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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.


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.

Jonathan Oswaks
Head Coach CRESPI Carmelite Lacrosse


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I stopped by the office of one of my colleagues last week to see how she was doing. Monica is a wonderful person who is married, has 3 young children and she is also taking care of her parents who live in her home. Her father is a diabetic who is receiving dialysis several times a week and whose health has deteriorated to the point where he now needs around the clock care so she has been looking for a facility for him. She is doing all of this and working a full-time job as well.

As we chatted, I mentioned that I just don’t understand how she does it all. She responded that what she has had to deal with this year is nothing compared to what I had to handle with cancer and that I have served as an inspiration to her. Very frankly, I couldn’t understand how this could be so.

I thought about what she had said and tried to give it some perspective. I finally realized that the reason that I felt that what I had experienced was not that big of a deal was because of love and support that I had received and continue to receive from my husband, Kirk. Whenever I had anything with which to deal, he was there. When surgery was scheduled, all I had to do was show up and he took care of everything from there.

It is difficult to explain how the constant support of my husband made all the difference in the world. He has always been so supportive with everything that needed to be done around the house as we both work. But now he was doing everything that you can imagine and more. Not only did I not have to lift a finger to do anything but he also went above and beyond to help me have something else on which I could focus by doing special things like getting me a gift card for shopping online. He was also the inspiration for this blog and set it up for me and still handles the site and the postings each week. I can’t even begin to list everything that he has done for me. I was always physically and mentally as comfortable as anyone could possibly be under such circumstances and could not have wanted for anything more.

My husband was and continues to be my inspiration and there will never be any words or deeds or gifts or anything that I could do or give to him that would ever express my true gratitude. To have someone in my life who is so loving and caring and giving is everything to me. He is a shining example about how we should love and cherish one another and as a result of what he has shown me, I want to find a way in which I can help and support others in their personal struggles with cancer. If I can give to others at least a portion of what he has given to me, I know that I can make a real difference in those people’s lives. There is nothing more important to any of us than the support of others and knowing that someone cares.

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I know that this is the next component that I want to tackle in this series and immediately after I created this new page, I had absolutely no idea regarding what I should write. No inspiration – nothing – nada. So when I find myself in this situation with regard to anything that I wish to accomplish, I just set it aside and come back to it at a later time when the inspiration has finally arrived.I believe that inspiration is given to us. I first learned this when I wrote the lyrics to the music on our CD “Let Life Happen”. I had never written a single lyric in my life. I had never had any desire to do so. But, one morning as I was waking up, the words were in my head so I wrote them down and within 20 minutes, I had the first lyrics completed. I had no idea what I would do with what I had but it didn’t matter.This process was repeated for some unremembered period of time with the same thing happening over and over, always on a Sunday morning, always as I was just waking and almost all of them were completed within 20 minutes. For the few where I only received partial lyrics, I would set them aside and come back to them later until the remainder of the lyrics arrived. I later realized that this was the way that my desire to do something in the way of a meaningful project with my husband had actually materialized from my prayers.

So, that was when I learned that if I wanted to accomplish something in my life, I would put that desire out into the universe and wait for the inspiration to arrive. In my own personal life, for me that is in the form of prayer where I ask my God for what I desire, in the most general terms, and wait for it to arrive. It is not always in the timeframe that I personally would like but it does always arrive at exactly at the right moment.

The most important thing to do is to act upon that inspiration when it is received. You will never accomplish anything that will create happiness for you unless you are willing to do your very best when you have an opportunity. For example, I have a project in which I have been interested for about 7 years now. Five years ago, I received an inspiration about what to do and acted upon it but nothing came to fruition. I did learn a lot from the work that I did for that effort though.

I have just recently been given another direction in which to take this project and believe me, I am acting upon it. I don’t have to push anything or anybody but I do need to get a clear picture in my mind of the direction that I need to take, formulate a plan and just do what needs to be done. Should I find that any part of the plan is not working as I go along, I will modify it as necessary. If you just listen to your instincts, I believe that we have the answers to everything inside of us.

I think that life is really very easy. I believe that we have the answers to everything inside of ourselves. I don’t mean that literally. But I believe that if I don’t know what to do or how to do something, I do know who can help or where to go for the answers that I need. And when I don’t know what to do, then I just pray for the answers to be given to me and know that they will always arrive at exactly the right moment.

The other point that I would like to share is that the worse thing that we can do to ourselves is to create timetables for our lives. How many people set out to do a 5-year or 10-year plan regarding what they plan to do or where they plan to be in life by the time that they are 30 or 40 or 50? Then when they don’t meet those deadlines, they feel that they have failed. Well, I just remember something that I heard a long time ago that went something like this – there are two plans for my life, my plan and God’s plan. Guess which one is going to win out? If I keep that in mind, then I will enjoy each day for what it brings to my life and when I receive an inspiration, I will know that it arrived at exactly the right moment when all of the other pieces of the puzzle are also in place.


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