I had the incredible honor of speaking and participating in forums at the D-Day museum in New Orleans this past Friday. Check out
that link to see what it was about.
I got to sit with Johnny Pesky for about an hour, and also Jerry Coleman, and ask them questions about their time spent in the service of our country during WWII. In addition to being able to particpate in the French Government’s recognition of Arizona WWII veterans back in 2002 this was absolutely a lifetime highlight. My daughter Gabriella was able to assist in the presentation of the medals to the heroic men that attended. The exhibit is one that features pictures and items of the men who played professional baseball during the Second World War, along with the extremely long list of men who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and many others, around the world.
This even capped off a fantastic week. Obviously the contract getting done was a great day but it was at the bottom of the list of things that happened this week.
Last Saturday we held the 4th Annual Curts Pitch for ALS event in Boston, followed by Shonda’s surprise 40th birthday party. Both events went incredibly well and the local chapter ran another fantastic event and raised a ton of money.
On Monday we held the 14th annual Schilling Fore ALS Golf Tournament in Philadelphia, as well as the 14th annual Curts Pitch 4 ALS gathering. Both events were packed and raised huge money for the local ALS Chapter.
On Tuesday Shonda was in Springfield for the launching of the Survivors Calendar. 14 women showed off their most meaningful and beautiful scars as cancer survivors in a calendar that will raise money for the Shade Foundation.
On Thursday it was off to Phoenix for the 7th Annual Drive 4 ALS Golf Tournament and 7th Annual Curts Pitch for ALS event as well. Again both events were incredibly well attended and the local Arizona Chapter raised a lot of money.
I can’t thank the fans, patients, families, and surviving family members in Boston, Arizona and Philadelphia enough. I’ve been away from Philly for 7 years now, and Arizona for over 4, yet the fans in both cities still support our charities there as if we still played there. It speaks volumes about the people and the communities in both places.
We continue to hope and pray that next years parties will be celebrations, a cure is coming, and we are now at a point when it truly is about the money. Research in neurological illness, as it is with most fatal diseases, is astronomically high. Someone, somewhere, is going to pledge that final dollar that finds a cure.
Why not you? www.als-ma.org
One last footnote for Medfield residents. My oldest son is playing on the local Medfield team, and they are playing for the Super Bowl Sunday at 11am! Show those colors and root for the good guys!