New Year, New Opportunities, New Needs


Timestamp – Johnsburg, Illinois Saturday, January 07, 2012 8:00 A.M. CST

After dropping off my oldest son for his 7:00 A.M. wrestling practice this morning, I grabbed a cup of hope and sat my sorry ass down in the Walla-Pa-Looza WWHQ to go through our mail, letters, e-mails and check book so I could start planning our meeting at the end of the month. I am excited to start planning what will be our 4th annual Walla-Pa-Looza event July, 28th, 2012. We have some big surprises and will continue to work on “McHenry Counties Fastest Growing Non-For-Profit Music Festival.” We have landed some great talents this year so I think you will be as excited as I am. So, mark it on your calendar. Even though we have had a mild winter thus far, I need you thinking summer because pretty soon, we will be turning the air conditioning on & grilling juicy steaks plus, I don’t want you to forget about us and here’s why: we raise money for people like your cousin, neighbor, co-worker or even the person that delivers your paper!

Wait, you don’t get your paper delivered? Ok, maybe I am living in 1994 but you get what I mean right? I am talking about every day people in your neighborhood that take the time to send us applications for assistance so they can get some help. They take the time to tell us “their” story and folks let me tell you, reading these applications and letters makes you tear up. Could you imagine sitting down at your computer filling out an application telling people you barely know how bad your financial situation is? I can’t! Some of our applications come with a two or three page letter that has quotes in them like “I am still fighting and have yet to go into remission. I plan on being around to see my wonderful grandchildren grow up”.

Reading these type of letters remind me to be thankful of my health, my families health and give me the encouragement to help those in need.

One of the things I don’t look forward to is seeing more applications come in to the WWHQ and it’s not that we don’t want to help it just means another good person has been affected by a terrible disease and needs help. The way I look at it is, someone that was having a good life, saving for retirement, working a good job, supporting a family and, BOOM! They had to have all of those things taken from them and now, are wondering if they have enough gas to get to Chemo. That’s the reality folks and you know what? Cancer does not understand economics so don’t think the insurance you have will cover every expense because it doesn’t. If you want to survive you will need to pull your money out of your savings, 401K and go into credit card debt. Trust me, I have seen enough over the past four years and have seen enough fund raisers to give you every scenario possible.

I know this blog has some seriousness to it but it’s a new year and I want you thinking about how you can help, volunteer, donate or spread the word. YOU have your health!

Do me a favor make it your New Year’s resolution and stick to it. Besides, breaking your diet is ok, you’re not that fat and garlic bread is really not that bad for you.

Happy New Year