3:30 pm - Thu, Apr 4, 2013
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Maybe 10 miles just isn’t my distance… 

Maybe 10 miles just isn’t my distance… 

10:38 am - Thu, Dec 20, 2012
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Thanks everybody.

Thanks everybody.

2:28 am - Sun, Sep 30, 2012
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THANK YOU

Thank y’all so so much— everybody who was pulling for me. I don’t think I was passed at any point by anyone wearing a mechanical Disney costume weighing more than 5 lbs., so we all have that to be proud of.

And I didn’t make my time!! So all you cool cat pledgers out there are off the hook. I’ll get the wrist business done in the next week or so— leave me alone I’m on vacation.

1:56 am
WHOOPS.

WHOOPS.

9:52 pm - Sat, Sep 29, 2012
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About to start— thanks for the support y’all.

3:32 pm
Happy race day!

Happy race day!

8:12 pm - Fri, Sep 28, 2012
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A word about the donation being raised by the folks of the Matt Won’t Make It platoon. It’s true and worth saying, but it’s also wildly melodramatic, so I’ll throw it after the jump. 
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All the money pledged to Matt Won’t Make It, whether it’s ultimately bankrolled by you or by me, will be donated to the Metro New York chapter of Make-A-Wish, a non-profit that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. More importantly to me, though, the donation will be made in the name of my sister Katie. I’ve said more in the past few months about Katie than I ever have, perhaps, but in case you’re new to the story, Katie was seven years younger than me and my only sibling. She was an accomplished engineer and a first-ballot Hall Of Fame sister who had a special affection for children. She was killed in a car accident in 2010.
The main reason that I wanted to use this upcoming race to raise money was to make another donation to Make-A-Wish in Katie’s name. People also made donations around the time of Katie’s funeral, and that was a bright spot in a very difficult time. 
I’ve had some tricky medical news this week— I’ve been in and out of the hospital and seen all sorts of doctors to deal with what appeared initially to be something in the appendicitis/kidney snafu vein. I’ve been cleared to travel, but it’s been very hard trying to figure out whether to run the race tomorrow night.
I’ve decided to run, and my decision has to do with Katie. Since Katie died, I’ve been very different than I was when she was alive. I’m not as affectionate or patient with people. I’m not as funny, and I don’t work as hard. I’m not going to accomplish as much in this life as I would have if Katie had lived longer. And I probably won’t live as long myself.
But there’s a difference between running slower than you hoped you would and not running at all.
So wish me luck tomorrow night. And just pray that I don’t make Dana spend any of our vacation in the hospital. That’s when the real trouble will start. : )

A word about the donation being raised by the folks of the Matt Won’t Make It platoon. It’s true and worth saying, but it’s also wildly melodramatic, so I’ll throw it after the jump. 

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9:51 am - Thu, Sep 27, 2012
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OR: RENAL 911
The good news is that the race is happening this Saturday! The bad news is that my kidneys are on the fritz! In the past week I’ve been to the ER three times, rolled around the floor of my bathroom a fair amount, and spent four days (and counting) in a medium-deep oxycodone fugue. Frustratingly, I haven’t gotten a positive diagnosis on my condition, but it seems a lot like multiple kidney stones accompanied by a fair amount of inter-organ bleeding. 
So: I’m still running the race! I’ve got a round of appointments on Friday, and unless those good folk take a biopsy out of my side or forbid me to travel, we’re doing this thing. And all bets are on! In fact, the betting is still open, so if you’re liking your chances, you can still bet some money for Make-A-Wish that me and my dollar-store kidneys are not going to run very fast. You’d need some pretty big balls to bet against a guy who’s poked full of IV holes and bedridden, but MAYBE THE SICK KIDS OVER AT MAKE-A-WISH ARE WAITING ON SOMEONE WITH SOME BALLS.
Yeah, it’s not a great idea for me to run. But it wasn’t a very good idea to begin with- no particular reason to bail on it now.

OR: RENAL 911

The good news is that the race is happening this Saturday! The bad news is that my kidneys are on the fritz! In the past week I’ve been to the ER three times, rolled around the floor of my bathroom a fair amount, and spent four days (and counting) in a medium-deep oxycodone fugue. Frustratingly, I haven’t gotten a positive diagnosis on my condition, but it seems a lot like multiple kidney stones accompanied by a fair amount of inter-organ bleeding. 

So: I’m still running the race! I’ve got a round of appointments on Friday, and unless those good folk take a biopsy out of my side or forbid me to travel, we’re doing this thing. And all bets are on! In fact, the betting is still open, so if you’re liking your chances, you can still bet some money for Make-A-Wish that me and my dollar-store kidneys are not going to run very fast. You’d need some pretty big balls to bet against a guy who’s poked full of IV holes and bedridden, but MAYBE THE SICK KIDS OVER AT MAKE-A-WISH ARE WAITING ON SOMEONE WITH SOME BALLS.

Yeah, it’s not a great idea for me to run. But it wasn’t a very good idea to begin with- no particular reason to bail on it now.

8:11 am
Get To Know A Supporter!
Name: The Basile Family
Pledge Amount: $50
Why The Basiles Are Confident That Matt Won’t Make It: "Because he is the King of Guacamole!"
What They’re Going To Do With The Money That She Pledged When Matt Doesn’t Make It: "Make a huge amount of guacamole and invite him over!"
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Why The Basiles Are Confident That Matt Won’t Make It: "Because he is the King of Guacamole!"

What They’re Going To Do With The Money That She Pledged When Matt Doesn’t Make It: "Make a huge amount of guacamole and invite him over!"

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5:26 pm - Wed, Sep 26, 2012
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Get To Know A Supporter!
Name: Andy Beckerman
Pledge Amount: $20
Why Andy Is Confident That Matt Won’t Make It: "Over a jar of agave-sweetened Oolong tea last week, Matt confided in me that he didn’t have legs. ‘I’ve never had them,’ he whispered into an arm-length alpenhorn, the sound achieving a normal volume as it reached my ears. ‘This whole race thing is a sham. I have these leg-holograms and my patented Anti-Grav Unit to make it look like I’m at a normal human height, but all I can do is hover, and hovering don’t win no races, don’t it?’ Matt took a sip of the tea, and noisily spit it out on the floor. ‘What is this garbage? Cat piss? Where’s my goddam root beer?’ Matt paused for a moment as I brought him a root beer; his eyes widened suddenly with fright, ‘By the way, don’t tell anyone about the leg stuff. And certainly don’t write it into that pledge thing I asked you to type up, and which I won’t see until it’s posted online.’"
What Andy Is Going To Do With The Money That He Pledged When Matt Doesn’t Make It: "Let me say off the bat that I am not anti-religious – that needs to be right out there up front – but still, I am going to use the money to mount an attack on God and hopefully beat him up. I know that you are asking yourself, ‘Why would this putz launch an attack on The Almighty, blessed be he?’ And the answer might surprise you. Or it might not. I’m not you, and I don’t know how you were raised. That’s why humor is so variable. If it surprises you in a playful way or a truthful way or a pointed way, you’ll laugh, but that surprise is based on a load of factors including class, race and geography. So it’s cliché to say “Diff’rent Strokes” but – hey, not to get off on a tangent, but remember that show? Diff’rent Strokes? What did Willis always say? You know, his catchphrase. Was it, “Dynomite!”? Or was it, ‘You hear that Elizabeth… I’m comin’ to join ya’, honey!’? Oh, wait, it was, ‘Studio 60 is the most important sketch show that ever existed.’ What a great show that was! Anyway, one time God punched my dick off, and that’s why I’ve got a beef.”
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Donate Now!
www.mattwontmakeit.tumblr.com

Get To Know A Supporter!

Name: Andy Beckerman

Pledge Amount: $20

Why Andy Is Confident That Matt Won’t Make It: "Over a jar of agave-sweetened Oolong tea last week, Matt confided in me that he didn’t have legs. ‘I’ve never had them,’ he whispered into an arm-length alpenhorn, the sound achieving a normal volume as it reached my ears. ‘This whole race thing is a sham. I have these leg-holograms and my patented Anti-Grav Unit to make it look like I’m at a normal human height, but all I can do is hover, and hovering don’t win no races, don’t it?’ Matt took a sip of the tea, and noisily spit it out on the floor. ‘What is this garbage? Cat piss? Where’s my goddam root beer?’ Matt paused for a moment as I brought him a root beer; his eyes widened suddenly with fright, ‘By the way, don’t tell anyone about the leg stuff. And certainly don’t write it into that pledge thing I asked you to type up, and which I won’t see until it’s posted online.’"

What Andy Is Going To Do With The Money That He Pledged When Matt Doesn’t Make It: "Let me say off the bat that I am not anti-religious – that needs to be right out there up front – but still, I am going to use the money to mount an attack on God and hopefully beat him up. I know that you are asking yourself, ‘Why would this putz launch an attack on The Almighty, blessed be he?’ And the answer might surprise you. Or it might not. I’m not you, and I don’t know how you were raised. That’s why humor is so variable. If it surprises you in a playful way or a truthful way or a pointed way, you’ll laugh, but that surprise is based on a load of factors including class, race and geography. So it’s cliché to say “Diff’rent Strokes” but – hey, not to get off on a tangent, but remember that show? Diff’rent Strokes? What did Willis always say? You know, his catchphrase. Was it, “Dynomite!”? Or was it, ‘You hear that Elizabeth… I’m comin’ to join ya’, honey!’? Oh, wait, it was, ‘Studio 60 is the most important sketch show that ever existed.’ What a great show that was! Anyway, one time God punched my dick off, and that’s why I’ve got a beef.”

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