Another Social Media Miracle?

Keith Burtis and Michelle MiszewskiOne of my highlights of PodCamp Toronto 2008 was meeting Keith Burtis and his lovely fiancee Michelle Miszewski. I was fortunate to play a tiny part in Keith’s social media miracle, I had the pleasure of introducing them during the opening remarks at PodCamp and I’ve stayed in regular contact with Keith since then.

It says a lot about Keith that when he heard about my Boston Marathon cancer research fundraiser, he leapt to help.

Keith is designing and creating a beautiful piece of woodwork that we are auctioning off to the highest bidder.

All of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, a world-class cancer research facility in Toronto.

(Please choose “Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research,” when prompted for who to donate to)

The Piece

The piece Keith is creating will be a significant ornamental piece with four major components.

In keeping with the social media-nature of my fundraising effort, Keith will be blogging with photos of the piece as he creates it. His first post is up now; I’ll post regular updates too.

The Auction

The auction will be held online (friend and fellow PodCamp Toronto organizer Tommy Vallier is creating the auction site for us)

The auction will begin Tuesday, March 25 at 9am.

The auction will end Thursday, March 27 at 9pm.

We’ll notify the winner shortly after 9pm on the 27th.

Tommy and Keith, I can’t thank you enough for this. You guys are amazing!

Fundraising To-Date

As of this Thursday March 13, people have donated over $1,000 to support cancer research through my run. My target is $3,000, so we’re a third of the way there. Hopefully this auction will drive it forward even further.

For now, stay tuned and get ready to bid on March 25th!

  • This is just such an amazing project. It is so cool to see how social media is making such a difference – would you guys have even known about each other 10 years ago? Let alone be in a position to help each other like this. Totally awesome.

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