough to learn more. If not now, then when they come across the word again they may be compelled then to learn about the condition and how it impacts our lives. Once the door is open for someone to walk through, we all know we have pretty compelling stories about why they should get involved in helping us find better treatment options and, ultimately, a cure.
SPECIAL NOTE: We want to thank both Clay Matthews and Alison Sweeney. When they learned about hydrocephalus and were moved by our condition, they generously donated prize packages for these challenges and promoted them through their own social media networks via Facebook posts and tweets. Follow Alison to keep the momentum going for this current challenge that runs through the end of October.