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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Justin's Washington Redskins' Night

Last night was an unbelievable night for Justin and Justin's Quest. Jeff Kolodin, a board member of the National Brain Tumor Society invited Justin , myself and Jeff's son, Michael ,invited my third son Jacob to the Washington Redskins' player of the year award ceremony at the Quarterback Club held in Vienna Virginia. That alone was special, but Jeff arranged to have a basketball hoop delivered to the Westin hotel courtesy of Dicks Sporting Goods. The hoop was set up in the lobby of the hotel and all the furniture was moved out. The flooring was tile and perfect for dribbling and shooting hoops. I sat in the lobby of the hotel and watched in amazement as Justin approached current and former Redskins ' players and telling them that he has a brain tumor and that he wants to raise money to find a cure and raise awareness. He asked them to shoot with him. The courage of that little boy was truly amazing and inspirational. The Redskins were in a hurry to sign in but when approached by Justin they were so gracious and eager to talk with Justin and shoot a hoop, autograph Justin's shirt and take a picture with him. As a proud father watching this I was so pleased and honored that these wonderful athletes showed tremendous compassion for Justin and his disease. The players were so into shooting with Justin that many of them took off their suit jackets to shoot with Justin. The following players were so gracious to shoot with Justin: Neal Olkewicz, Virgil Seay, Ricky Ervins, Roy Jefferson, Pat Fisher, Ken Harvey, Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, Andre Collins, Charles Mann and Mark Rypien, who unfortunately lost his son to brain cancer almost 11 years ago. We also had men from the armed services and other guests shoot with Justin. This night was so incredible in raising awareness for Justin's Quest. Overall, 150 baskets were made that night. I want to personally thank Dario Savarese who organized the event and was so nice and compassionate to allow Justin shoot hoops with the Redskins and guests.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Justin, on spreading the word! We need to raise awareness and funds for this disease and you are doing a remarkable job. Keep being brave - and keep asking!

December 18, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much,
Justin

December 19, 2009 at 7:57 PM  

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