Yes, first off, today is my one hundred and eleventieth birthday...err, I mean 5 year BA anniversary. So I want to give some beer away and also do some work on an issue that's important to me. First, some background: Over the past year, my grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer and my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. I say this not to garner sympathy, but in order to give some context to what's to follow so people can easily follow what I'm about to say without needing to impugn my name. (There are other reasons to do that, anyway.) When it comes to funding, nothing beats breast cancer. We have Save the Boobies fundraisers, Susan G. Komen marches, the NFL devotes an entire month to awareness, and so on. Now prostate cancer is starting to receive the same treatment with Pints for Prostates, another NFL awareness treatment, etc. Meanwhile, it is my fear that we are forgetting there are a lot of other cancer research programs that need similar levels of finances. This is certainly not to diminish the above donation (Well, maybe the NFL's, because theirs is a publicity stunt to sell gear) - of course we all want to beat cancer in every form as so many people are affected - but some awareness programs seem to affect our pocketbooks more than others. Which is why my goal with this LIF is to focus on the "forgotten" cancers, and get people to donate to them. In essence, let's do some awareness campaigning. So let's get to the specifics: For every $10, you'll get entered into the drawing for the box. (Details below.) To start, some places to get your donations started. If you have a foundation you want mentioned, beermail me, I'll be sure to give you credit. In the spirit if awareness, I want accept all donations for the cancers below not just the ones I list. The only ones I won't accept in this LIF are breast and prostate cancer because this is meant for the ones we aren't thinking about as much. Donation sites: American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/donateonlinenow/index Choose from Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Colorectal Cancer or "Where it's needed most" Lung Cancer. (This is the deadliest killer right now.) https://www.lungcancerresearchfoundation.org/donate.php Pancreatic Cancer http://pancreaticcancerfoundation.com/donate https://www.lustgarten.org/donate Colorectal Cancer https://secure.commonground.convio.com/fightcrc/general/ https://secure2.convio.net/cca/site/Donation2?df_id=1420&1420.donation=form1 These are just a few from my searches through the week. Again, if you have a different link, provide it to me so I can put up a post. The box of 6 beers I want to send out in a styro shipper. Deschutes Abyss 2008 Deschutes Black Butte XXI Pelican Mother of All Storms 2010 Block 15 Golden Canary 2012 Upright Fantasia 2013 Logsdon Peche 'N Brett 2013 Rules: Open to US only. (Sorry to our international brethren. You can still donate to be awesome, though.) LIF runs through March 23rd. I'll try to do a drawing for this on video, but I can't guarantee it right now. Box will either be sent out March 25th or April 1st. Other cancer research suggestions are encouraged. Every $10 is 1 entry into the drawing. Multiple entries accepted. Email me your receipt (or send me a copy if the website allows it) by adding @gmail.com to my username. IMPORTANT: Label the headline with LIF, the Cancer Research name and Donation so I can find it easily. (e.g. LIF Colorectal Cancer donation) Do not beermail me this info for the reason listed below. If group donating: Please have everyone email their receipts to you, and then email them all at once to me, preferably as attachments or in the body of the mail, so I can get the counting correct. Get others involved. If you want to tell others in your office/among your non-BA friends to help out, their donations will count towards your entries. This after all, an awareness thread. Just promise to share the beer if you win. (Hold a party for them, maybe.) If you want to donate a box as seems to happen with these kinds of LIFs, please beermail me. (Don't email to my gmail address. I want to keep the two separate so I don't miss something.) Calvinball rules apply as needed. I'm hoping this will be pretty straightforward. Let's kick some ass.