Kazoo Challenge


The Cause

If you knew this little girl had cancer and were fighting for her life, what would you say?

Most of us would say something to make her smile or laugh. Maybe tell a story to take her mind off it and help her experience what a normal life for a child should be. And it would last for a few seconds. Perhaps a minute or two. Inevitably, her mind will return to the bleak reality that she has cancer and may only have days or weeks left to say “I love you” to her parents and siblings.

What if you could make that feeling last for hours or days? Would you do it?

You can do it, but we need your help to make that happen.

This past summer, over 1,500 children from around the world took part in Camp Good Days activities at Keuka Lake in upstate NY. These events are offered free of charge to these families and rely completely on corporate and individual donations from people around the world. People like you.

The Challenge

My name is Mike Taber. I was giving a speech at MicroConf in Prague, Czech Republic, discussing sales tactics I’d used to sell an average of more than 1 kazoo per minute over the course of 4 straight hours as part of a Camp Good Days fundraiser. While the sales results were impressive, three attendees saw fit to use the same sales tactics I’d just taught them to convince me to do it again at a much bigger scale. It worked.

They challenged me to sell more than 10 times as many kazoos by doing it over the internet. However, since the cost of delivery of physical kazoos to donors would substantially reduce the money being raised, I convinced them to drop the sale of kazoos in favor of simply soliciting donations. And so came the words:

“We challenge you to secure $5,000 in donations for little kids with cancer.”

So there you have it. My goal is to reach $5,000 in donations to help children with cancer. Whether you know who I am or not, it’s hard to argue that there are children out there who want nothing more than to be a normal kid. By helping raise money for Camp Good Days, we can do that together.

To help kick things off, I’m donating $100 myself. Maybe you can do more. Maybe you can’t. But even if it’s just $25, every little bit helps. Thank you for your support.

The People

Mike Taber is a blogger, podcaster, conference co-host and entrepreneur. He’s been self employed since 2005 and involved with startups since 2003.

Camp Good Days & Special Times is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity. For over 30 years, Camp Good Days & Special Times has been improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges through summer camping experiences and year-round events and activities.