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Reggie and Maurice Featured in People Magazine, South Africa!

Our friend,  Simon Vukelj, of the Children’s Tumor Foundation, sent us a link to this weeks People Magazine, South Africa edition! Thanks, Simon! It’s nice to see Reggie’s work and Maurice’s coolness continue to get noticed worldwide!

Living With  Neurofibromatosis

  • Pearl Mphuthi, March 30, 2016

When most of us worry about pimples, zits or even wrinkles. Real people like Reggie Bibbs and Maurice Simpson embrace, accept and manage to live with Neurofibromatosis throughout their lives.

“None of the one’s on my face hurt. They’re just like extra growths, you know, fatty tissue. Above my left eye there’s a lot of itching on the inside, it tingles on the inside above my eye.” This is one of Reggie Bibbs response when he was asked about his struggles with a disease called Neurofibromatosis.

10442432_10152533824331518_7618939240264365475_nNeurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition causing benign tumors to grow along certain types of nerves that affects the development of bones or skin. This brutal condition causes pain and even death and the tumors get bigger over time.

Reggie Bibbs a man from Houston, Texas. His struggle with NF began when he was a toddler, “I was eight months old when we found out about neurofibromatosis. They found a small tumor on my heel and a small tumor on my eye and one in my mouth”.

Growing up, like any other child, Reggie was victim of harassment. In an exclusive interview prepared by Wikinews reporter Michael Laurent, Reggie has pointed out how difficult growing up was and how he looked different from everyone else, “It was really difficult going to school because there were a lot of kids that used to make fun of me, and there were some that were nice,” he says.

NF has spread all over Reggies body including his leg and the left side of his face, “My leg from the knee down are tumors and a lot of fatty tissue and it swells. It’s difficult to walk.” Reggie’s leg is shaped like an S and he wears special socks to help him get around, “I have to wear a special sock to hold it together to keep it from expanding. It’s a compression sock and it’s helped with circulation. If I take the sock off it won’t look like an S. All the fatty tissue would just drop,” he adds.

After numerous failed surgeries, Reggie’s mission is to put himself out there to raise awareness about the causes of NF. There are a lot of patients who fall victim of this dreadful disease but are afraid to seek help because they prefer to hide behind closed doors and deal with this ordeal by themselves.

Maurice Simpson is an outgoing and confident man from Ogden, Utah.  He does not let his condition get in his way. He has had Neurofibromatosis since he was six-weeks-old and the disease has spread and disfigured his face.  The 36-year-old father of five has accepted his state and with the support of his family, he faces each challenge as an opportunity to help those in need.

It’s clear that Reggie Bibbs and Maurice Simpson share a lot in common. Both sufferers of NF and till today they manage to live with it and are on doing more research to help find a cure.

Together they agreed to feature in TLC’s ‘My Brand New Face’ which aired earlier this year. The documentary is aimed to inform and educate the world about Neurofibromatosis. The reality show showcased Reggie travelling to meet Maurice for the first time face-to-face and together they share a lot of common interests.

The pair was happy to have finally met and formed a brotherhood relationship. Maurice works as a Manager at a fast food chain and lives with his supportive wife of eleven years and children. He loves being in front of people. In an article written by Janae Francis, Maurice said, “I don’t want to hide or stay in the house. I want to be out and about making people happy…I’m in that point in my life with all the questions people ask. I just want to do more”. A local businessman showed his generosity when he anonymously sponsored Mr Simpson’s surgery, “My anonymous donor, I call him my guardian angel, I mean, he’s just a great guy. Whenever I think about it, I get kind of choked up because I don’t know why he would do something like that, you know”. The documentary covered a graphic scene where Maurice underwent surgery for thirteen hours and a five hour procedure to remove the tumor from his face. In another article by Carole Mikita, Maurice was pleased with the successful operation, “It looks a lot better, and it’s given me a new-found confidence”.

The ‘Just Ask’ Foundation was launched when Reggie wanted to spread the word about Neurofibromatosis. He knew that coming forward and taking a stand about NF will help people who fight this disease.

Living With Neurofibromatosis

 

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Reggie Bibbs and Just Ask Fight for Prop 1 – Houston Equal Rights Ordinance!



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Dr. John Slopis – 2015 Reggie Bibbs NF Hero Award Winner

THE JUST ASK FOUNDATION IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE REGGIE BIBBS NF HERO AWARD

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John M. Slopis, M.D.

In recognition of his selfless dedication, unwavering support and unconditional love he provides those with neurofibromatosis. With his caring and guiding hand, Dr. Slopis has given hope, comfort and treatment to thousands of patients challenged by NF through his inexhaustible knowledge of and experience with this little know disorder.

God bless you, Dr. Slopis. You are not only our Hero, you are our Guardian Angel!

This 12th Day of September 2015

Reggie W. Bibbs – Founder, Just Ask Foundation

Vincent Riccardi – Medical Advisor, Just Ask Foundation

Lou Congelio – Executive Director, Just Ask Foundation

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SAVE THE DATE!!! Just Ask Fundraiser, Sunday, July 12!!!


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Just Ask Fundraiser at Poison Girl

Sunday, July 12, 2015

4 to 10 pm

(713) 527-9929

1641 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Includes:

All Day Raffles!    Bake Sale by Reggie Bibbs     Art Cars     Just Ask t-shirts   Houston Roller Derby skaters         Astros ticket raffles!     Maybe a food truck!

All proceeds benefit the Just Ask Foundations and the Just Ask World Tour!

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Hands down, dive bars are our favorite joints to hang out in and Poison Girl in Houston is no slouch when it comes to providing good, clean dive bar fun. There’s a few pinball machines, cheap, heavy drinks, a hip cast of urban bohemians bellied up to the bar and a killer jukebox—this one being heavily, okay totally, steeped in all music Texas, from country to punk, rockabilly, indie and some hip-hop. Poison Girl brings to the Houston bar scene exactly what it seemed to be so lacking in, a dive bar that knows it’s a dive bar and doesn’t want to be anything more than that.           A portion of all Poison Girl proceeds of July 12, 2015 will benefit the Just Ask Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to raising awareness of neurofibromatosis.just ask 18968977458_0d34816213_b

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The Just Ask Bus Needs a Little Push. Financially.


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To all who are liking the photos and video from the Houston Art Car Parade:

Please know that it wasn’t easy getting to this stage of the Just Ask World Tour. It took a lot of time, sweat and money to make this happen.

Reggie and I were happy to take care of the time and sweat and a lot of the money involved with raising awareness of neurofibromatosis.

But now, unfortunately we are falling short on the money part that will take us through the tour.

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 8.45.11 PMI am truly excited as we have proven that the Just Ask Bus will work as a great awareness vehicle, pardon the pun, through the views donations and Shares of news of our travels.

The $15,000 we have raised so far has helped to get the Just Ask bus in condition to travel the country. We have a motor we kind of trust, the exterior wrap is finished and looks great thanks to some special help from Matt Cline and Bayou Graphics, and a very functional but yet cool looking interior from the Upholstery Shop.

Now, quite honestly, we need to build up the GoFundMe account so that we can actually travel with the bus.

This upcoming trip to attend the CTF Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona has more than tapped us out on our expense account. Fo us to continue and post a schedule, we will need to raise some money, not a lot, but enough to get us to a few more locations.

We really want to be able to make it to Canada and see all of our friends in Vancouver, Calgary, Manitoba and, yes, Red Deer.

Any help you can provide, no matter how small will go a long way for Just Ask to fulfill it’s mission — to make life easier to all with neurofibromatosis by raising awareness, understanding and compassion for those challenged by it.

I can’t think of a better ambassador for NF patients than Reggie Bibbs.

He is doing extraordinary things way beyond even his comfort level to make it easier for the next NF patient to live life a little easier.

If you are unable to donate, and we totally understand, at least share this page with your friends in the event they would like to help.

I think we owe Reggie our unending love and affection but also the funds to help him do what he was born to do.

Please click below. Thanks you!

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