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An Honor.

November 10, 2007

I had the incredible honor of speaking and participating in forums at the D-Day museum in New Orleans this past Friday. Check out

http://www.nationalww2museum.org/exhibits/temporary.html 

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!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. ianbeyer permalink
    November 11, 2007 1:19 am

    The WWII museum is a must-see for every American. Several years ago, I was in New Orleans for a conference, and got to visit the museum on December 7th. It was an immensely moving experience for me. Unfortunately, the Pacific wing of the museum was still being built at the time. I need to get back there and see it again.

  2. jbbrennx permalink
    November 11, 2007 2:01 am

    Thanks for your Dedication. My mother passed away from breast cancer, and I am very thankful that your work appears to be a catalyst to get people to not only care, but be proactive.

    JBB

  3. scsoxfan permalink
    November 11, 2007 7:37 am

    Great Curt. Its people like you that get the job done. Good luck to your son. Gary

  4. easternballer12 permalink
    November 11, 2007 8:18 am

    Good for you getting to do all that, and Happy 40th Shonda!

  5. yellekkcir56 permalink
    November 11, 2007 8:54 am

    How refreshing it is to see a professional athelete show that life is more important than sports. You and your family remind me of the values my parents taught me about the priorities in life. You have chosen your path well and your work with ALS creates balance which I believe gives you the karma enabling you to have such success in your professional life. The work that some retired Red Sox players such as Mike Andrews and Dwight Evans does proves my point. Please accept my deepest apreciation for the work you and Shondra do, especially off the field. Best wishes for the completion of a great career and a rewarding life after you retire. I will be at Cooperstown in six years to help you celebrate your baseball acheivements and look forward to seeing #38 on the right field upper deck in the future. May God bless you and your family for giving us the pleasure not only just seeing you play, but reminding me what is most important in life.

  6. sox4me permalink
    November 11, 2007 11:05 am

    Curt
    Thank you for not forgetting our veterans! My husband is a 24 year retired Viet Nam veteran – it’s always heart warming when ‘celebrities’ publicly support our men and women in uniform

    AND THANKS FOR SIGNING WITH THE RED SOX AGAIN

  7. morineko permalink
    November 11, 2007 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the link to the museum–well, you linked it before, but I didn’t follow it. I had no idea that it existed. I knew about this one in Superior, Wisconsin but still haven’t had enough time to visit it (next year, always next year.)

    Those panels sounded dreadfully interesting. At least there are book-links for those of us who couldn’t be there to follow.

  8. bethiekate permalink
    November 11, 2007 9:33 pm

    On a similar note, in Danvers there is an organization called Operation Troop Support. You can get more information from their website at http://www.troopsupportusa.com. It is a non-profit organization founded by two private citizens to support troops overseas along with family members. It is done by local support groups, care packages sent overseas and many, many other ways. This weekend, my son participated in a soccer tournament that gives its proceeds to this incredible organization. Last year the tournament gave $5,000! Recently, two girl scouts collected left over Halloween candy from elementary students and had a pick up truck overflowing with goodies for the troops and children overseas. Several weeks ago, Terry O’Reilly came and gave autographs for donations. Check out the website and see the great work these people do!

  9. jjccb permalink
    November 14, 2007 1:30 pm

    It was an honor to hear you and the others speak Friday, Curt. I only got to hear half of it, (Traffic) but what I did hear was very enjoyable. I live in Baton Rouge, but that was my first time to the museum, and my dad and I are very glad that we attended. We plan to return with the rest of my family soon.

    Btw, I heard that today was your birthday… If that is so, happy birthday, and a late happy fortieth to your wife. 🙂

  10. sully64 permalink
    December 22, 2007 11:32 am

    It’s always good to see people remember our veterans. My uncle fought in the 75TH inf. in WWII, and again in Korea and Vietnam as an Army ranger. most of my family served in a war at sometime in the past 180 years. On this day back in 1944 our troops were in a savage battle to stop Hitlers last gasp effort to turn the tide of the war in Europe. This would later become known as the battle of the bulge. The weather was bitter cold and snow was falling on the troops as they battled the fierce german assault. Belgian civilians and American prisoners were executed in snow covered fields, and many of our troops were cut off and surrounded. Many people have sacrificed for the freedom from tyranny that we all want. God bless all the veterans around the world and have a great holiday and an even greater New Year!

  11. kdoll998 permalink
    June 20, 2008 11:19 pm

    Curt: I also want to thank you for the thrilling games you pitched. World Series time, my older sister and I are always glued to the TV until each game is over. Baseball is always a fun time for fans, and you’ve made it more exciting. You know Curt, don’t worry about tomorrow, God is already there. He has promised not to put us through what we can’t handle. I really believe that and I know He will be with you now to give you peace about surgery, and watch over the surgery process. My prayers are with you. God bless!

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