Dear Donors, Supporters & Team Members

THANK YOU TO ALL DONORS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT! 

THANK YOU TO ALL TEAM MEMBERS FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND SUPPORT OF LIVESTRONG!  Team Jersey Shore Area for LIVESTRONG has raised over $10,600 as of today.  Great job team!

Dear Donors & Supporters:  Your generous donation and support will help me get through the physical challenges of the hills of PA.  Speaking of the hills….right about now I am thankful that I was able to lose the 55lbs since January 1st because I am sure I would never made either the run or the ride.
 
On Saturday I will run my first 5K which will be interesting as I have recently been tackling shin-splints.  Never had it before, but this will not stop me.  I know what it is like to face cancer, surgery and treatments so this will be easy. 
 
On Sunday I will ride the “hill country” in PA 45 miles.  I ride to honor all survivors and I pedal up the hills I will be remembering every person I know who has lost their life to cancer.  I expect it to be a great challenge for me.  My training is on mostly flat areas where I live, but I have been getting to some hills to help prepare.
 
My physical challenge is a small part of my participation.  The most important part is having generous donors like yourself and your support for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. 

LIVESTRONG is doing amazing things to help people fight cancer and empower them to take action.  Their free services are amazing.  They have patient navigation services to help people during the most difficult time of their lives which can take them through it step-by-step, and they have great one-on-one support services to ensure emotional support is there.
 
By now most of my family, friends and coworkers know how much I volunteer, promote, fundraise, raise awareness and hold events.  This is all directly related to my first few days after I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. 

LIVESTRONG provided me with the free services to help educate me so I can make informed decisions for surgery and treatment.  As you can see they also empowered me to make a difference and help others.
 
So as I go off to Blue Bell, PA this Friday afternoon know I will ride with your generosity, support and the many kind words you have shared.  I sincerely THANK ALL DONORS AND SUPPORTERS.

Thank you to my wife Kristy!  She has always been my #1 cheerleader (along with Caroline and Annabelle) and supports all my volunteer work, training, fundraising and events.  None of this would be possible without her support. 

Thank you to LIVESTRONG Leadership & Staff for your work and inspiring me daily.

Sincerely,
Brian Dowd
6 Year Cancer Survivor & LIVESTRONG Volunteer/Supporter

http://laf.livestrong.org/goto/brianpdowd

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Samsung Galaxy S3 on AT&T First 48hrs Review

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Samsung Galaxy S3 on AT&T First 48 hrs Review

First Impressions:  HUGE upgrade from the Blackberry Torch 9000 on AT&T.  From the large 4.8 in screen with vibrant colors to the glossy pearl blue color.  After picking it up and holding it I must say it is the perfect size for me and it is a lot lighter than my old Torch.  I am not sure a person with small hads with like the size as much, but the phone does have it all.

Navigation:  Using the S3 I have found to be extremely easy.  It is not a negative to say there is a lot to learn going from BB to Android “Ice Cream Sandwich” 4.0 but I can do it easily.  It is much more fluent to navigate compared to iPhone 4S and BB Torch.  You can have several different home screens, your apps can be on them or you can go to the app page.  Downloading apps via has been very fast.  I downloaded a 26M app in < 5 seconds.  In my opinion, this phone is light years ahead of the iPhone 4S for navigation.  Heck I do not even know all the tricks of using Android, but I can see how much better it is.

Email Integration:  I have several emails work, personal, Sr. LIVESTRONG Leader and Jersey Shore Area 4 LIVESTRONG.  All of them were easy to set up and use.  No issues at all.

Battery Life:  Given I purchased this on Friday this remains my #1 concern.  I want to test it for a week to give a true opinion.  I had the phone with tons of open apps running yesterday for over 9hrs and was getting over 100 emails and I had 79% battery life remaining.  However, I have noticed that at night if I stay on facebook, twitter and watch videos that the battery goes down fast – 10% in 90 mins.  The good news is that was a test and not how I use the phone normally.  So far so good!

Taking Pictures and Videos:  Wow, very good quality for both.  Of course I have not tried all the different times of day, etc. but so far it looks great.  The clarity on the pics is great.  I have only take two videos to test and both look great on the phone.  I will need to download them to my pc to see what they look like.

I am glad I purchased it.  I am enjoying it and hope I still like it after my first full week at work with it.  More to come…..

UPDATE:  Monday August 6th

I have noticed the phone dropped down to 86% battery life and it is only 9:30AM.  It has been off the charger since 7:00AM.  Using 4G seems to drain the battery, but most research is needed as it could be something else.

38% of my $10,000 Goal with just 25 days left

In 25 days I will be out in Philly area participating in a 5K run and 40 mile bike ride benefiting LIVESTRONG.  As of today I have raised $3,835 which represents 38% of my $10,000 Goal.  Thus the clock is running out on my fundraising.  I need your help. 

Please consider making a donation to Honor someone your know who is a survivor or make it in Memory of someone you lost.  Making a secure online donation is easy.  Just visit http://laf.livestrong.org/goto/brianpdowd and 100% of your donation goes to LIVESTRONG.

It is important that you know where your donated money goes so I wanted you to see some data.  Between January – May 2012 LIVESTRONG has…

  • Provided support to more than 130,000 people affected by cancer through FREE navigation services
  • Saved clients more than $2.3 million through navigation services and Sharing Hope fertility services
  • Reached more than 87,320 students (grades K-12) through our LIVESTRONG at School Program helping children cope and learn about cancer.
  • Trained over 29,300 healthcare professionals on cancer survivorship issues
    Over 1,300 cancer survivors completed the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program

As you can see LIVESTRONG ensures they spend the donations on what helps people.  They also inspire people to help take action and this does not cost a dime, but goes a long way in helping survivors. 

For example, I drove down to Washington, D.C. July 9-11 to participate in One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) lobby day to ensure our elected officials support cancer research, prevention and awareness funding.  I met with Congressmen, Senators and their staff.  More can be read on the Asbury Park Press website.

For those who have supported my effort I once again THANK YOU.  For those considering making a donation THANK YOU.

Fundraising – Make a Donation

Here is data for the first five months of 2012 and what donations to LIVESTRONG have helped provide to people fighting cancer.  Please consider making a donation <any amount is a great amount> to help support my participation in the LIVESTRONG Challenge Philly Aug 18-19.  Thank you! http://laf.livestrong.org/goto/brianpdowd

LIVESTRONG Data (Jan-May 2012)
–>Provided support to more than 130,000 people affected by cancer through FREE navigation services
–>Saved clients more than $2.3 million through navigation services and Sharing Hope fertility services
–>Reached more than 87,320 students (grades K-12) through our LIVESTRONG at School Program helping children cope and learn about cancer.
–>Trained over 29,300 healthcare professionals on cancer survivorship issues
–>Over 1,300 cancer survivors completed the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program

2012 One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC)

First let me start with a little background so you can better appreciate what I was doing inWashington,D.C. the last few days.

One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a collaboration of national non-profit organizations representing millions of Americans, delivers a unified message to Congress and the White House on the need for increased cancer-related appropriations.  

One Voice Against Cancer is an effective lobbying coalition on cancer funding that has enabled the community to enhance policymakers’ awareness of the need for substantial increases in essential cancer programs. 

OVAC hosts an annual Lobby Day (in 2012 it was July 10) where volunteer representatives of the member organizations come to Washington, DC for training on the legislative issue and advocacy methods and then spend a full day meeting with legislators to share the human face of cancer in America. The personal stories of these trained advocates underscores the need for continue government involvement in the war against cancer. 

OVAC’s united front enhances each organization’s ability to attain the funding levels necessary to win the war on cancer and to equip those facing cancer with the tools they need to fight this deadly disease. One Voice Against Cancer commits its participating members to cooperative efforts that increase understanding of the need for both cancer research and application programs. At the same time, One Voice Against Cancer empowers its volunteers and those touched by cancer to deliver this message creatively and powerfully to policymakers. 

Other OVAC advocacy campaigns have included advertising in Capitol Hill publications, coalition meetings with lawmakers, and briefing on Capitol Hill to highlight the government supported cancer research and programs that OVAC supports. 

Now that you have a better understanding of what OVAC is let me explain to you why I agreed to be one of the 29 LIVESTRONG delegates meeting with my home state ofNew Jersey.

I am a cancer survivor.  Other than the health and happiness of my family and friends Fighting cancer and helping survivors/caregivers is my #1 priority.  As most of you know, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer June 2, 2006.  Since that date I have been dedicated to learning all I can about cancer and also how we in America prioritize and fight cancer.

Fight Cancer.  Now those are two words I hear a lot and it means many different things to many people.  To me it means I help people get the services they need to fight cancer, it means I ensure all Americas (and those around the world) get the proper treatments and advancements that cancer be offered, it means I ensure that our elected officials understand what cancer patients, survivors and caregivers are facing and that they support the funding required to make progress.

There are so many different ways I can explain what Fight Cancer means to me, but these sum it up best.  Thus, it was an easy decision for me to say YES to the Lance Armstrong Foundation when they asked me to be their delegate from the state of New Jersey.

I was part of OVAC last year and it was one of the best experiences of my life.  I felt being an advocate and lobbying in Congress and Senate offices was where I was meant to be.  There was never a chance I would turn down the opportunity this year. I took off of work to ensure we get what we were looking for. All of us came to Washington, D.C to ensure cancer research, prevention and awareness funding is prioritized and protected by our elected officials.

I believe it is important to explain what I mean when I say “ensure cancer research, prevention and awareness funding is prioritized and protected by our elected officials.”

The 2012 OVAC appropriations requests that we made follows.

  1. Prioritize and protect funding for cancer research, prevention and awareness at the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Cancer institute (NCI) and      the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)
  2. Support funding for programs that help cancer patients navigate the health care      system, train nurses and streamline the translation of cancer research      from early stage discovery to clinical application.
  3. Become an active member in the House Cancer Caucus and the Senate Cancer      Coalition.

I had the honor of working with some very talented OVAC members; Eric and Rose Hausmann – Fight Colorectal Cancer (Sayerville), Lorraine Schwinn – American Cancer Society (Manahawkin)  and Suzy Steinhart – Men’s Health (West Orange.)

I was humbled to lead three of our meetings yesterday with Senator Robert Menendez’s Legislative Correspondent Sarah Reinprecht, Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Legislative Assistant Kyle Brown, PH.D. and with Congressman Jon Runyan.  I also attended and supported my OVAC colleagues in two other meetings with Congressman Bill Pascrell’s Legislative Assistant and Congressman Frank Pallone’s Health Policy Fellow Leeza Kondos.

The five of us worked great together and we had a nice flow in the conversation in each meetings.

All of the meetings when with a similar flow.  We all introduced ourselves to open.  Then I briefly highlighted what OVAC was and then went into discussing the facts and our priorities which are the three I listed above.  We then moved into telling our stories to help put a face to cancer and the priorities we were asking for and near the end of each meeting we would get an answer from them on where they stand.

Rose and I shared our cancer stories and why we believe it is important for the funding.  Rose is a stage 4 cancer patient (her words – which we extremely powerful in all our meetings) and has exhausted all avenues for a cure of her cancer. She needs a medical advancement fast and she shared that in each of our 5 meetings.  We both tied our situations back to research funding.

I am happy to say all 5 meetings when very well.  We do have support, but we will need to follow up and ensure our priorities do not get dropped between now and the budget being finalized.

We received positive support from both Senator Menendez and Lautenberg’s teams.  No matter what your political stance these two Senators are real leaders in the cancer fight and for that we here in NJ are very lucky to have their support as it is hard to get this level of support for cancer priorities.

Congressman Runyan also shows his support and he is currently ensuring he has already joined the House Cancer Caucus.  His name was not on the list we received but he believes (as does his Legislative Assistant) he is already signed on.  The good news here is Congressman Runyan will be on the House Cancer Caucus and with his experience of being on other committees he will add leadership that is not only willing to support cancer funding but also help by working with his peers to help influence then to sign on.  The Congressman also made it clear that he cannot commit to something he cannot control like “ensuring funding gets passed” but he did say his office does support our request to protect the funding we already have.

Both Congressman Pallone and Pascrell’s teams also share their support.  For Congressman Pallone’s team meeting Eric from our side did an outstanding job in sharing his frustration (in a professional manner) that the Congressman or his team has never contacted Eric or his wife Rose after 3 of their other meetings.  Also Eric stated that at no time did he every really get communication on the Congressman’s stance on cancer funding which made it more frustrating not to hear back.

By sharing this frustration Congressman Frank Pallone’s Health Policy Fellow Leeza Kondos showed a lot of compassion by detailing the Congressman’s official support on cancer funding and Leeza took it further by printing out the Congressman’s recent speech on the House floor to gain support for cancer funding.  She also took down Eric and Rose’s address and email and said they will hear from the Congressman directly.  It just goes to show you that if you take the time, act professional and share your frustration you can get answers.

The 2012 OVAC lobby day was a big success for theNew Jerseydelegates.  I have made 4 new friends which share my passion to Fight Cancer and I look forward to working with them and following up with the Senator’s and Congressmen in the next few weeks and months to ensure cancer research, prevention and awareness are made a priority for the next budget.

Thank you to the Lance Armstrong Foundation for selecting me as a delegate.  I was both humbled and honored to be asked and I can say that I certainly did my best to represent such a great organization.

LIVESTRONG!

My Opinion on the USADA charges against Lance….

Yesterday’s news of the USADA charges against Lance have made numerous friends ask me what I think of the situation.  It seems to be the same with many of my fellow Lance Armstrong Foundation supporters and volunteers. 

I am not Lance Armstrong and I cannot speak for him so if you want his view you need to contact him.  

My personal opinion is I hope the public does not confuse Lance the cyclist of years past with the work of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.  Any charges stemming from his cycling days are not issues with Lance Armstrong Foundation.   They are completely two different aspects of his life. 

I personally support Lance in his efforts to defend the recent charges by the USADA.  Lance has done a great job to date defending himself on past allegations so I expect him to do the same. 

I will not spend time focusing on the allegations.  My time will be spent helping the 28 million survivors around the world.  My work with the Lance Armstrong Foundation helps people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action.  That will be my focus. 

Lance is the founder and chairman of the greatest cancer fighting organization in the world and a great cyclist.  It was his hard work, dedication and inspiring advocacy that has lead the Lance Armstrong Foundation.  It was his fight which inspired me to get involved days after being diagnosed with cancer.  He is a true inspiration to all cancer survivors.  

I look on the bright side and I believe Lance unless proven otherwise, but again it does not affect my view on the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the outstanding work they are doing.  

That is the way I look at it.  The Lance allegations are not a reflection on the Lance Armstrong Foundation, there Executive staff lead by CEO Doug Ulman, the great staff, their partners and their awesome volunteers. 

There are several hundred LIVESTRONG Leaders globally which will face some tough questions over the next few weeks or months, but we will remain focused on the foundation, their mission and supporting the 28 million survivors around the global. 

I continue to support, volunteer and raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.  I am glad Lance is leading us in the fight against cancer. All the drama and allegations that is going on right now does not change that.   

Thank you Lance for creating such a terrific organization, inspiring me and allowing me to help others.   No matter how this all works out I know you will still come out on top and continue to lead the fight against cancer.

LIVESTRONG!

 

2012 – Challenging Myself: I have lost 55lbs (61% of my goal to lose 90lbs)

It has been a while since I updated my chart, but I am still tracking.  Lost 55lbs total after 22 weeks following Weight Watchers.  I highly recommend WW for everyone who would like to lose weight.

Category
Numbers
Weight Loss GOAL 90 Weigh In
Starting   Weight   340
Week #1   Weight Loss 11 329
Week #2   Weight Loss 6 323
Week #3   Weight Loss 3 320
Week #4   Weight Loss 4 316
Week #5   Weight Loss 2 314
Week #6   Weight Loss 2 312
Week #7   Weight Loss 2 310
Week #8   Weight Loss 1 309
Week #9   Weight Loss 2 307
Week #10 Weight Loss 3 304
Week #11 Weight Loss 2 302
Week #12 Weght Loss 2 300
Week #13 Weight Loss 2 298
Week #14 Weight Loss 1 297
Week #15 Weight Loss 2 295
Week #16 Weight Loss 1 294
Week #17 Weight Loss 0 294
Week #18 Weight Loss 3 291
Week #19 Weight Loss 3 288
Week #20 Weight Loss 0 288
Week #21 Weight Loss 1 287
Week #22 Weight Loss 2 285
Total Weight Loss 55  
Weight Loss % of GOAL 61.11%  
Current   Weight 285  
Weight % Loss of Starting Weight 16.18%  

 
 
 
 

2012 – Challenging Myself: I have lost 49lbs (54% of my goal to lose 90lbs)

Last week was a good bounce back.  Lost 3lbs!  Started running this weekend, mixed with walking.  Lots of training to do to be ready for the LIVESTRONG Challenge Philly and NJ MUD RUN.

Category
Numbers
Weight Loss GOAL 90 Weigh In
Starting   Weight   340
Week #1   Weight Loss 11 329
Week #2   Weight Loss 6 323
Week #3   Weight Loss 3 320
Week #4   Weight Loss 4 316
Week #5   Weight Loss 2 314
Week #6   Weight Loss 2 312
Week #7   Weight Loss 2 310
Week #8   Weight Loss 1 309
Week #9   Weight Loss 2 307
Week #10 Weight Loss 3 304
Week #11 Weight Loss 2 302
Week #12 Weght Loss 2 300
Week #13 Weight Loss 2 298
Week #14 Weight Loss 1 297
Week #15 Weight Loss 2 295
Week #16 Weight Loss 1 294
Week #17 Weight Loss 0 294
Week #18 Weight Loss 3 291
Total Weight Loss 49  
Weight Loss % of GOAL 54.44%  
Current   Weight 291  
Weight % Loss of Starting Weight 14.41%
 

Bill Bottino Mud Run against Cancer – September 15

There is a great event in South New Jersey (Vineland) in September that I wanted to share with you.  I understand if you are not interested or have prior obligation, but I just wanted to share and let you know I think it would be a great time and great fun.  There is no obligations, just wanted to share it.  I am signed up already.  The following a a good summary of how to register and what to expect – it will be FUN.

We are looking for people who like to get dirty and want to take action against cancer. Join our team “Jersey LIVESTRONG Mudders” for the Bill Bottino Mud Run on September 15, 2012 for 4 miles of muddy, mucky, obstacle challenges and most of all, fun! …Let’s Kick Cancer in the Mud

To register go to http://www.njmudrun.com and click register.  Then select to register for active.com and then select Individual / Team Member.  Select the registeration type which is MUD RUN.  When it says select team remember to select Jersey LIVESTRONG Mudders.  It is $49 to register!

The Mud Run for Cancer Starts with a Mud Crawling, Perseverance Requiring, Multiple Skill Obstacle Course That Will Reward You With A Sense Of Accomplishment and An Extremely Good Time!

Where:
New Jersey Motorsports Park:
8000 Dividing Creek Rd.
Millville, New Jersey 08332

Course Feature 4 Miles of:
•         Multiple Insane Mud Pits!
•         Steep, Slick, Hill Climbs
•         Bold Obstacles That Will Test All Your Abilities
•         Challenges Requiring Cooperation with Your Fellow Mudders
•         Water, and Other Types, of Crossings
•         A Well Organized Course with Minimal Lines
•         Easy Lanes and “Prove Yourself” Lanes (Where Appropriate)
•         Our Final, Signature, Main-Stage, Crowd Screaming, Finale 

Your Mud Run Ticket also earns you:
•         A Rousing Party Featuring The Most Mouth-Watering BBQ You Ever Tasted
•         Superb Live Music
•         The Opportunity to Earn Awards for:
•         Best Fundraising Individual/Team
•         Best Costumed Team
•         Most Represented Team
•         Our Awesome Event T-Shirt
•         The Ability to Honor Cancer Survivors Through Our Moving Candle-Light Walk 

This Ticket is Appropriate For:
•         Teams of Any Size Who Are In It To Have Fun – Not To Compete
•         Individual Mud Runners 

Rules:
•         All instructions given by the race director must be followed.
•         Good sportsmanship must be maintained at all times.
•         It is NOT necessary for a team to finish together – but it is encouraged
•         The race director may modify the course for the safety of the participants.
•         It is NOT necessary to complete all the obstacles. 

Be Sure to Bring:
•         Your ID
•         Your Costume!
•         Sturdy Shoes
•         Clothes That Can Get Dirty
•         Your Own Towel…And A Change of Clothes
•         Your Appetite!
•         A Sense of Adventure and a Team Focused Attitude!

Need more info? Message me on facebook me.  This is on my list of events to do in 2012 while I work to get my fat butt into shape. I would be honored to have you join our team.  

Come on let’s do this!  Let’s get a bunch of folks together and foster some good old fashion team work and play in the MUD 🙂  If you decide to join please share with family and friends.

Regards,

Brian

Event: Sunday July 29 5:05PM LIVESTRONG Theme Night with the Lakewood BlueClaws

Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/212169048893194/

WHO:  The Lakewood BlueClaws and Jersey Shore Area for LIVESTRONG  

WHEN: Sunday, July 29 2012 at 5:05PM

WHERE: First Energy Park – Lakewood, NJ

TICKET PRICE:  $10 each ($3 of this price goes directly to LIVESTRONG)

WHAT: LIVESTRONG Theme Night – WEAR-YELLOW TO THE GAME – Let’s create a sea of YELLOW to support LIVESTRONG and CHEER on the Lakewood BlueClaws vs. West Virginia Power.

–>THE FIRST 750 PEOPLE IN THE GATES GET A FREE LIVESTRONG WRISTBAND

–>Jersey Shore Area for LIVESTRONG will have an informational and awareness table in the concourse and we will have numerous volunteers through the concourse to help any any questions you might have about LIVESTRONG.

–>  The following is brought to you by the Lakewood BlueClaws and their partners.

1.) Sundays are Kids Character Sundays, thanks to Monmouth Park. We’ll bring out a special children’s character to the game for pictures on the concourse.

2.) Kids Eat Free on Sundays, thanks to ShopRite. Like Monday, children will receive a voucher for a hot dog, bag of chips, and a soda upon entering the gates.

3.) After the game, Kids Run the Bases, thanks to TD Bank. We invite all the children onto the field after the game to run the bases the BlueClaws players ran just minutes before.

CONTACT BRIAN DOWD to PURCHASE TICKETS or QUESTIONS:  Any questions about this event please message Brian P. Dowd (732)773-8272 via email jerseyshorearea4livestrong@comcast.net  or via Facebook.

Thank you and LIVESTRONG!