Tag Archives: St. Baldrick’s Foundation

At age 11 and fighting cancer, Wayne taught me how to live

Original version published in July 2013. Wayne died Dec, 2, 2010. Watching a child die should slap us in the face, provide some perspective as to what’s really important and how we should live our lives. That’s what my little … Continue reading

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Taco-loving identity thief delayed donation to cancer research

The more I think about this, the more pissed I get. Last week one of my sons went online to donate to cancer research, but somehow his credit card number had been stolen. Fortunately, Visa froze his card and it … Continue reading

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The driving force behind St. Baldrick’s success in Syracuse

It takes thousands of volunteers and donors to raise almost $500,000 for pediatric cancer research at one event. It also takes one hell of a master of ceremonies to pull it off. Meet Charles “Chow” Downey. He presides over the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser … Continue reading

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‘Kicked the bucket’ and other colorful obituaries

I confess I’m a regular reader of the obit page. When I come across someone whose formal obituary uses a phrase like “kicked the bucket,” I have to read it. This happened today, and it provides another example of the … Continue reading

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Balloons sent to heaven for ‘Ms. Toots’ on her 2nd birthday

“Ms. Toots” would have smiled and blown kisses to everybody who came to honor her on her second birthday Wednesday. Arie Baugh lost her fight with kidney cancer in July, two months shy of turning 2 years old. Arie’s mom … Continue reading

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To ease a parent’s grief, say the child’s name aloud

Every year the children’s hospital in Syracuse, NY, hosts a memorial service for its young patients who are now “angels.” Many things resonated with me Friday night as I sat among several dozen families who had lost a child to … Continue reading

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Losing your shirt in the Emergency Room can be OK

I figure there’s no better place to keel over than in a hospital emergency room. To test that hypothesis (sort of), I went to the ER last weekend with my sister, who was feeling the effects of food poisoning. As … Continue reading

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I’m shaving my head again for St. Baldrick’s cancer research

I’m going bald again this spring, quite willingly. For the sixth consecutive March, I’ll join more than 400 others — men, women and children — at our local St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. Ten at a time, … Continue reading

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Hats off to a few blogs that shine a light on our world

I’m still one of the new guys on the blogosphere block, but the neighborhood is getting more welcoming, more like a community. They even give out awards here. Mark Bialczak, my longtime writing buddy, kindly nominated me for the Lighthouse Award … Continue reading

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