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Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation – The End and the Total

Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation is officially over!

Just in case someone missed the memo 😛

Let’s calculate the total:

Right before the Migraine Charity Drive began on June 26th, I had 17 sales.
On June 30th, The number of sales went up to 23.
Since Amazon doesn’t post sale’s data immediately, I waited till June 3rd. So, there was one more sale registered for July.
This makes it 7 sales during the fundraiser.

The books are 99c and my royalties from each sale are 35c. That brings us to a whooping $2.45 collected for MRF.

What can I say, good thing I pledged $50 in advance 😛

And, there’s one more dollar in the tally on behalf of Helen White on account of her being nice. Tell her Thanks on Twitters, BTW: https://twitter.com/Helen_White2011

Which brings us to a total of $53.45.

So, this is my donation to MRF, with the help of everyone who bought the books. I hope that the direct donations this great organization received during the time of the Charity drive was many times more.

Here are the screenshots from Amazon’s sales report:

Once again, My Thanks go to Shoshana Werber, MRF’s Senior Development and Marketing Manager, for helping me figure out what I need to do in order to make this event happen and Teri Robert, for pointing me towards a worthy charitable organization that really cares about migraineurs.

Big Thank You to Charity Parkerson https://twitter.com/CharityParkerso  for huge help in spreading the word around.

Shutout to:

Zoe Saadia https://twitter.com/ZoeSaadia
AO Bibliophile https://twitter.com/aobibliophile
Elise Stokes https://twitter.com/CassidyJonesAdv
Ford Forkum https://twitter.com/FordForkum

and Melina Turner https://www.facebook.com/Melina.turner003

For help with the re-tweets and donations, just to name a few.

Also, everyone who helped selflessly me with their support and ideas and attended FB event – you know who you are – thank you!

And please don’t forget – while this fundraiser is over, you can still – should, I’d better say – donate to the Migraine Research Foundation:

Migraineresearchfoundation.org

Also, check them out on Twitter @MigraineRF and on Facebook facebook.com/migraineresearch

Feel free to ask me any follow-up questions. I am on Twitter @olegmedvedkov and on Facebook facebook.com/OlegMedvedkov

Cheers!

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Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter! Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation July 1st – Last Day!

 

This is the last day of  Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation.

Thank you to all who joined in and helped with this. Still, there’s one more day left so, please keep on keeping on!

 

1.  Click here to see “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” books on Amazon. All the loyalties from each sale will go directly to Migraine Research Foundation.

2.  If you prefer, you can donate to Migraine Research Foundation separately on their website: migraineresearchfoundation.org

3.  Please help to spread the word – Tweets, Facebook Shares and Blog Posts will be greatly appreciated. MFR – @MigraineRF and facebook.com/migraineresearch, Oleg Medvedkov – @olegmedvedkov and  facebook.com/OlegMedvedkov

If you are on Facebook, please join us at the event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/326937120721357/

 

Cheers!


Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter – Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation June 29-30

Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter – Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation

Q&A

Q: How much those books cost?

A: All the books from Take a Break & Have a Laugh Series are $0.99 or ninety-nine cents.

Q: How would we know that you gave ALL the money to charity?

A: I am going to post screenshots from Amazon’s Month-to-Date Unit Sales. The first one – right before the fundraiser goes in effect, to show how many sales I had before. The last one – right after it ended to show everyone the number of books sold and you are welcome to count them. I am also planning to post some results daily, just to keep things interesting.

Q: Why are the books on Amazon?

A: Amazon is a secure and trusted platform and almost everyone shops there.

Q: How much in royalties are we talking about from a sale of a single book?

A: For books that cost $0.99, a writer gets from Amazon 35% royalties.

Q: How would you, Oleg, benefit from this?

A: I have migraines. If, as a migraineur, I help funding research into migraine treatments, it will benefit me as well as other tens of millions of migraine sufferers in the US alone. Also, as a writer, I get more people to read my books. So, as you can see, I am benefiting twice. 😛

Q: You have a Russian-sounding name. Are you a member of Russian Mafia?

A: No, I am not. Or, for my linguistically-talented readers – Nyet, tovarisch 😛 .

Q: That baby you are holding in your profile picture, where did you get it?

A: That’s my nephew, Brent, when he was in his kitten stage. Now he is three years old and can skateboard. So there 😛

Please don’t forget to join us at the event on Facebook –> Just Click Here.

🙂


Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter! Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation – June 28

 

Just a reminder on the activities:

1.  Click here to see “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” books on Amazon. Pick a book you like, buy it and ALL the loyalties from each sale will go directly to Migraine Research Foundation.

2.  Or, donate to Migraine Research Foundation directly on their website: migraineresearchfoundation.org

3. Check out National Migraine Awareness Month Facebook Event by Teri Robert and Ellen Schnakenberg:
https://www.facebook.com/events/230665660382933/

and our own event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/326937120721357/

 

Any questions or suggestions – feel free contact me through FB or Twitter. Please don’t be shy.

 

Cheers!

Oleg


Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter! Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation Re:Launch

Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter!

Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation.

On the last week of Migraine Awareness Month, I am running a fundraising event for the Migraine Research Foundation.

Dates of the event: Wednesday, June 27th to Sunday, July 1st, 2012.

 

The Migraine Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding migraine research in the United States. To quote Stephen Semlitz, co-founder and Chairman of the Board – “The Migraine Research Foundation hopes that everyone who suffers from migraine will eventually have an effective treatment that they can count on to allow them to live a healthy, happy and productive life.” In other words – a Very Worthy Cause.

 

During the days of a Charity Drive, I will donate ALL the royalties from the sales of my books from “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” series of books to MRF. Once again – when you buy any “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” book between June 27th and July 1st of 2012 inclusively, all the profit I get from Amazon as a writer goes to Migraine Research Foundation.

 

“Take a Break & Have a Laugh” are collections of short humorous stories written by yours truly. And when I say short – I mean bite-sized. For example – you can read one story in the volume while waiting in line in a store or while having a cup of coffee. BTW, please go easy on coffee if you have migraines, OK? 🙂

 

Why funny stories and why do I write them? That’s easy – because I have migraines and the rest of the baggage that comes with it. If you are a migraineur, you know what I am talking about. Written as a “Laughter Therapy”, these volumes contain stories that are designed to make the reader feel better, more positive and energetic. Laughter is not exactly a cure but it sure makes life easier, especially for people like us.

 

Just to make sure MRF receives a donation no matter how MUCH of a great success this Charity Drive will be, I am starting the ball rolling by pledging to Migraine Research Foundation $50 upfront.

 

What can YOU do to help this Charity Drive?

1.  Click here to see “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” books on Amazon. All the loyalties from each sale will go directly to Migraine Research Foundation.

2.  If you prefer, you can donate to Migraine Research Foundation separately on their website: migraineresearchfoundation.org

3.  Please help to spread the word – Tweets, Facebook Shares and Blog Posts will be greatly appreciated. MFR – @MigraineRF and facebook.com/migraineresearch, Oleg Medvedkov – @olegmedvedkov and  facebook.com/OlegMedvedkov

If you are on Facebook, please join us at the event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/326937120721357/

Through the duration of the event, the updates and Q&A will be posted on olegmedvedkov.wordpress.com

Any thoughts, comments or opinions – please let us know.

We are combining Laughter therapy with research for migraine cures, people! Let’s make this Charity Drive a success!


Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter – Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation, Day 1 – June 27th

Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation.

Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter!

Day 1 – June 27th

It’s officially the first day of the Charity Drive, June 27th, 2012. Let’s do this by Pacific Time since it’s easy to track on Amazon.

I’ve uploaded a picture for the Facebook event:

It’s am old painting, a caricature, really, but it does deliver the message – it hurts!

As promised, here’s my sales report taken at midnight exactly (Click to see larger image):

Visit us at the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/312063938888196/

Please join, invite your friends and spread the word.

Let’s make this charity drive a success!


Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter – Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation

Hi. I had an idea. I would organize a fundraising event for the Migraine Research Foundation and it would be awesome. So, here it goes.

Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation.

Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter!

On the last week of Migraine Awareness Month, Wednesday, June 27 to Sunday, July 1, I am running a fundraising event for the Migraine Research Foundation.

The Migraine Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding migraine research in the United States. To quote Stephen Semlitz, co-founder and Chairman of the Board – “The Migraine Research Foundation hopes that everyone who suffers from migraine will eventually have an effective treatment that they can count on to allow them to live a healthy, happy and productive life.” In other words – a Very Worthy Cause.

During the days of a Charity Drive, I will donate ALL the royalties from the sales of my books from “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” series of books to MRF. Once again – when you buy any “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” book between June 27 and July 1 of 2012 inclusively, all the profit I get from Amazon as a writer goes to Migraine Research Foundation.

“Take a Break & Have a Laugh” are collections of short humorous stories written by yours truly. And when I say short – I mean bite-sized. For example – you can read one story in the volume while waiting in line in a store or while having a cup of coffee. BTW, please go easy on coffee if you have migraines, OK? 🙂

Why funny stories and why do I write them? That’s easy – because I have migraines and the rest of the baggage that comes with it. If you are a migraineur, you know what I am talking about. Laughter is not exactly a cure but it sure makes life easier, especially for people like us.

We are combining Laughter therapy with research for migraine cures, people! So, please click on the link and see if you like any of the books:

Click here to see “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” books on Amazon.

Let’s make this Charity Drive a success!

Just to make sure MRF receives a donation no matter how MUCH of a great success this Charity Drive will be, I am starting the ball rolling by pledging to Migraine Research Foundation $50 upfront.

Please spread the word – Tweets, Re-Tweets, Blogging and Re-Blogging, Facebook Shares and Pidgin Mail are appreciated!

And, of course, please join us at the event on Facebook. Just Click Here.

My Thanks go to Shoshana Werber, MRF’s Senior Development and Marketing Manager, for helping me figure out what I need to do in order to make this event happen and Teri Robert, for pointing me towards a worthy charitable organization that really cares about migraineurs. Also, those who helped selflessly me with their support and ideas – you know who you are – thank you! 🙂

If you prefer to donate to Migraine Research Foundation separately, you can do so on their website:

migraineresearchfoundation.org

Also, check them out on Twitter @MigraineRF and on Facebook facebook.com/migraineresearch

Feel free to ask me any questions. I am on Twitter @olegmedvedkov and on Facebook facebook.com/OlegMedvedkov

Cheers!

Oleg

Q&A

Q: How much those books cost?

A: All the books from Take a Break & Have a Laugh Series are $0.99 or ninety-nine cents.

Q: How would we know that you gave ALL the money to charity?

A: I am going to post screenshots from Amazon’s Month-to-Date Unit Sales. The first one – right before the fundraiser goes in effect, to show how many sales I had before. The last one – right after it ended to show everyone the number of books sold and you are welcome to count them. I am also planning to post some results daily, just to keep things interesting.

Q: Why are the books on Amazon?

A: Amazon is a secure and trusted platform and almost everyone shops there.

Q: How much in royalties are we talking about from a sale of a single book?

A: For books that cost $0.99, a writer gets from Amazon 35% royalties.

Q: How would you, Oleg, benefit from this?

A: I have migraines. If, as a migraineur, I help funding research into migraine treatments, it will benefit me as well as other tens of millions of migraine sufferers in the US alone. Also, as a writer, I get more people to read my books. So, as you can see, I am benefiting twice. 😛

Q: You have a Russian-sounding name. Are you a member of Russian Mafia?

A: No, I am not. Or, for my linguistically-talented readers – Nyet, tovarisch 😛 .

Q: That baby you are holding in your profile picture, where did you get it?

A: That’s my nephew, Brent, when he was in his kitten stage. Now he is three years old and can skateboard. So there 😛


Migraine Supplements

Right before wrapping up my migraine blog a few years back, I promised my readers that I would post the list of supplements I take, seeing that they work well for me. To my shame, I never wrote that article.

When talking with Pen who runs FMS/CFS/IBS/MIGRAINE Group, she reminded me of that promise.

The bellow is only a list of the supplements I take. I’ve waxed lyrically back in the day why one or the other supplement works or doesn’t and if I were to repeat myself, I’d need to write more than a fast write up. I will, however, post the links to raingem.com’s  relevant collections of articles. So, here it goes.

Morning:

  • Vitamin C
  • B vitamin complex
  • Coral Calcium plus Magnesium
  • CoQ10
  • Vitamin D3
  • DL-Phenylalanine

Daytime:

  • Magnesium
  • L-Tryptophan

Evening/Night:

  • Magnesium
  • Fish Oil
  • Milk Thistle
  • Melatonin
  • L-Tryptophan
  • GABA
  • 5-HTP (optional)

In addition to the above, and this is just in the spirit of full disclosure, for I am not 100% sure if this actually does anything for my migraines:

  • Piracetam
  • Choline
  • Inositol

These I take twice a day, morning and late afternoon. Piracetam really helps to cut through the mental fog. However, and this is important, taking it without Choline for a long time might actually lead to headaches. Not migraine headaches but still, no reason to risk it – we have enough of aches as is.

Once every three-four month, I get a month’s supply of Zinc pills and eat them diligently. It works wonders for pain in my eyes.

I deliberately skipped writing dosages for the supplements I take. The reason is simple – everyone is different and must find their own. I will mention only Magnesium dosages because most people seem to think that the recommended doze works. It doesn’t, at least not as well as at least 800MG of elemental Magnesium per day and up to 1200MG, if you are a on a large size.

I’d recommend, however, start with smaller dosages of Magnesium and work your way up – while you can’t overdose on it, it might lead to an upset stomach if you are not used to it.

One more thing to say about supplementation – it does not help immediately. It took me almost a year to build up enough Magnesium in my system for it to have a profound effect.

As I said before, this is just a quick list of supplement. If you have any questions – why this supplement or how much of that one should I take or are you crazy, please ask. I’ll linking to this article in FMS/CFS/IBS/MIGRAINE Group. If you are on Facebook, come over and we’ll talk there as well.

Reference:

Vitamin supplements

Natural supplements

Calcium-Magnesium Balance


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