Simon’s Fund on Top of the World (or Scottsdale)

An old friend from college, Jerry Altman, reached out to me after Simon passed away.  He’s been very generous to the cause ever since.  He just sent me this photo of him on top of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale wearing a Simon’s Fund shirt. The death of a child is...

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The Intangibles

Classic movie . . . Kevin Costner plays Elliot Ness . . . wait, that’s The Untouchables.  The intangibles are the things that happen but are hard to sense and even harder to quantify.  “Raising Awareness” is one of the big intangibles in our organization.  We want parents, school personnel, coaches, pediatricians...

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I've Got a Feeling . . .

I’ve got a feeling . . .   These four words lead most people to the same conclusion – Black Eyed Peas.  I know its a big hit – my kids love it.  I think it is one of the most annoying songs ever released. I only bring this up because I do have...

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Student Drowns – Could Be Heart Related . . .

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS/WBNS) Rico Butler, a Hilliard Davidson High School student and star athlete, drowned Tuesday night while swimming in a Columbus, Ohio quarry. Police recovered the 17-year-old’s body from a quarry near Dublin and Trabue roads shortly before noon, according to CBS affiliate WBNS. Butler was swimming with several...

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Misleading – Autopsy Show SIDS

An autopsy cannot show SIDS.  An autopsy can only rule out other things.  This is irresponsible reporting, or worse, an irresponsible finding. A report from the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s office says that 9-month-old Ryder Brown died of “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome,” commonly known as SIDS. The child was found...

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Simon’s Day – Fun & Fundraising

On May 2, the Ambler Theater was transformed into a family celebration.  Kids laughed at the Great Holtzie, danced to Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band and were mesmerized by Michael Bonacci’s magic.  We even spotted a few parents hiding out in the theaters watching classic Looney Toons and Sports Bloopers. Fun was...

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The Other Side of Life

For five years, all of the celebrations in my life have been played against the backdrop of tragedy.   That doesn’t mean that all of the celebrations have been bad.  It just means that every celebration is somehow dampened by the loss of Simon. Today, was an exception.  Today, I saw the other side of life.  I left my...

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A New Beat in Heart Research

Sudden Cardiac Arrest syndrome (SCA) is poorly understood, but it’s a real danger for the otherwise young and healthy. For no apparent reason, the heart suddenly stops beating, and without treatment death may follow within minutes. It’s why some athletes drop dead on the track and why a young man,...

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Yarzheit

  Yarzheit [yar-tzhight] is the Jewish practice of remembering the death of a loved one.  It is based on the Jewish calendar.  In our secular society, this anniverary takes a back seat to the “real” annivesary of Simon’s death, January 24, 2005.  Most people, have no idea that there is this other anniversary, the 15th day...

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Big Talk

I’ve been to so many conferences.  They ranged in content from bankruptcy law to social marketing to small businesses.  At these conferences, I get the opportunity to meet lots of different people.  Most of the discussion occurs around the breakfast or lunch table.  Typically, they are strangers when we randomly sit down together, and...

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