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This fundraiser ended on 09/12/10

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This fundraiser collected money for the The Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley, an organization that helps children with special needs.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The project has ended. We raised 138% of the goal! It is a great success and I am extremely grateful to every single person who helped. Please see the Updates section to read a thank you note from Melissa Koscis, Executive Director for The Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley. Hi everyone! August 4th is my birthday and this year I decided to celebrate it by creating this Birthday Fund. Due to a number of reasons ranging from the strongest desire to aid the world peace :) to the lack of storage space in my apartment, I'm taking a different approach to my birthday presents this year.  As much as I appreciated the handbags, body lotions, and giftcards, which I received for my previous birthdays, this year I am inviting you to help me celebrate my day with a contribution to a cause I selected. The organization I would like to help is called The Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley. They are doing an absolutely amazing job helping the kids with various disabilities to have a bit more joy in their lives by getting together and playing softball. I spent a day with these children in 2008 as part of the Global Village for Future Leaders in Business and Industry, and it turned out to be one of the most gratifying, memorable and valuable experiences of my entire life. As me and about a hundred of other Global Village people from around the world cheered for the kids and helped them to catch ball, I realized that I had never seen so much joy, happiness and love concentrated in one spot. These children were so gratefully happy for the time and attention we gave them, it made me think that if I die tomorrow, I'll know most definitely there was at least one day in my life, which was spent with true meaning. So, I hope you understand why I'm asking you to help me help them. It does not have to be much - I would be most grateful for any contribution at all. I will then pass the money collected by September 11th to The Miracle League and later on share with you their receipts and thank yous. Thank you very much in advance to each and every one of you, who is going to donate to this Birthday Fund. You are making my birthday this year very special. Natalya Yassinskaya P.S. You can learn more about The Miracle League at the websites, which are listed in the "Links" section of this page: their official website, an article published about them at Yahoo Sports and a link to a video about them. I have also uploaded several pictures from the day spent with them.  
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