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Project 250: My Loss Will Be The Gain Of The Tewksbury Community Food Pantry, With Your Help

Jan 14, 2016 07:30AM ● By Bill Gilman

Ray Bowden, president of the Board of Directors of the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry, poses with Your Tewksbury Today Editor Bill Gilman, at the Tewksbury Sports Club. Photo by Kait Taylor.

 Today is the day.
This morning I will be checking into Lowell General Hospital for gastric bypass surgery, as part of an effort to go from 426 pounds, back in July, to 250 pounds.
In my Project 250 columns, I have mentioned many people and organizations who have been key members of my support team. But today, I would like to invite YOU to join my team and, by doing so, help the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry.
Not to put too fine a point on it but I'm asking you to put your money where my mouth is.
I'm asking you to pledge an amount of your choosing per pound I will lose between now and Oct. 1, 2016. The money raised will go to the Food Pantry. 
So you might say, my loss will be their gain!
On Jan. 13, under the watchful eyes of Ray Bowden, president of the Board of Directors of the Community Food Pantry, and my super-awesome trainer Kait Taylor, I weighed in at 388 pounds at the Tewksbury Sports Club. I'm aiming to lose 120 pounds by Oct. 1.
If you were to pledge 10 cents per pound and I lose the full 120 pounds, your pledge would be $12. Pledging 20 cents per pound would be a pledge of $24, etc.
You probably have a few questions you'd like answered before you pledge. Let see if I can help.

How much of the money raised will go to the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry?
That's easy. 100 percent. Every penny will go toward providing food to more than 250 Tewksbury families in need.
Do I have to pay right now?
Nope. Right now you are just pledging. At the conclusion of the fundraiser, you will be notified by the Community Food Pantry regarding how much weight I lost and how to make your donation payment.
What if you lose more than 120 pounds by Oct. 1?
The fundraiser will end the moment I lose 120 pounds or Oct. 1, whichever comes first.
How do I pledge?
Hey, that seems like some pretty important information!
Pledging is simple. Just click on this link, which will take you to the Community Food Pantry Home Page. Then just follow the instructions. It's that easy!

This morning, I got the ball rolling by pledging 25 cents per pound. 
Please join me. Make a pledge. Help the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry in their awesome work.
Every pledge received is just added incentive for me to hit my goals. I will continue to provide regular updates on the progress of my weight loss and the progress of the fundraiser.

Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers. They mean the world to me, as I continue on my journey.

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