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Cancer Survivorship Walk, CERT Street Fair Pamphleting Make Today A Happy And Full 46th Birthday.

June 7th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I received a birthday e-card this morning from my friend, David Stephenson, which said: “I’m sure today will be one the happiest birthdays of your life. Enjoy it to your fullest.” He’s right. Finishing six months of chemotherapy just weeks ago has made today, my 46th birthday, happy indeed. And I tried to enjoy it to my fullest. 

The day’s activities began early (after a couple of great homemade birthday cards from my two daughters) with “Rock & Run”  a benefit event in support of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Survivorship Initiative.  It is tough to beat spending a beautiful Sunday exercising with my family on the New York City waterfront on behalf of a cancer survivorship program. We walked three miles with hundreds of others and then headed for Pier 84 for a picnic next to the U.S.S. Intrepid (and to top it off the Bruce Springsteen tribute group, the “B-Street Band”,  played on the stage). Just a great morning all around.

"Rock & Run" Walk by you.

‘Rocking & running’ (actually walking) with my daughters in New York’s Hudson River Park

Afterwards, I switched out my yellow “Rock & Run” t-shirt into my green CERT uniform to distribute preparedness information at the “Third Avenue Street Fair” on the East Side of Manhattan. Along with my daughter and CERT teammates, I handed out Ready New York Pocket Guides and other emergency information. One item  that was very popular among the fairgoers (particularly  those walking their dogs) was Ready New York For Pets.

"Third Avenue Fair" - CERT by you.

Father & daughter tag team distributing preparedness information on Manhattan’s Third Avenue.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jimmy Jazz // Jun 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm


    Happy, happy birthday. It sounds like you had an amazing day, and really, you deserve it. Many happy returns.


  • 2 India Mittag // Jun 8, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Thank you so much for being a part of Rock & Run and for sharing your birthday with us.
    You and your family are amazing and we can’t thank you enough for your support!
    May your year ahead be filled with more great days with your family than you can remember.

  • 3 Jan Lane // Jun 10, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday John! Great pictures of your girls — sounds like it was a perfect day.

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