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Together, we’ve been raising funds for Make-A-Wish and its efforts to grant wishes to kids – including young Chicago Cubs fans who want Cubs-related experiences – for just one week, and we’ve already hit $4,600. I can’t thank you enough for your enthusiasm and generosity. Seriously: I think about that number in one week of fundraising, and I’m blown away. You all are the best.

But I’m greedy when it comes to helping out young Cubs fans, and you should be greedy with my Trade Deadline time. Which is to say: we need to get to $6,000 at a minimum, and I need your help to get us there.

If we raise $6,000 for Make-A-Wish – the cost of sponsoring a wish – I will blog for 30 hours straight at the Trade Deadline later this month. Yes, I mean exactly what that sounds like: I’ll be attached to my computer even more nerdily than I already am, writing/tweeting/reading/commenting/Facebooking/obsessing constantly for 30 straight hours, right up until the deadline on July 31. No sleep. No breaks. Crazy amounts of caffeine.

And if you go over $6,000 in funds raised, I’ll tack on an additional hour of coverage, up to 36 hours. I’ll even round up (so, $6,001 will get you 31 hours, minimum).

If that sounds like fun to you – boy, howdy, it sure sounds like fun to me! – then you’ve got to help make it happen by donating to Make-A-Wish. Every dollar goes straight to Make-A-Wish with the intention that it be used to help grant the wishes of kids who want a Chicago Cubs experience.

There is no loser here, except maybe my wife. You get over-the-top coverage at one of the most important times of the year. Make-A-Wish gets to keep doing the wonderful work that it does for children with life-threatening conditions. And you get the good feeling that comes along with doing something genuinely good for other people.

This is as win-win as it gets. Thanks for your consideration. Please go here to donate to Make-A-Wish and to get us to our goal.

  • Whiteflag

    Just Awesome.

  • EricR

    This is what goodness is. Brett, thank you for doing this.

  • Jason Powers

    Done. Get your Monster (or granola snacks ready!)

    • Brett

      Thank you so much. I actually have an energy drink left in the back of my fridge from last year (that’s sad). I probably will not drink that one.

      • hansman1982

        When hour 32 passes, my money is on you drinking it…

      • Jason Powers

        Processed sugar holds its value forever! 😉

  • Oswego chris

    This is really cool, and I will be contributing soon…

  • Idaho Razorback

    C’mon Cub fans. If we can’t help this young child out we have issues. We have 20+ days to do this.

  • BJS

    No offense Brett, but even without the 30(+) hours of straight blogging, this is a cause well worth supporting… the blogging is just gravy! Happy to support these efforts at any point in time through BN… and hopefully, it will help spurn others to donate to their local chapters as well, as it has for me!

  • BleedCubbieBlue

    “There is no loser here, except maybe my wife.”

    There is a joke in there somewhere…its just not coming to me.

  • jpeck

    OK Brett. Let’s test your instincts. Does Garza get traded before or after the 20th?
    if you get it right I will donate $100. If you get it wrong I will donate $50. Good luck

    • Brett

      Ha. My sense is not before the All-Star break, so I guess I’ll say after.

  • JulioZuleta

    Wow, great response to this post. Absolutely incredible. Hit it.

    • Brett

      Oh, my God. I just checked – that is incredible. I really can’t believe how generous all of you are. I mean, I should believe it, because it’s a great cause and you’re great people … but … wow. I’m overwhelmed.

  • North Side Irish

    I see that Bleacher Nation got name dropped by Jonah Keri on Grantland…how much longer are we going to have Brett to ourselves?

    • Brett

      Well that’s cool – especially so, given that I tend to think Jonah Keri is awesome.

    • JulioZuleta


    • mak

      Was just about to post the same. That’s awesome. Jonah is the best.

  • Rich H

    WOW at 6200 now. Great Job Brett. Now lets get him to 12000. Get your coffee and energy drinks up front buddy your are going to need it.

  • jh03

    This makes me so freakin’ proud to be a Cubs fan. Not only was it a great, and selfless, idea by Brett, but the entire community has responded to it. Cubs fans are the best.

  • Austin

    Wow who ever gave the $1000 is amazing.

    • MichiganGoat


    • JoeyCollins

      was wondering if someone jumped in with a huge donation for it to go up so fast this morning. That is really awesome, great job everyone.

  • Tim

    We are almost at 31 hours now!

  • Eric

    This is a good cause, but staying up for 30+ hours is not necessary. You can get a nice 2 hour nap from like 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Seriously, nothing is going to happen then. No reason to make yourself sick.

  • rhino70

    Congratulations Brett! Hitting $6K is awsome!

  • JulioZuleta


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