What's Our Goal?Video Tour of 118 Brookview Street in Durham, NC **** SOLD ****
Our goal is to raise $50,000 as fast as possible (lol).
All funds raised go to The Story of Cancer Foundation (my 501c3 nonprofit) to continue development of CureCancerStarter.org and other "Tech Cures Cancer" projects.
Are Donations Tax Deductible?The Story of Cancer Foundation's 501c3 application is in, but the government can take up to a year to approve. Anyone interested in taking a tax deduction should leave contact information so we can let them know when the Story of Cancer Foundation's application is approved.
How Does The Sale WorkMy house at 118 Brookview is being sold by Stephanie Lane. See the LISTING. The house is titled in my name, so despite whoever buying it being a HUGE help to the Story of Cancer Foundation there won't be a tax deduction for buying the house.
We are working on details of how to process payments and make shipments for STUFF. Furniture we wont be shipping (pick up at my house in Durham), so I've created a Pinterest board to show furniture and will follow with others soon.
Over the next few days we will be moving everything out to similar boards all inked from this page. We should have PayPal and PayPal for major credit cards installed in the first part of next week too. We will be using Square for pieces picked up here in Durham.We will also be glad to take checks (hopefully not of the rubber variety :).
Donations Instead of PricesWe aren't going to "price" things as much as suggest a donation. Feel free to offer more or less. We also won't play auctioneer. First come, first served.
Offers below suggested donations for major things like furniture and bicycles will need to be considered. Offers above suggested donations will be immediately accepted. Offers below suggested donations on smaller things will be accepted (most likely).
What's For SaleFurniture Pinterest Board
If you see something you like email me at: MartinSellingZoe(at)aol w/ "Sale" in subject.
Over 200 well cared for records (of the old school vinyl variety).
Over 300 CDs with many box sets.
Over 300 books including about 50 art books.
Art Collection (including Shepard Fairey, Lucy Davis and Ernest Fraiser).
Swatch and Watch Collection (including Keith Haring SEL Watch &; a rare Basquiat watch).
Bicycles including the Specialized Robaix I rode across America in the summer of 2010 (will be glad to sign and have a great picture of the bike on the cover of Duke Notes).
Kitchen Stuff (I don't cook so keep expectations LOW here :).
Lawn, Garden and Tools (I don't do much of this either so again keep expectations low).
Cure Cancer Starter SWAG - People keep asking for Cure Cancer Starter shirts (I wear one almost everyday) so we will have some SWAG to help supporters share the word.
Volunteers ROCKWe need LOTS of help with marketing plans, running our launch event, creating content and a variety of other "mission critical" jobs. If your life has been touched by cancer and you would like to give back we sure could use your help.
Please email: MartinSellingZoe(at)aol and include "Volunteer" in the subject.
Why I’m Selling EverythingI'm "Selling Out For Cancer" because:
- Need the cash for Cure Cancer Starter.
- Don’t want my siblings to have to deal with my STUFF :).
Cash For Cure Cancer StarterAs I shared on my Startups Scoop.it, there is a time in every starutp when a founder must make a tough call. A call to "burn the boats" and go all in. For me, the Story of Cancer Foundation and CureCnacerStarter.org that time is NOW.
I've bet everything on the kindness of strangers before and NEVER been disappointed. Strangers have literally saved my life more than once. Something will work out, it always does. One thing you learn FAST after hearing "cancer" and your name in the same sentence is LIFE is so much more FUN and EASIER than imagined before such news (lol).
Life may be easier, but three truths attached to every software development project I've ever worked on:
- Development always takes longer than you think.
- Development always costs more than you think.
- You never get everything you want.
The first crowdfunding platform dedicated to cancer research and working with leading cancer research centers is going to help cure cancer even though many of the cancer survivors and donors who will use Cure Cancer Starter aren't scientists (including me).
I’m using my Atlantic BT salary (and Atlantic BT's amazing matching grant) to fund CureCancerStarter.org and cash is getting tight, so time to sell everything :). Time to go all in.
My Brother Drew and Sister CarolineI don't want this next piece of why I'm selling out to sound morbid or depressed (or depressing). I am NEITHER morbid or depressed (TIRED yes, depressed no). As I explained to my sister when I set up the foundation last Christmas, I'm not depressed just in a hurry :).
I'm doing good, but I've had 3 rounds of chemo it is important to be realistic. Recently I decided, with my great UNC Lineberger oncologists Dr. Hank van Deventer's agreement, we've reached a point of diminishing returns on chemo. Chemo SUCKS so we are playing it as it lays now.
The GREAT news is Drew’s and Caroline’s genes have been sequenced by the Duke Cancer Institute and they KNOW they will not get the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) my father (Duncan) and I have. I’m glad my sister, brother and mother (Elizabeth Martin) were included in Duke’s study and even more glad they won't battle this cancer. Chances are good (about 1 in 3) they will battle some cancer, so we need to CURE CANCER!
My goal is for my sister and brother to have to do NOTHING other than have a little party in a nice setting AND to continue the Story of Cancer Foundation and CureCancerStarter.org's work. 100% of my estate goes to the foundation so what we build NOW will continue even when I'm somewhere else :).
Getting from NOW to then will require the help of strangers...again.
If you are interested in helping stay tuned as we load up books, CDs, watches and more furniture. If you want to volunteer to help, please do so (don't have to be in Durham to help thanks to the crazy Inter-web :).
Cherish you family, friends and LIFE. I already owe so many THANKS it is hard to keep track. To those who are about to help THANKS and YOU ROCK :). To friends who've already helped so MUCH, THANKS and you know you ROCK :). Marty
Not Crazy, Just In A HurryHere are helpful links so you know I'm not crazy, just in a hurry :).
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