2012 Northwestern CNADC Fundraiser Speeches

Speech, Speech! $5,567 raised for PPA Research!

Thank you to the CNADC Team who helped put this amazing fundraiser together on such short notice. The turnout was unbelievable and it was an honor to be the special guest for this important event creating awareness and funds for PPA in the Windy City.

I hope we can make this an annual tradition.

To see more photos, go to: Hustle up the Hancock

To read about the event, go to: CNADC Fundraiser


Most Marathons Run In A Year

Texas Lawyer R. Laurence Macon Eyes Guinness Record


SAN ANTONIO, Jan 3 (Reuters) – R. Laurence Macon didn’t win Saturday’s New Year’s Double Marathon in the Dallas suburb of Allen. He didn’t even come in second.

But the prominent San Antonio trial lawyer hopes that he won something else: a new world record. The race was the 113th certified marathon that Macon completed in 2011, he said. And he did it on his 67th birthday.

“It’s a great birthday gift,” Macon told Reuters after completing the course.

The current record for the most marathons completed in one year by a male runner is 106, according to the Guinness World Records website. South Korea’s IM Chae Ho set that record in 2009 and Macon matched it in 2010, the site says.

“If Larry did complete the 113 marathons and sends in required documentation for our records management team to review, he will have broken the current record,” Sara Wilcox, a Guinness public relations and marketing assistant, told Reuters in an e-mail on Tuesday.

Macon, a partner with the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld who has collected hundreds of millions of dollars in damages in lawsuits, said he sometimes does business while running marathons.

Once, he said, he conducted a conference call regarding a multimillion-dollar civil case while running in the Boston Marathon.

“The opposing counsel doesn’t seem to be bothered by my heavy breathing,” he told Reuters.

Macon, who said he is in “lousy” physical shape for 67, said he just “goes out there and puts one foot in front of the other” and doesn’t attempt speed records. In fact, he said his fastest marathon time is four hours, 45 minutes — twice the
usual winning time.

It is not unusual for him to run seven marathons in a week. He said that in February, for example, he ran a marathon in South Carolina, ran another the following day in Maryland, and a third the day after that in California. Each time after crossing the finish line, he drove to the airport, he said.

“I generally change clothes in the car,” he said.

Macon, who didn’t start running until age 49, estimates he has run 2,938 miles in marathons this year, gone through 12 pairs of shoes and logged 200,000 miles in the air.

“I was talking to some other lawyers at the county courthouse,” he said. “I bragged that I was planning on running a marathon, and the other lawyers said, ‘Why don’t we throw you a party after you finish it?’ So I was stuck.”

He said that while his marathon career may have some people convinced that he’s crazy, he hopes it inspires other middle-aged people to “get some exercise and have some fun.”

“I have left specific instructions that if I die on the course, my friends are supposed to drag my body down the rest of the course and across the finish line,” he said. “And then lie about the results.”

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Hope is a four letter word

“Aphasia” the Movie

The film “Aphasia”, the true story of actor Carl McIntyre who, after suffering a massive stroke and losing his ability to read, write and talk, struggles against overwhelming odds to redefine his life.

I had the great pleasure to sit down and meet Jim Gloster (Producer/Writer/Director) and Donna S. Scott (Executive Producer) of the movie “Aphasia” last night at a local bar called Sir Edmund Halley’s in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was referred to these two wonderful people through a Twitter mixer many months back. Everyone at this meeting was telling me to get in touch with Jim and Donna and boy was I pleased to have this opportunity to speak with them about creating more awareness for PPA and Aphasia worldwide.

The movie is based on Jim’s friend of 20+ years named Carl, an actor who suffered a severe stroke on September 15th, 2005. Immediately following the stroke, Carl was virtually unable to speak, a condition know as Aphasia. Jim and Donna along with two other team members created this impactful movie to educate those within the medical community, those unaware of Aphasia’s symptoms, and to help bring a voice to patients and families fighting against this disease day-in & day-out.

More than 100,000 Americans develop Aphasia annually. Aphasia affects about one million Americans, or 1 in 250 people. It is more common than Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. However, most people have still never heard of Aphasia. While the most common cause is a stroke, Aphasia can also result from head injury, brain tumor, or other neurological causes.

In 2008, Carl began making presentations to Speech-Language Pathology classes about his experiences during the stroke and his subsequent recovery process. These engaging presentations also examine Carl’s technique of picture association which enables  him to remember specific words.

It is the success of these presentations which sparked the idea for the film project and the development of other presentations. The success of the film “Aphasia” has led to Carl’s new career as a motivational speaker. He has captivated audiences nationwide with his inspiring story.

Both Jim and Donna travel across the United States as well as international locations such as Australia with Carl for speaking engagements where they screen their movie. Following the movie, Carl comes out and speaks to the audience about his story. There is also an ensuing Question and Answer session after his speech.

They have over 30 speaking trips planned in 2012 alone!

This was a tremendous honor to speak with both of these inspirational people who are doing everything in their power to help bring “Aphasia” onto the national stage. I know they will be successful with this project and their future endeavors.

Jim, Donna, and Carl will be showcasing their movie at ReelAbilities: New York’s Disabilities Film Festival on February 12th and 13th: http://newyork.reelabilities.org/films/view/aphasia

Please take a minute to like their Facebook page at AphasiatheMovie

You can also follow them on Twitter @AphasiatheMovie

Lastly, Carl and the film can be booked through carlmcintyre.com.

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A Must See

Budhia Singh ran 48 marathons by the age of 4! A coach and a slum boy. Divided by the world.

Gemma Atwal’s dynamic epic follows four-year-old Budhia, rescued from poverty by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach and operator of an orphanage for slum children in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. When Budhia displays an uncommon talent for long-distance running, Biranchi nurtures his gift, heralding him as a folk hero for the impoverished masses, and maybe even for India itself. But after golden child Budhia breaks down during a world-record 65 kilometer run at the age of four, public opinion begins to turn on the guru and his disciple, and soon the two are swept up in a maelstrom of media controversy and political scandal. Following Budhia’s roller-coaster journey over five years, Marathon Boy is a Dickensian tale of greed, corruption, and broken dreams set between the heart-racing world of marathon running, the poverty-stricken slums, and the political intrigue of a modernizing India. Nothing is what it seems in Budhia and Biranchi’s story, and Atwal continually shifts viewer identification to tell both a shocking story of opportunism and exploitation, but also a touching portrait of an authentic bond between a parent and child.

Pre-game Festivities

Game Day

What happens when arch rivals come together ONE day a year to battle in an aggressive game of football for a greater cause?

Watch the pre-game festivities video:

To see photos, go to: Turkey Bowl V