I entered this contest for this job late, far behind. An impossible dream. I asked you for help and you catapulted my name to the top in 48 hours and you kept me there. I asked you to help me with something that could be very important for me and for my family–and you did. You did it as if you were doing it for yourselves. You posted on your Facebooks, on your Twitters, on your blogs, on your forums. You emailed your friends and families. You called people. You walked around your offices asking your co-workers to help.
You didn’t care whether I knew or didn’t know you were doing it.
You just showed up with your big old hearts.
It has been surreal.
I could say thank you a hundred thousand times and it wouldn’t be enough. The most important thing to me now is that I don’t let you down. Today is the last day of the first round voting. There is a second (final) round in which I must submit a 90-second video and an essay. (I’ll be posting more information as soon as I have it.) I will do my best, for you, because I want this now not just for myself and my family, but for you. Because you worked so hard for it.
Thank you. Over and over, thank you.
11/07 update: The voting is now closed. Thank you!