It’s back!

Hot, sweaty roller derby action is back in Houston and Lou and I will be there every match this season! Season starts Saturday, March 19th, at their new venue at Houston Indoor Sports on I-45. Sure will miss some of the skaters that retired last year but look forward to meeting the new skaters who are taking their place.

If you have never experience Houston Roller Derby, you must come out on March 19th! Forget everything you think about roller derby! This is the real deal! Forget the fake stuff you’ve seen on TV and the movies, these are real live women who live in Houston and who have regular jobs during the week, just like you and me, who love to skate and bang heads!

During the week, these girls are account executives, IT security analysts, lawyers, med school students, teachers, and massage therapists but on weekends, they are Hell on Wheels!!!

This season, the Just Ask! Foundation is once again humbled and touched to be honored by the Houston Roller Derby as their Charity for March 2011! This is a very prestigious honor and we have been extremely fortunate to have received this honor from HRD for the past four years!!!!

I love Houston Roller Derby! The women who skate are tough on the outside but are the sweetest, most wonderful people on the inside. Every time I go, they make me feel like I’m the most important person in the world!

Please come out and join Lou and I as we support the only professional sports team in Houston that you can buy a drink for afterward!!!

– Reggie Bibbs and Lou Congelio

NEW VENUE

Houston Roller Derby will now be
bouting at Houston Indoor Sports.

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Last week, I had speaking engagements in Dallas and Forth Worth, Texas, thanks to my old friend Bob Hopkins, who I met when he was Executive Director of The Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation.  Bob Hopkins  is now teaching for Tarrant County College.

Before I go any further,  I want to thank every student for taking the time to come hear me speak.  It would have not been a success without their involvement. Thank you all, for your time and kindness.

At Eastfield College, my friend Patrick O’Dooley emceed the event in front of 50 students.  He stood beside me during Q and A, he and I fielding questions that the students had.

I met Patrick during one of his  motivational classes  a few years ago. Patrick was one of the first people I have met who was instrumental in making me feel good about myself and making every day a TREMENDOUS day!  I’m thankful Patrick was there for me!

In attendance at the speaking engagements were two professors of Sociology and Environmental Sciences, from Collin College.  I spoke UP CLOSE and PERSONAL.  The  President of Tarrant County South College, addressed the students and stayed for my speech there.

By my sixth speech in two days,  I’m told I was a pro and that my speaking abilities were great. Bob said I had every class in the palm of my hands!: > )  Bob said he was proud of  me.  That’s a tremendous compliment coming from someone who speaks as well as Bob Hopkins.

The Story Behind “Just Ask!
Reggie Bibbs talks to the Grand Rapids NF Foundation – Part 1

“Waiting for my real life to begin” Video – Part 2

“Waiting for my real life to begin” – LIVE Version recorded at the Dosey Do in The Woodlands . Performed by Colin Hay of “Men at Work” and dedicated to Reggie Bibbs.

“Beautiful” Video – Christina Aquilera

NF Symposium at MD Anderson Cancer Center

“Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Update 2010” –  Dr. John M. Slopis, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas NF Symposium, 8/7/10

“Panel discussion on neurofibromatosis with NF patients.” –  Reggie Bibbs, Andy Pagoda and Dr. John Slopis, Texas NF Symposium, 8/7/10

“Why do so many children with NF struggle in school and what can be done about it.” Dr. Bartlett Moore, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas NF Symposium, 8/7/10

NF Doctor Panel Q&A, Texas NF Symposium, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 8-7-10

“Surgical Strategies for Neurofibromatosis” – Dr. Ian E. McCutcheon, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 8/7/10

“2010 Update on Genetic Testing in NF1 and NF2.” – Dr. Shweta Dhar, Texas NF Symposium on Neurofibromatosis, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 8/7/10

“Current Therapies for NF1” – Dr. Laura Kleese, Pediatric Oncologist, Texas NF Symposium, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 8-7-10

“2010 Update on Genetic Testing in NF1 and NF2.” – Dr. Shweta Dhar, Texas NF Symposium on Neurofibromatosis, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 8/7/10

Related Videos

Meet Reggie Bibbs

My Brand New Face – Maurice Simpson & Reggie Bibbs, Discovery Channel Documentary

1994 NF PSA – Reggie Bibbs

Neurofibromatosis Interview with Reggie Bibbs (FOX NEWS) Damali Keith, 2007

Debra Duncan Show – Reggie Bibbs & Neurofibromatosis” June 8, 1999

Wikipedia – Reggie Bibbs was interviewed on Nov 23, 2007 for Wikinews describing what it is like living with neurofibromatosis and what he has done via his website, blog and other resources to increase awareness of NF.

ABC News Report on Neurofibromatosis and Reggie Bibbs – Christy Myers reports on one man’s crusade to raise awareness of neurofibromatosis through his website, blog, photo and video portals on the internet, and attending community events in Houston

Texas NF Foundation 15th Anniversary Video (1995) Part 1 of 2 “NF XV – In Search Of The Cure”  – 26 minutes
Texas NF Foundation 15th Anniversary Video (1995) Part 2 of 2 “NF XV – In Search Of The Cure”  – 23 minutes

Texas NF Foundation 30th Anniversary Video, 2010

Music Nite with Reggie Bibbs

I went to OfficeMax for office supplies today.  As Lou and I shopped, Deborah asked if we needed help with anything. She helped with finding the ink for my printer.

When it was time to check out, Deborah, was there again with a big smile. I had a chance to mention Just Ask, but didn’t have any cards with me.  Deborah, was nice enough to allow us to take a photo of her.

Thank you Deborah, for your help, and for being so kind! Office Max should be very proud of you!

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Cancerwise Feature Story By Mary Brolley on February 1, 2011 10:43 AM

Related article: “Treating Neurofibromatosis”

To those he meets, Reggie Bibbs has but one request. Just ask. A Houston-based, internationally known activist, Bibbs has neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF 1), a genetic disorder that ranges in severity from almost imperceptible to major.

As such disorders go, NF 1 is common, occurring in about 1 in 3,000 births. The two other forms of NF — neurofibromatosis 2 and schwannomatosis — are much more rare.

Bibbs’ case is severe. The left side of his body is greatly affected, from tumors on his face to a distinct curvature in his leg.

He was diagnosed at the age of 8 months after his mother took him to Shriner’s Hospital when she became concerned about a growth on his eye and another on the sole of his foot. Continue reading