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Walk Like A Man

Walk Like A Man

Part 3

The men’s lacrosse team from Crespi High School in Encino, CA is doing a fabulous job of raising funds for the walk. In a little more than a month, they have raised $26,500 toward their goal of $140,000 which they hope to reach by the end of the year. That is just awesome. But how do we get the word out about this special community event that we hope will become a national cause to be embraced by every high school athletic team across the country?

If you are like me, I don’t have a lot of money to give to other causes when I am trying to pay my bills and keep things going in this economy. But I certainly can find some time to help these young people to be successful with their own event and to inspire others to do the same in their local communities. And I sure can use your help to do the same.

I have spent the week contacting the local media to provide coverage about what these guys are doing and to request coverage of the actual event. So far, I haven’t heard anything back but I am continuing to reach more media contacts who may be interested.

I am contacting friends who might be interested in participating in the walk and obtain sponsorship from their family and friends for their efforts. These contributions are really needed to fund the research and the testing needed to bring an end to this disease.

I have spoken to friends and associates to garner interest in other local communities to sponsor events at their local high schools. All of the help that they would need to organize such an event is readily available and accessible through the lacrosse coach who is the inspiration for this whole idea.

And I am trying to reach out to bloggers and participants on a variety of social networks to help get the word out across the country. If my “friends” would be willing to send out the information to their “friends”, we just might be able to pick up a massive support from other high schools.

If anyone has any suggestions for additional things I might do, please let me know. And if you are willing to help with this cause, please let me know or go to the school’s website at http://www.crespi.dojiggy.com. Your efforts are appreciated more than you will ever know.

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“Walk Like A Man” Walk-a-thon for Breast Cancer Testing and Research

Part 2

After I finished last week’s blog, I realized that it was number 52. What better way to complete a year of weekly postings than to launch such a wonderful project on this site.

I have decided that the best way to provide more information about this special walk is to provide the press release that I have been given. I really would appreciate it if you would read it and please help in any way that you can (see suggestions in last week’s blog). I would love for everyone to support these kids in this huge undertaking. It would be greatly appreciated.

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Lacrosse team at CRESPI Carmelite High School announces 1st Annual Breast Cancer Gene Test Fundraising Walk-A-Thon. Crespi raises $20,000 in one month.

January 16, 2009

Los Angeles, CA: CRESPI Carmelite All Boys High School Boys Lacrosse Team has launched a nationwide fundraiser for breast cancer gene testing (BRCA1 and BRCA2) entitled “Walk Like A Man”. Over the last month, the lacrosse team has raised $20,000 and brought an army of supporters.

This Valentine’s Day, the lacrosse team at CRESPI Carmelite High School will walk the round-trip distance from Los Angeles to New York to raise money for breast cancer gene testing. Crespi Lacrosse will complete the final leg of the Los Angeles-to-New York 5,500 mile distance on foot from the Brooklyn Bridge to Times Square in New York City. It is the hope of the team to present a check live on Good Morning America along with local schools Sewanhaka High School, Hewlett High School, and H. Frank Carey High School.

This nationwide campaign has attracted attention and support from National Football League teams including the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and Atlanta Falcons. As well, artist Peter Max, best known for his iconic 60s cosmic art, donated a piece of his original art for the silent auction and may design a one-of-a-kind art design for the cause, used on t-shirts to be sold online nationwide.

Supporting breast cancer gene testing, the walk-a-thon is the only fundraising event of its kind in the Los Angeles area.

Walk-a-thon “Walk Like A Man”—as well as a silent auction and sock-hop—will bring funding to breast cancer research and testing. Los Angeles’s Cedar Sinai Hospital will be on site at “Walk Like a Man” on February 14th including a booth from their Genetic Risk department. There will be on-site mobile scanning units for early detection as well as a blood mobile and various vendors in the vendor village.

The event, part of a larger “Walk Like A Man” fundraising campaign launched last month by head Crespi Lacrosse Coach Jon Oswaks, aims to raise $140,000 by years end. The CRESPI Lacrosse Team is collecting funds for “Walk Like A Man” through http://crespi.dojiggy.com, spotlight auctions, door-to-door campaigns, apparel sales, corporate donations, and more.

Each player on the CRESPI Lacrosse team is required to walk at least 27.5 miles, raise a minimum of $500.00, and bring 2 friends to each raise $500.00 as well. The total mileage goal for the Walk-A-Thon will be 6.87 miles short of the round-trip distance from Long Island to Los Angeles [5500 miles], leading up to their lacrosse tournament in New York in the spring of 2009. The team will complete the final 6.87 miles on foot from the Brooklyn Bridge, with the hopes of a stop to ABC’s Good Morning America studio in Times Square to present the check live. CRESPI Lacrosse is thrilled that their three competing teams will join them in the walk to present the check.

“Walk Like A Man” will be held on the Crespi Carmelite High School track at 5031 Alonzo Ave Encino, CA 91316 on February 14, 2009. Pre/late registration ($7) and check-in will be from 6:45am – 7:45am on February 14. The walk begins at 8am, with barbeques, entertainment, silent auction, and vendor village to roll out through the day. The online early registration rate of $5 will end on February 11, 2009.

For more information or to register visit http://crespi.dojiggy.com “Walk Like A Man” Walk-A-Thon. Receive a personal webpage and help fundraise.

CONTACT INFO:
Jonathan Oswaks
Head Coach CRESPI Carmelite Lacrosse
805-444-1937
jonathan@gruppee.com

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wlam-web2A high school’s men’s lacrosse team is walking to raise money for breast cancer research and testing. Inspired by the team’s coach, Jonathan Oswaks, the Crespi High School team located in Encino, CA is walking the equivalent of a round trip from Los Angeles to New York where the team will match up with 3 Long Island lacrosse teams in the Spring. Those team members from Sewanhaka, Hewlett and H. Frank Carey High Schools are also participating in this fundraiser and all are walking an astounding 5,500 miles.

The idea of a group of teen, male athletes raising money for a women’s issue was incredible to me. This coach and some of his athletes have had personal experience in dealing with breast cancer in their own families and it is the belief of this coach that every young person will be touched by this disease in their lifetime. With an army of high school athletes out in their communities raising money for this cause, the funding that would be provided for the researchers and for testing is incredible. They would be making a real difference and hopefully be the hope for the future to wipe out this disease in their generation.

Therefore, I am asking for your help. Please check out the website at crespi.dojiggy.com. Here you will find lots of opportunities to make a difference. If you are able to make a financial contribution or contribute something to the silent auction, that would be fabulous. Every dollar that is collected will go to the lacrosse team’s event that will be held on February 14, 2009.

However, that is not the only goal. I would suggest that you take a look at the “Coach’s Challenge”. He is asking that every coach in every sport at every high school across this country get behind this initiative and raise money for this cause. Perhaps you can initiate such a walk to raise money in your community. If that is not a possibility, maybe you would be willing to contact all of your “friends” on MySpace and Twitter and FaceBook and every other internet social network and spread the word. Although there is only one month left until the Crespi High School will hold their big event, there is no reason why the fund raising and support needs to stop on that day. With your help, we can make this the beginning of something wonderful, not the end!

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Originally I had planned to announce a new program this week but it seems that I need to delay it for at least one more week. So, I have decided to address a subject that I have never completely understood nor supported.

Yes, I have made New Year’s resolutions and never was able to keep a single one of them and I do not personally know one other person who has been able to do so for any length of time. Let’s be honest. If it was as easy as setting a date to make a major change in our lives then we would never have to wait until the New Year. We could just decide that today, January 4th, we are going to lose 30 pounds or any other of a long list of personal behaviors that we want to change.

All of our behaviors have evolved over a long period of time and it is totally unrealistic to think that you can just change overnight. Any behavior has some sort of root force within ourselves that needs to be understood and addressed before we can make a major change. And in addition, there has to be some sort of motivation to make that change that can help to sustain the change over a long period of time.

Two years ago, I decided that I wanted to lose weight during 2007. I decided not to set a number. At the end of the year, I had lost 2 pounds. I made the same resolution last year. At the end of 2008, I had lost an additional 8 pounds. This results in a net loss of 10 pounds over the last two years which to me is a major accomplishment and I never had to make this goal an all-consuming focus in my life.

I was aware that there needed to be some changes made but that did not mean that I had to eliminate everything that I most enjoyed. I had to learn that I could still have my favorites, just not as frequently. By not punishing myself by eliminations but rather limiting my selection of those things that were not so good for me, I always knew that I could have those choices so they did not seem so very important anymore and they were not a focus in my daily thinking.

I am going to try that with other things in my life this year. I am going to pursue a number of new goals and I will do so at a pace that works for me. I don’t have to work on everything everyday. I may not even start on some until later in the year. I just know in what areas I wish to make changes and will definitely have made significant progress in all of those areas by the end of 2009. Now that’s a resolution that works for me!

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