Friday I was issued the Ice Bucket Challenge by my friend Brian Coe of the Penguins.
It's a simple concept. Someone accepts the challenge, records themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their head, then challenges 3 or more friends to do the same. If you are challenged, you have 24 hours. It's all about raising awareness for charity.
Ice Bucket Challenge
Get a bucket of water and fill it with ice.
Lift the bucket...
Dump the bucket...
Feel the chill...
Call out at least 3 of your friends to complete the challenge for themselves.
I issued the challenge to Lissa & Fast Freddie Friday afternoon. I'm still waiting...
What a GREAT day of fun we had at Knoebels yesterday! Early Thursday we filled a bus (THANK YOU JZ Tours) wiith littles that are on the waiting list with Big Brother/Big Sister of the Bridge. The idea: give kids on the waiting list a taste of what the mentoring program is all about.
Right after lunch, we let everyone loose at America's largest free admission amusement park. It's Friday morning, and I'm still recovering!!!
That's my new buddy Dylan as we started our trip up The Flume.
I didn't get the memo about bringing a towel.
We helped celebrate the Twister rollercoaster's 15th birthday...by screaming & yelling.
I would've been lost without these 2...Liz and Pilar from BBBS!
Alan Stout from BBBS presented my boss OD and I with a few tokens of his appreciation.
There are SO MANY kids just like the littles we had on this trip waiting for a match with BBBS. That is why there is such a desperate need for volunteers to join the mentoring program. Becoming a Big Brother has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. And I promise it will have the same impact on you!
I can't urge you enough to get involved with this program. A few short hours a month can have an amazing effect on a young kid's life here in NEPA.
If you'd like more info on how to become a Big Brother or Big Sister CLICK THIS LINK or call 800.955.4376.
Sunday, August 3rd, is the 6th Annual Endure Bike ride to benefit the American Cancer Society. This is one of my favorite rides of the year for a number of reasons. It's well organized, it's in my backyard in the Back Mountain, AND part of the ride includes Wyoming Avenue from Kingston to 8th Street!
14 million cancer survivors are celebrating birthdays this year because of your help. Who will YOU endure for?
(Day 2 after heart surgery. Nice puffy hands from all the fluid in my system. That heart pillow wasn't for show. It made it less painful to cough or sneeze!)
It was 5 years ago today that I had heart surgery. I am forever grateful to Dr. Casale, Dr. Stella, my PA Doug Long and all the nurses & staff at the Geisinger Heart Hospital that got me through a difficult time in my life.
Before I left work, I sent out the following email.
From: Rocky Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:19 PM To: WILKES-BARRE USERS Subject: ROCK'S SUMMER SABBATICAL
I thought I'd get everyone caught up on my "Summer Sabbatical" in case you haven't heard. I will be off the radio for the entire month of July.
Last October I went in for a physical, and my doc found a heart murmur. Pretty crazy because just a month earlier I ran a 1/2 marathon and had no symptoms at all. More tests determined I had a leaky valve.
Hold off on the pig valve jokes as I won't need it replaced. Thankfully. Tuesday I am having valve repair surgery @ Geisinger, WB. My surgeon, Dr. Casale, says I should be in the hospital 3-5 days and home 4-6 weeks. After that, I should be good as new and able to run & workout like before.
Have a good day,
It’s still hard to believe. One minute you are feeling perfectly fine, and the next, doctors are telling you that there are serious problems.
What did I learn from all this?
Be proactive! Take care of your body. And don’t write off those annual checkups. One exam could save your life. It saved mine!
Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is. ~Norman Cousins