Every three-to-six months, I invite people to show some support for the site by making a Paypal donation. It’s in no way a compulsory exercise, but it’s always nice if people want to show their appreciation for the work that’s been done here over the last weeks/months/years.
I want to do a similar exercise one more time before leaving Saabs United – but with a twist. Previous donations have been used to offset the costs of the site and keep my dog happy with various treats 🙂 . This one last time, all donations will be passed on to a very special cause, inspired by a good mate of mine.
I met Jim C in August 2010 at the Swedish Car Day hosted by Charles River Saab in Boston. Just a few months later, Jim had surgery for testicular cancer, but still made it to another Saab event four days later!
Jim owns a couple of Saabs (and a few other modes of transport, as well). My personal favourite from his collection is his 1973 Saab Sonett III. It’s painted in a deep red reminiscent of Cardinal Red Metallic and sports a warmed up V4 tuned to around 120hp.
Jim once joked that I could have first refusal on his Sonett if the cancer treatment didn’t work out. I’m pleased to say I’ll be waiting a lot longer thanks to early detection and the excellent treatment he received at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Jim also has a 2001 Saab 9-5 SportCombi. He bought it in 2007, the same year he bought the bike shown next to him in the photo below. The Saab cost $2,000 less than the bike, and has been cheaper to maintain, too 🙂
Jim is now in early training for a 200 mile fundraising bike ride called the Pan Massachusetts Challenge. There will be over 5,000 people participating and the goal of the event is to raise $35million for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
This is why he’s doing it:
A lot of my Saab friends offered words of encouragment during my battle which were helpful on a personal level. But all the verbal sentiment in the world will not cure a single cancer sufferer. It takes research and reaserch takes money. Consider that 40 years ago somebody with my form of cancer had a 5 year survival rate of just 20%. Today, thanks to research at places like the Dana Farber it’s over 98%. I want everybody to have a similar chance of recovery but that is still not the case with many forms of the disease.
I don’t think there’s a person on this earth who hasn’t been touched by cancer. I lost my father to the disease back in 1985, when I was 15 years old. The Saab community lost Bob Sinclair to the disease a few years ago. I’m sure you’ve got your own personal story to tell, too.
Thankfully we didn’t lose Jim. And when he came to me with this event I was more than happy to offer my help.
- If you’d normally contribute to a support-a-saab-blogger campaign…..
- If you’ve in any way enjoyed the coverage of Saab news and ownership culture that this site has brought to you over the last months and years…..
- If you want to say a final thankyou as I take leave from SaabsUnited….
- If you just want to help a brother out…..
….then please consider making a donation to help Jim on his way and keep his Saab Sonett out of my garage 🙂
PLEASE READ JIM’S STORY IN HIS OWN WORDS at the Pan Massachusetts Challenge website.
You can also make a donation at that page. As I write this, Jim is around $1,325 short of his $6,000 goal. I’m going to knock a chunk off that now and I’d encourage you to do the same. Using Jim’s own words….
Look, I gave up my left nut already. It’s the least you can do. 🙂
Consider this the final support-a-saab-blogger campaign under my watch. Thanks for all of your support in the past, and I invite you to show the same support for Jim today.