OCT 16, 2009
HEY REGGIE HOW ARE THINGS GOING? I’M IN LONDON HEADING BACK HOME AND I FORGOT TO TELL YOU THAT IT IS MY HONOR TO WEAR MY DEAR FRIEND’S T SHIRT! I LOVE YA MAN BUT YOU NEED TO SEND ME ANOTHER T SHIRT TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT YOUR CAUSE CHAMP! ALL THE BEST! SUGAR RAY LEONARD
Guess who is wearing one of my JUST ASK! t-shirts?
You probably already know from the photo you see here. Yes my friend Sugar Ray Leonard. I was so happy when Ray ordered one of my t-shirts. He told me he would be proud to send me a picture of himself wearing my shirt. He kept his word and I have the pictures to prove it. I have known Ray for a long time and he is always supporting my in everything I have done. Imagine someone as famous as him supporting my efforts in NF awareness. He’ll always be the “Champ” in my eyes!
And here’s the link to the whole auction:
Reggie Bibbs is a highly inspirational man living in Houston, Texas. He was born with neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disease which causes him to develop tumors on his body. NF can be a subtle disease, but in Reggie’s case it has left him with a disfigured face. After years of public frustration, he launched a unique one-man campaign to call attention to this disease.
“I have neurofibromatosis. It’s a disorder that causes tumors to grow along my nervous system. In my case, it’s fairly disfiguring. When I would go out in public, people would stare or, worse, walk away. So I came up with an idea for a t-shirt and the rest, as they say, is history.”
With the help of a friend at a local advertising agency, Reggie Bibbs created a t-shirt that would invite people to come up and talk to him about his disorder. “I figured the more they knew about my disease, the more they would understand me.”
“When Reggie called me with the idea for a t-shirt that read, ‘Just Ask’, I literally had tears in my eyes, said long-time friend Lou Congelio, president of STANANDLOU Advertising. The idea was so simple and so powerful that I immediately offered him a position in the company.”
The t-shirt features on the front an abstract outline of Reggie’s face and, on the back, large type that simply says,’JUST ASK!’. Also included on the back is the url for Reggie’s website, www.reggiebibbs.com.
Today, Reggie is also on MySpace and Facebook and has an online store on his website. He’s been interviewed by Wikinews too.
Earlier this year, STANANDLOU and Reggie won 2 Gold ADDY Awards, one silver ADDY, and a Special Judges Award for Public Service Adversiting for their new “Just Ask” ads!
Reggie said, “I am thankful that the work here on the Just Ask campaign is getting noticed. More people will learn about NF as we keep pushing forward. Thank you all for supporting the site with your visits.”
On April 14, 2009, the Just Ask Foundation became exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.
This weekend I got the shock and surprise of my life! I was going through my emails looking for a phone number when I came across an unopened email dated November 14! It was from my new friend Kevin Nealon, from Saturday Night Live, who I had just met the night before.
I have no idea how I missed this very important email but I guess it was because I was traveling and wasn’t able to check email till I got back home. Anyway, here is the very nice email that Kevin wrote plus the photos he sent.
So great meeting you last night, and your friends! I’m so
flattered that you guys came to my show. Oh, loved your website, too!!
Susan and I loved checking out each category. Great videos and pics,
great coverage on the news stations as well. We’re so impressed with
your courage and your raising awareness of NF. What a difference you
are making! Please keep us updated on the foundation.
Attached are a few pictures of me wearing your shirt. Btw, it
fits me like a glove. I have a new cause now. 🙂
Kevin and Susan
Most of you have seen the photos from my trip to Manhattan Beach California, when I went to visit my friend, Scott. Well, on the visit, Scott suggested we go see Kevin Nealon at the Comedy club. That is where it all happened. After the show Kevin came over to meet me. It was there when I shared with Kevin and his Wife Susan about NF. What a nice couple they both are. So kind and understanding to NF, and the JUST ASK campaign. I’m proud that Kevin is wearing one of my JUST ASK! T-shirts. You never know where you may see one next. Thank you Kevin and Susan for your support. Hope to see you soon.
I have so many things to be thankful for.
This blog is my favorite because I get to thank all of you for your support. I wrote this down and wanted to say it at our Board Meeting for JUST ASK! I didn’t get to; I’m saying everything now.
After my website went live, everything has changed for me in great ways. Lou doesn’t want to take credit for what has happened here. If it wasn’t for Lou, there would be no Website and Blog, Live Stock Show and Rodeo, Baseball Games at Minute Maid Park, Football at Reliant Stadium, meeting The Neville Brothers, Mayor Bill White, George Clinton, Kevin Nealon, the Houston International Festival, the Texas Renaissance Festival, The Houston Roller Derby Bouts and the NF Fund Raiser. And I wouldn’t have met the hundreds of wonderful people along the way.
I’m thankful for my friend William Hughes for helping with the website and all things having to do with my computer. Matt Jones for all of his help with the Just Ask Foundation. Michelle Reed for helping with her generous donation to set up the Just Ask Foundation. And of course William, Matt and John Person for helping me “refine” my musical talent at our “Jam Nights” at Lou’s.
Thanks to all of my friends who helped with Doodle Day by donating doodles. Matt Loftiss, The Art Guys, Aaron Long, Andy Dearwater, Kim White, Kate Wiggins, Matt Walsh, Jordon Walker, Elena Congelio, Rhea Diaz, Former Senator and now Fort Worth Mayor, Mike Moncrief, and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Also, thank you to my friends and famous photographers Arthur Meyersen and Greg Gorman. Greg was nice enough to photograph we when I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago visiting my friend Scott Dicksonand his family. The Dickson family treated me really well. Thank you Arthur Meyersen for helping my family after Hurricane Ike.
I will always be forever grateful and appreciative of the warmth and friendship extended to me from all my friends at the Houston Roller Derby: Dementia, Mistilla the Killa, Jeckill & Heidi, Carmen Geddit, Fro-ro-cious and the one and only David Beebe, “The Colonel!” You guys rock!
How could I forget Christi Myersfrom ABC KTRK and Damali Keith from FOX 26 for their wonderful news stories. Laurie Seltzerfrom MNI Networks for the full page ads in Time, Newsweek and US News & World Report. Henry De La Garza and Jorge Moya for helping get the word out about “Just Ask!”
One of the best things to ever happen to me happened this year when my friends, Connie and Jaen Lawrence, found the perfect dog and companion for me. “Shiner”is without a doubt the best dog in the world!!! Connie and Jaen also provided me with a new mahogany desk, computers, printers and office supplies so I could move into STANANDLOU and start the “Just Ask! Foundation. I am so blessed to know these two wonderful people!
I think it would be nice if we took a minute here on this blog and said thanks for all the wonderful people and events that we have experienced this past year.
I know we all have something we are thankful for.
I feel that we have lots of promising things ahead for all who suffer with NF. Let’s give thanks to the doctors, nurses and researchers for all they do for NF research and treatment. Especially you, Dr. Riccardi, Dr. Bart Moore and you, Dr. John Slopis!
Last, but not least, I am thankful for all the wonderful, caring people that I have met on this blog: Emily, Patricia, Brian, Shelley, John P, Meredyth, Everette, David Linn, Susan, Cindy, Francis from France, Fran, Laura, Connie, Sugar Ray Leonard, Scott, Colleen, Allyson, Jerry, David, Tanya, Escarlata, Ne-Ne’s mom, Bob, Rick from England, Vera, Rie, Jaen, Rick, Michael, Bea, John K and over 150,000 visitors who have come to the site.
In my many thanks, I’m including my Church, Second Baptist in Houston. My Bible Study Class, CrossTraining , took on a project when they saw my family had a need and the entire class pitched in and gave our home a make over, While the work was being done, we were put up in a hotel. We how have a new home with wonderful landscaping. Thank you Nancy Adkins and Dotty Tompkins for heading up the project. Everyone in the class took part in making our home comfortable.
I hope you all have gotten as much from the site as I have and will continue to share your stories, your challenges and your victories here on this site. Thank you all for being such good, no, great friends!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Your friend, Reggie