Friday, July 11, 2014

St. Jude Children’s Hospital Benefit



St. Jude Children’s Hospital Benefit Auction
Celebrating 52 years of helping kids!
1962 – 2014

(ST JUDE'S web site)


Hi all,  I’m Gerald Hebert and I have been the coordinator in this event for the last 2 years and it has been great, but because of health issues, I have decided to step down and let someone younger and eager take my place.  I have enjoyed sending the many benefit checks to St. Jude, and they tell me they were really surprised at how much we were able to raise with this small event.  I want to thank ipigeon (Fred, Fred, and Sharon) for all their help also.  The new coordinator will be John Tierney of Maryland.  I wish him all the luck and please help him as you have helped me in this great cause.  His address and info. is here;

John Tierney
27600 Dawn Acres Lane
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
240-299-5478

Welcome to our St. Jude event page. We are hosting this event to raise money that will help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital find new treatments for childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. You can help St. Jude continue its lifesaving work against pediatric diseases with your donation. Check back often to see our progress. Thanks for helping us reach our goal for the kids of St. Jude!  Our goal for this event is $25,000!

We would like to offer the benefit, with your help, to make sure the wonderful staff at St. Jude Children’s Hospital have no financial problems to continue helping the thousands of children and their families that go there every year to receive treatment for cancer and other life threatening diseases.  It has been a lifelong dream of and my wife and me to make a large contribution to this cause.  But without a big lottery win, or huge bonus, that has not been a reality, so our monthly pledge has been all we can do until this idea came to me.  So with your help, support, and prayers we can make some worthy contributions for the cause!  If we help only one child, it will be worth the effort. 

Please feel free to donate at least one pigeon from your best stock to a worthy cause!  If you will send us photos, pedigrees, and a small description of the pigeon, and what it and it’s family has done in the pigeon racing game, we will upload it and give you credit for the donation on a special page for the auction.  We expect a large amount of donations, so please limit the donation to one per week, so everyone can have a chance to show their support. Other items could be training baskets, timing clocks, or any other pigeon related items.  Even monetary donations will be accepted! Please feel free to bid on the pigeons every week, it is one of the best charities out there, with so much that has been done and so much that needs to be done for these poor children. And it is 100% deductible. Please contact John Tierney to send a monetary donation straight to St. Jude to get the address, etc. so this event gets the credit.

If by any chance you are not set up or don’t have a friend who can take the pictures or scan the pedigree, you can ship the pigeon to me (John Tierney), and we will do all that is needed to make sure your donation gets put into the benefit.  You will not be compensated for the shipping to us if you do that, as we will use the shipping money to ship to the winning bidder after the auction.  If you do your own pictures etc., you will be compensated for shipping.  We are not doing this for a profit, all the money will be sent directly from the auction to the hospital on a weekly basis.  All the shipping money will be sent to me, so that I can compensate each shipper.

Each week there will be a full report listing all the donation items, from whom donated each item, and a total of all that was sent to the hospital.  This will be on a special page set up for this benefit.  If you can also send us a picture of yourself, it will be shown on that page next to your name.  It could be a club event if you would like, and each club make a donation every week, that way it would not be so much of a burden to any one individual to get what is needed done for the auction.

Why support St. Jude?

The support of caring people like you helps ensure that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will continue its lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. St. Jude founder Danny Thomas believed that "no child should die in the dawn of life," and your donations help bring us closer to the day when every precious life can be saved.

How do your donations help?
*       Thanks to donors, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. Care, housing, transportation, meals—the list of services we provide to our families is unequalled. But it is for one purpose: To ensure the very best outcome possible for every child.
*       At St. Jude, donor dollars help fuel the groundbreaking research that leads to pioneering care and treatments for childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

How is St. Jude making a difference for sick children?
*       Every child saved at St. Jude means children saved around the world—a direct result of cutting-edge research and treatment that set the standard in treating childhood cancers. And our discoveries are shared freely with doctors and scientists all over the world.
*       St. Jude developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent, when the hospital opened in 1962, to 80 percent today.
*       St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
*       St. Jude has embarked on an unprecedented effort to sequence the pediatric cancer genome and to identify the genetic changes that give rise to some of the world's deadliest childhood cancers.

How are donations used?
*       During the past five years, 81 cents of every dollar received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
*       It costs $1.8 million a day to operate St. Jude, and public donations provide more than 75 percent of our funding.

Donate now to help St. Jude save the lives of children in communities everywhere.

Celebrating 50 years of finding cures and saving Children!
Then

St. Jude On February 4, 1962, Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, forever changing the way the world would treat pediatric cancer.
It was the culmination of more than 10 years of work by Danny and his friends and supporters. As a struggling entertainer, Danny had prayed to Saint Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes, asking him to “show me my way in life.” Danny had vowed to build a shrine in honor of the saint if his prayer was answered.
View our interactive timeline and experience 50 years of St. Jude.
With his prayer answered and his vow fulfilled, Danny challenged the medical staff of the newly opened hospital to make his dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life” a reality. He tasked them with finding the cures for these life-threatening diseases and asked the American public to support the hospital so no family would ever pay for their child’s care.
At the time, there was little hope for a child with cancer. The survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4 percent. The medical staff, led by the hospital’s first director and CEO Donald Pinkel, M.D., took up the challenge.
By 1971, research at St. Jude helped push the survival rate for ALL from 4 percent to 50 percent. Advances also helped improve the outcomes of other diseases such as retinoblastoma (eye cancer), osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and medulloblastoma (brain cancer).

With its unique approach of placing basic research scientists and doctors under one roof, St. Jude could quickly turn laboratory discoveries into treatments.

Now

Originally opened as place to give hope to the hopeless, St. Jude now provides more than just hope to thousands of families. The research at St. Jude has helped to push the overall survival rate of childhood cancer from less than 20 percent to 80 percent, helping ensure that fewer children lose the battle against cancer. For ALL, the survival rate of this life-threatening disease is now 94 percent.
For families in their time of need, the emotional and financial support provided by St. Jude is unrivaled. Thanks to support from public contributions, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

St. Jude has also become a world-class institution that has set the standard for pediatric cancer care. Its efforts have been recognized by some of the nation’s top publications including U.S. News and World Report, FORTUNE, The Scientist and Parents.
St. Jude faculty and staff include Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators; Pew Scholars; members of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences; and a Nobel Laureate. St. Jude also serves as the national coordinating center for collaborations, including the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study.


Even with the success St. Jude has had in treating pediatric cancer, there is still much work to be done. “Danny’s dream was that ‘no child should die in the dawn of life,’” says St. Jude Director and CEO Dr. William Evans. And with eyes on that goal, St. Jude faculty and staff continue to rise to the challenges of a new century, marrying the latest technology with a vision and determination to succeed for children and families everywhere.
Initiatives like the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, launched in 2010, offer great promise for driving the future of pediatric cancer research. The project has already generated exciting new discoveries for retinoblastoma and leukemia, and more are on the horizon.
The discoveries and groundbreaking work of St. Jude in its first 50 years have made for a remarkable journey—from one man’s vision to one of the leading pediatric cancer centers in the world. But St. Jude always has its eye on the future and the exciting possibilities that await the doctors, scientists, families and children of a new generation who continue to benefit from Danny’s dream.
 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AU Board Completes Mid-Year Meeting

The American Racing Pigeon Union board of directors completed their mid-year meeting July 2, 2014, in Las Vegas. Minutes of the meeting will be posted soon to the AU website.

AU board members in deliberation.


Usual business included reports from each officer and each director.  New topics included discussion between the Drug Test Committee and remaining board members, an update on the new eWinSpeed©, and the unanimous approval of the newly developed Benzing live system that is already enjoyed in Europe.

Hanno Troll & associate, from Benzing, present Benzing live.
Benzing live unit.

The next AU board meeting will be in Omaha, Nebraska, just prior to the AU National Convention.  These meetings are the times that the board of directors considers member requests.  If you have suggestions that serve the betterment of the sport rules and bylaws, communicate with your Zone Director to submit a Board Action Request.  It is YOUR organization.  The board assists in steering the organization.  YOU need to share your ideas for racing enjoyment.  Stay in touch with your representatives; they are there for you.

Friday, June 13, 2014

ARE YOU READY FOR eWinSpeed©?




The American Racing Pigeon Union is in the process of developing eWinSpeed© for the convenience of access anywhere there is an Internet connection.  The eWinSpeed© program will allow for real-time clocking - now that's exciting - to be able to watch the winners times clock in real time as the birds come in from a race.  Wow!

In order to make that happen, the race figuring software will be moving to an on-line database format.  Before that can become reality, all variables involved in race recognition need to be part of the groundwork for the building of the program.  The AU office staff is in the process of updating the list of all clubs, combines, concourses and federations for the National Database.

This is exciting news.  This is happening now.  Are you ready?

If you have not sent in your club, combine, federation and concourse charters and bylaws, your race results will not be included.  Don't be left out.  Check the list below to be sure yours is in the record.  You may be getting a call soon from the AU office if we find that yours is missing from the list.

eWinSpeed© is coming!  Are you ready? 

Organizations that are currently chartered.