Here's the deal: I signed up to run the Chicago marathon, but I signed up to run for a charity. I am running for Team to End AIDS, which is a group that provides essential care to those affected by HIV and AIDS - not just in Chicago, but nationwide. Participation in this group has been amazing, and I've had such a great experience. The problem? My "friends" are not very supportive. It's like they've all been raised by a pack of wolves. In order to actually get my bib number for the marathon I have to raise $1,400. I am short. I have cajoled, begged, facebook-shamed, to no avail. I'm still short. Normally I would make up the difference from my own money, but I have been unemployed for the past year. I am so behind on my bills I can't even talk about it. That's a whole different post. I just got a job, but haven't been there long enough to catch up on all my overdue bills. My boyfriend has offered to pay the remainder of what I need to raise, but I just can't let him do it. He has already done so much for me, I feel incredibly guilty. So, it is with a huge sense of shame and humility that I am asking the GT community for help. I just need to raise a coupe hundred bucks by October 1st. If I don't I can't run the marathon this year. This is incredibly important for me. Please, I'm begging you wonderful people. Just a donation of $10 will be so, so, SO helpful. If you'd like to help out, go here to make a donation: http://events.aidschicago.org/site/TR/T2/T2?…

Plus, you'll get to see a picture of what I actually look like IRL... don't get too excited.

EDIT: Oh my goodness, you guys. I am so overwhelmed by the support I've received here with this fundraising goal. You guys really came through, and you have no idea what it means to me. I'm completely overcome with gratitude and humility. For those of you who donated, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wouldn't have been able to swing the balance on my own this month (a year of unemployment does horrible things to your bank account), and you really saved my ass! For those of you who couldn't afford to donate but offered my words of encouragement and support, I also thank you from the bottom of my heart. The emotional and moral support is just as important as the financial help! I'm still in awe at how insanely supportive GTers are! You all, collectively, are amazing!!