Thank you, Kathryn Tyler and Poison Girl for hosting our first ever Just Ask Fundraiser! Thank you to everyone who showed up and those who chose to donate via our gofundme account instead. A Grand Total of $1,500 was raised which will cover most of the expenses of our next world tour stop as soon as Reggie is up for the travel.
Thank you, again, everyone for a great afternoon at Poison Girl and a great opportunity to raise awareness of Neurofibromatosis to a new audience!
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.
I got the surprise of my life today. Well it shouldn’t have surprised me. Sugar Ray has always been a supporter of my work in JUST ASK. Sugar Ray wrote me. He said, he needs a new Just Ask t-shirt, so he can continue to wear my shirt and help spread awareness of neurofibromatosis when he travels to other countries. This is great to have someone as famous as Sugar Ray Leonard to be involved with making a difference in the JUST ASK! campaign. Sugar Ray always ends his notes by calling me the Champ. Sugar Ray is the real Champ!
From: Ed Port <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: December 27, 2008 2:56:15 AM CST
Subject: Hello Reggie from Ed Port
Thank you for the e-mail MIke forward it to me. How did yo hear about my story? I fist saw you on the O about a year ago when I was flipping thou the TV chs Mike has been trying to help me get my story out. I ws chatting with friend today on yahoo that lives in Romania who said he would put my website on his blog to help to get the word out and to help rasie funds.
I would like your imput on anything that would help make the website better. I wike your store very much it would great to speak to you
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.