There are three ways to join Carol's Team:
As a sponsor:
Writing a major piece of software is an expensive
undertaking, even when much of the work is being done for free. We also have
expenses relating to our outreach and awareness activities. At this point we are
supported solely through the generosity of our individual sponsors, although we
are working on some corporate arrangements.
Carol's Team is a non-profit organization and your
contribution is fully tax deductible. You may send donations to:
12474 Larkwood Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
We would like to put our sponsors on the web site, but if you
prefer to be anonymous, just let us know. If there's a special message you'd
like to post also, please send that along as well. We particularly like getting
notes from people who know Carol or have other first-hand experience with ALS
If you like what we're doing, but are more comfortable
supporting a more established organization, we suggest the ALS Foundation and
the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Both help ALS victims and are active in
supporting the use of communication devices. It would be helpful to both our
efforts and theirs if you told them we sent you.
As a participant:
If you'd like to participate directly in our outreach and
awareness activities, including racing with the team, send us an email
indicating your interest. While we do have some accomplished athletes on the
team, we are not exclusive. In fact, you don't have to race at all. We can
always use support people.
We should state that if what you're looking for is some
sort of sweet sponsorship deal, you've pretty much missed the point of this
organization. It's true that our athletes who raise enough money receive some
assistance with expenses, but they could easily get better deals via more
traditional sponsorship arrangements.
This is an opportunity to turn a fun activity into
something that can touch people's lives in a very meaningful way.
As a developer:
If you have some software expertise that you'd like to
lend to the efforts, we could surely use the help. The code will be written in
C++ unless we get overrun by offers from Java programmers. Experience with
pattern recognition, hashing, and fuzzy logic is a plus, but not required.
Most of the effort involves working with the linguistic
database. Anybody with a firm command of the English language can help in this
regard. We also need users - lots of 'em - to help test the product and
tune the word distribution.