Just a quick exhortation and reminder to all of my readers regarding my race to raise funds for improved vaccines. This Saturday, I will face the hordes of undead at Run for Your Lives. My goal in running this race is not only to finish (and stay "alive"), but also to raise money for two projects at the Massachusetts General Hospital Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center (VIC): an improved cholera vaccine and development of a novel laser adjuvant for vaccines (which may replace aluminum adjuvants).
I'm adding another carrot to tempt you to give. The folks at MGH have been great in getting me updates as to how much money I've raised. As of this writing, I'm at slightly over $1,000 raised for VIC. If my total hits $2,000 by Saturday, May 5, I will double my own personal donation. If you have not given, please consider doing so. You can find more information on my blog or on this site MGH helped me set up. If you want to skip the discussion about the project and just make a gift, you can go to the actual donation page.
MGH is a registered 501(c)(3), so donations are tax deductible. You might also want to contact your employer to inquire about matching gifts. Most companies will match donations to hospitals above a certain amount (usually $25). Finally, if you happen to live outside the U.S., keep in mind that if successful, this research would have a global impact.
So, make a gift, tell your friends and make me double my own gift.