Tag Archives: Ohio

Summer Fun

25 Jun

999336_479540892120993_1695275706_nDanny just returned from another fun-filled week at Camp Kesem. I can’t thank the Ohio State students involved enough for their commitment to this program. Camp Kesem is an overnight camp for children who have a parent who has battled some sort of cancer. It is completely run and funded by OSU students who work incredibly hard to raise funds in order to be able to offer the camp FREE of charge.

With camps at run by college students across the country, the OSU chapter is quickly growing into one of the biggest.

In just its second year, the Camp Kesem OSU was able to offer spots to 65 campers, up from 21 in its inaugural year

“As the Program Director for CKOSU”, said Lauren “Mazipan” Ellis, “I could not possibly be more proud of the magical experience my students have created for the children of Ohio! Through their hard work and relentless pursuit to exceed goals set for them, they have surpassed my expectations time and time again and this is clearly evident in the passion they show for the campers they serve and the smiles they create.”

The funds were raised in just about every way imaginable from silent auctions, pub-crawls and the Make the Magic dinner event. Danny already can’t wait for next year.

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RELAY FOR LIFE THIS WEEKEND

Also this week, I will be helping the Columbus Tri-Village Relay for Life kick off their 2013 event. The Relay starts at 6 pm at Jones Middle School in Upper Arlington. I will be on hand to make some opening remarks at 6:30 and help lead the survivors and caregivers lap. Although it is a busy weekend in Columbus (isn’t it always!) there is still time to get involved and help raise funds to fight cancer. It is a great honor to be a part of their efforts. For more info check out their website at http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=49606&pg=entry

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On The Road

7 Feb

The Year My Dad Went Bald hits the road this weekend to Findlay, Ohio. We were invited by  Carol Metzger-Sturgeon of Cancer Patient Services to sign books at hockey tournament on Sunday February 12. The tourney which features two adult teams from Marathon Petroleum Corporation will be played at the Cube Ice Rink, 3430 N Main Street in Findlay. The chance to meet some new folks who are helping in the  fight against cancer and watch some great hockey sounds like a perfect way to spend at Sunday afternoon. We will be there starting at 5 pm.

Pinch Hitter

31 Jan

Change in plans for Thursday’s “Evening with an Author Brian Kraft” at The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center
I have to unexpectedly be out of town for a funeral this week, but I am pleased that Nicole Kraft and Danny Kraft are filling in for me. I am more than confident that they will do a fantastic job. They will be sharing from “The Year My Dad Went Bald” and our experiences with cancer. The event will be February 2 6–8p.m at The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center 1145 Olentangy River Road
For more info call (614)293-6428 or visit cancer.osu.edu/go/support

Feeding the starving artists

8 Jul

I always get people telling me how brave I am for facing down cancer, which I don’t really get. What other choice did I have? To me people who go out on a ledge and express themselves creatively or artistically are the courageous ones. What is it that compels someone to put out a song, story or piece of art that is strong enough to offset the fear of negative reaction or judgment. Upon the publication of The Year My Dad Went Bald, I noticed that the first people lining up to purchase were creative types that I knew. Musicians, Pat and Linda Dull, (Pat Dull and Media Whores, Betty Machete and the Angry Cougars) Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks, Gaunt, The Sun, Your So Bossy and drummer for just about every good band in this town) Matt Reber of the Wexner Book Store and Phillip Fox have all been great supporters. Author Charles Leerhsen (check out his great new book Blood and Smoke, which is about the first Indy 500) was one of the first purchasers on our Amazon site.

Ken Eppstein publisher of Nix Comics Quarterly has taken to Facebook to help get the word out about some of the great things happening around town and Ohio with his “30 Days of Shilling for My Friends” which he highlights projects currently being produced by folks that he knows. What a cool idea. I was honored to be a part of it, and hope to do my part by supporting other folks.

I am sure that I have left somebody out in the haste of banging out this post, but do your part and help them by feeding a starving or thirsty artist today