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Pro Player Foundation
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I don't want to make a big deal out of this or anything, and I only mention this because it's a good cause.

I'm sure you've all seen my photoblogging entries, but I'm not just a keen amateur photographer. In fact, I do professional photography, and along with The Lovely Christine, am the more-or-less official photographer for the NFL's Pro Player Foundation for events in the San Diego area. The mission of the Pro Player Foundation is to address the needs of underserved young people by raising dollars and awareness through special events and programs.

I mention this because the PPF will be hosting a Dinner With The Pros event, which will be held at Ocean House (formerly Neimans) located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, California, on Thursday, July 20 starting at 6:00 p.m., and The Lovely Christine and I will be on hand to donate our time and materials to take photographs of the event.

Following dinner, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a Q & A session with John Carney and some of Pro Sports most celebrated stars. The evening will feature fine dining, specialty drinks, New Orleans Jazz and a silent and live auction.

This dinner will benefit Teens In Crisis. As New Orleans Saints kicker John Carney's wife, Holly Carney explains:
Ten years ago, my brother, David, fell out of remission from Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer. I was an exact match for a full bone marrow transplant and flew immediately to New York to be my brother's donor in hopes of saving his life. Although the cancer is completely gone now, David's lungs and bones were severely damaged by the chemo and radiation treatment. Over the years, there has been one scare after another and many times our family thought David wouldn't make it, yet God has continued giving him the gift of life. Miraculously, David is living on less than 10% of his lung capacity and is on an oxygen machine full time now, but able to talk, live and participate in life!

With this tragedy came responsibility because David is a single parent of his daughter, our niece, Kodi Marie. For the majority of her life, Kodi has been in constant fear that she would lose her Daddy and it has devastated her. Kodi had become a desperate, confused, scared, rebellious, runaway fourteen-year-old girl who was completely out of control. We have come in contact with a number of troubled teens, but having to experience this crisis within our own family was overwhelming.

We went on a fast track trying to educate ourselves before Kodi was lost to the world forever. We were fortunate to find amazing people and beneficial programs that were equipped to assist us in finding a safe environment where she would be able to continue her education and stay in high school. We discovered a teen placement program that provides the best schools for troubled teens based on each child's profile and needs. These schools for troubled teens are such a gift for families in crisis and for the teenagers to have hope for leading a healthy and productive life.

We feel very passionate about the cause of helping other teens in crisis as a result of this experience. It is our desire to provide financial assistance to the facilities designed to assist in saving so many of our youth and keeping them in school at the same time. We are convinced that our niece would not be continuing her high school education without organizations like TAPS (Teen Adolescent Placement Services) available to aid families such as ours. The cost of helping teens in crisis is so tremendous that not all families can afford to get the help they need. We have decided to focus our energies on trying to make a difference by creating scholarships for these teens in trouble.
You, too can help, by the way, even in a small way, by ordering an "I Will" Wristband from the PPF to show your support for a Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy cure. The wristbands are lime green with the phrase "I WILL" and the PPMD logo stamped into the rubber. They are available for $2 each, or 12 for $20.

If you'd like to donate to the PPF in any amount, even if it's just to spend 2 bucks—200 hundred tiny little pennies—for a Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy wristband, please contact Mary Bednarz by email at Of course, if you can give more, even $5 or $10, contact Mary B and let her know you'd like to give a donation.

And, when you do, let her know that Dale Franks sent you her way, so she knows that you're a QandO reader who cares. Nothing that you give provides and personal benefit to me, apart from the personal satisfaction of seeing that QandO readers are willing to give two bucks to fund research into Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, or three or more bucks to help out children or teenagers whose parents are suffering from serious diseases like MD or Lymphoma.

For you conservative/libertarian readers, this is the perfect opportunity to prove that you're not heartless, uncompassionate bastards. For you liberal readers, this is the perfect opportunity to prove that you don't just think that government coercion is the only morally justifiable form of charity.

That should get everybody on board, I think.

Oh, and Mary B will tell me if no one from QandO donates. Please, don't disappoint me.
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