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Birthday Gratitude

On Saturday, November 20th, we raised $365 for Bounce For Life! Thank you to all of you who donated and for the well wishes from everyone. You all helped make my birthday week so much fun, truly an EXTRAORDINARY celebration.

Below you will find the “Victorisms”, the quotes from last week’s board that were attributed to me. You’ll also find the various playlists from throughout the week. Enjoy!

Victorisms
Enjoy!
Feel free.
Thank you for being here.
OR NOT is always an option.
Take your time.
Nicely done. (variations were: Nice work in that series. Good job in…. Etc.)
As you are ready.
Breathe.
How’s that?
Eventually.
Relax your glutes. Yoga should make you less of a tight ass.
Find yourself as you are.
Shall we flow?
Looks like you’ve had enough of that. (variation: That’s enough of that.)
Indeed.
Is that all you got?
I got nothin’.
Make the ordinary extraordinary. (variation: The ordinary is extraordinary.)
I have a couple of announcements.
Please park only in the customer spaces.

Birthday Week Music Mixes

Monday

11:30

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1994 The Wood Song Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:14
✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 2004 What Ever I Feel Like Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Comedy 0:06
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓ 1975 New York State Of Mind Billy Joel Greatest Hits Rock 6:05
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓  Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams Mike Myers Memories and Boob Fights Comedy 0:21
✓ 1976 If It’s Magic Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life R&B Old School 3:12
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34

12:30

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1994 The Wood Song Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:14
✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 2004 What Ever I Feel Like Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Comedy 0:06
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓ 1975 New York State Of Mind Billy Joel Greatest Hits Rock 6:05
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓  Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams Mike Myers Memories and Boob Fights Comedy 0:21
✓ 1976 If It’s Magic Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life R&B Old School 3:12
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34

5:45

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1994 The Wood Song Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:14
✓ 2000 All I Need Michael McDonald The Complete Blue Obsession Recordings Music 5:41
✓ 2004 What Ever I Feel Like Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Comedy 0:06
✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 1987 Man In The Mirror Michael Jackson Bad Pop 5:19
✓ 1993 Blink Of An Eye Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:56
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 1990 Someday We’ll All Be Free Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection Soul/R&B 4:14
✓  It Tolls For Thee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Books & Spoken 0:49
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 1975 New York State Of Mind Billy Joel Greatest Hits Rock 6:05
✓ 2001 Everything Must Change Quincy Jones 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Quincy Jones Soul 6:05
✓  Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams Mike Myers Memories and Boob Fights Comedy 0:21
✓ 2006 The Heart of Life John Mayer Continuum Rock 3:19
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓ 1976 If It’s Magic Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life R&B Old School 3:12
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34
✓ 1999 Soon Be To Nothing Indigo Girls Come On Now Social Music 4:30

7:30

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1969 You Can’t Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed Rock 7:29
✓ 1994 The Wood Song Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:14
✓ 2000 All I Need Michael McDonald The Complete Blue Obsession Recordings Music 5:41
✓ 2004 What Ever I Feel Like Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Comedy 0:06
✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 1987 Man In The Mirror Michael Jackson Bad Pop 5:19
✓ 1993 Blink Of An Eye Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:56
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 1990 Someday We’ll All Be Free Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection Soul/R&B 4:14
✓  It Tolls For Thee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Books & Spoken 0:49
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 1975 New York State Of Mind Billy Joel Greatest Hits Rock 6:05
✓ 2001 Everything Must Change Quincy Jones 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Quincy Jones Soul 6:05
✓ 1980 Redemption Song Bob Marley & The Wailers Uprising Reggae 3:54
✓  Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams Mike Myers Memories and Boob Fights Comedy 0:21
✓ 2006 The Heart of Life John Mayer Continuum Rock 3:19
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓ 1976 If It’s Magic Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life R&B Old School 3:12
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34

Tuesday

12:30

✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 1993 Blink Of An Eye Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:56
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 1987 Man In The Mirror Michael Jackson Bad Pop 5:19
✓ 1990 Someday We’ll All Be Free Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection Soul/R&B 4:14
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓  It Tolls For Thee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Books & Spoken 0:49
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03

5:30

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1969 You Can’t Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed Rock 7:29
✓ 1995 Epilogue (Nothing ‘Bout Me) Sting Ten Summoner’s Tales Rock 3:42
✓ 2006 I Choose India.Arie Testimony: Vol.1, Life & Relationship R&B 4:46
✓ 2004 Golden Jill Scott Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2 Neo-Soul 3:52
✓ 2004 What Ever I Feel Like Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite Comedy 0:06
✓ 1994 One to Grow On UMC’s Wild Pitch Classics Hip Hop/Rap 4:44
✓ 1993 Blink Of An Eye Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:56
✓ 2010 Soul Singing The Black Crowes Croweology Rhythm & Booze 4:15
✓ 1987 Man In The Mirror Michael Jackson Bad Pop 5:19
✓ 1971 Border Song (Holy Moses) Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted And Black Soul 3:19
✓  Boyfriend Cloris Leachman Young Frankenstein Comedy 0:09
✓ 1970 Into The Mystic Van Morrison Moondance Singer/Songwriter 3:30
✓ 1997 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day nimrod Rock 2:35
✓ 2004 All That We Let In Indigo Girls All That We Let In Music 4:38
✓ 1990 Someday We’ll All Be Free Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection Soul/R&B 4:14
✓ 1970 Let It Be The Beatles Let It Be Rock 4:03
✓  It Tolls For Thee Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Books & Spoken 0:49
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓  Just The End The Beatles Abbey Road Remix Rock 0:34
✓  Sharks With Frickin Laser Beams Mike Myers Memories and Boob Fights Comedy 0:21
✓ 1972 Lean On Me Bill Withers Still Bill Soul/R&B 4:19
✓ 1975 New York State Of Mind Billy Joel Greatest Hits Rock 6:05
✓ 2001 Everything Must Change Quincy Jones 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Quincy Jones Soul 6:05
✓ 2006 The Heart of Life John Mayer Continuum Rock 3:19
✓ 1976 If It’s Magic Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life R&B Old School 3:12
✓  That’s It Good Night Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld Comedy 0:05
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42

Wednesday

11:30

✓ 1996 Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot Sting Mercury Falling Rock 6:43
✓ 1993 Everlasting Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:31
✓ 2002 Our Deliverance Indigo Girls Become You Music 4:12
✓ 1971 Border Song (Holy Moses) Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted And Black Soul 3:19
✓ 1972 Lean On Me Bill Withers Still Bill Soul/R&B 4:19
✓ 2003 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free Nina Simone Anthology R&B Old School 3:09
✓ 2007 You’ve Got A Friend James Taylor One Man Band Music 5:02
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓ 1959 Blue In Green Miles Davis Kind Of Blue Jazz 5:38

12:30

✓ 1996 Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot Sting Mercury Falling Rock 6:43
✓ 1993 Everlasting Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:31
✓ 2002 Our Deliverance Indigo Girls Become You Music 4:12
✓ 1971 Border Song (Holy Moses) Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted And Black Soul 3:19
✓ 1972 Lean On Me Bill Withers Still Bill Soul/R&B 4:19
✓ 2003 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free Nina Simone Anthology R&B Old School 3:09
✓ 2007 You’ve Got A Friend James Taylor One Man Band Music 5:02
✓ 1988 Sylvie Sweet Honey In the Rock Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly Pop 2:03
✓ 1959 Blue In Green Miles Davis Kind Of Blue Jazz 5:38

5:45

✓ 1996 Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot Sting Mercury Falling Rock 6:43
✓ 1993 Everlasting Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:31
✓ 2010 Soul Singing The Black Crowes Croweology Rhythm & Booze 4:15
✓ 2003 Get On The Good Foot, Pt. 1 James Brown The 50th Anniversary Collection  Soul 3:30
✓ 1970 I’ve Got A Feeling The Beatles Let It Be Rock 3:38
✓ 1990 What’s Going On [Live] Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection Soul/R&B 5:23
✓ 2002 Our Deliverance Indigo Girls Become You Music 4:12
✓ 2003 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free Nina Simone Anthology R&B Old School 3:09
✓ 1982 Imagine John Lennon The John Lennon Collection Rock 3:05
✓ 1972 Lean On Me Bill Withers Still Bill Soul/R&B 4:19
✓ 1987 Running To Stand Still U2 The Joshua Tree Rock 4:19
✓ 1998 Ellis Island Marc Cohn Burning The Daze Music 5:13
✓ 2007 You’ve Got A Friend James Taylor One Man Band Music 5:02
✓ 1962 God Bless The Child Aretha Franklin The Queen In Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965 [Disc 1] Soul/R&B 3:04
✓ 2001 Peace Michael McDonald This Christmas Christmas 3:24
✓ 1959 Blue In Green Miles Davis Kind Of Blue Jazz 5:38

Thursday

12:30

✓ 1993 Everlasting Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:31
✓ 2002 Iwoya Angélique Kidjo/Dave Matthews Black Ivory Soul World 3:48
✓ 2004 Golden Jill Scott Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2 Neo-Soul 3:52
✓ 2003 Get On The Good Foot, Pt. 1 James Brown The 50th Anniversary Collection  Soul 3:30
✓ 1970 I’ve Got A Feeling The Beatles Let It Be Rock 3:38
✓ 1995 This Is Your LIfe (Single Edit) The Commodores Anthology – The Best of The Commodores R&B Old School 3:20
✓ 1973 Lean On Me Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall Soul/R&B 5:48
✓ 1998 Ellis Island Marc Cohn Burning The Daze Music 5:13
✓ 1962 God Bless The Child Aretha Franklin The Queen In Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965 [Disc 1] Soul/R&B 3:04
✓ 2001 Peace Michael McDonald This Christmas Christmas 3:24

5:30

✓ 1996 Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot Sting Mercury Falling Rock 6:43
✓ 1996 hard to make a stand Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow Rock 3:08
✓ 2004 Golden Jill Scott Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2 Neo-Soul 3:52
✓ 2002 Iwoya Angélique Kidjo/Dave Matthews Black Ivory Soul World 3:48
✓ 2001 Strength, Courage, and Wisdom India Arie Acoustic Soul R&B Old School 4:58
✓ 1993 Everlasting Michael McDonald Blink Of An Eye Music 4:31
✓ 1994 One to Grow On UMC’s Wild Pitch Classics Hip Hop/Rap 4:44
✓ 1970 I’ve Got A Feeling The Beatles Let It Be Rock 3:38
✓ 2003 Get On The Good Foot, Pt. 1 James Brown The 50th Anniversary Collection  Soul 3:30
✓ 2010 Soul Singing The Black Crowes Croweology Rhythm & Booze 4:15
✓ 1995 This Is Your LIfe (Single Edit) The Commodores Anthology – The Best of The Commodores R&B Old School 3:20
✓  Philosophy of Loss Indigo Girls Come On Now Social Music 2:43
✓ 2003 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free Nina Simone Anthology R&B Old School 3:09
✓ 1973 Lean On Me Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall Soul/R&B 5:48
✓ 1970 Woodstock Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon Folk 5:29
✓ 2007 Secret O’ Life James Taylor One Man Band Music 3:42
✓ 1998 Ellis Island Marc Cohn Burning The Daze Music 5:13
✓ 1962 God Bless The Child Aretha Franklin The Queen In Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965 [Disc 1] Soul/R&B 3:04
✓ 2001 Peace Michael McDonald This Christmas Christmas 3:24

Saturday

10:00

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 2006 See You In The Light Michael Franti & Spearhead Yell Fire! Soul/R&B 4:19
✓ 1996 Lie in Our Graves Dave Matthews Band Crash Rock 5:42
✓ 1968 Birthday The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 2] Rock 2:43
✓ 1991 Why Should I Cry For You Sting Soul Cages Rock 4:47
✓  Espresso Gene Hackman Young Frankenstein Comedy 0:05
✓ 1975 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Rock 5:34
✓ 1977 With A Little Help From My Friends Joe Cocker Joe Cocker’s Greatest Hits Rock 5:05
✓ 1973 Let Us Love Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall Soul/R&B 5:21
✓ 1994 Descending The Black Crowes Amorica. (Remaster) Rock 5:43
✓ 1939 Farewell to Baseball Lou Gehrig Great Speeches of The 20th Century – Volume 3 – the Dreams, Inspirations & Accomplishments Books & Spoken 0:21
✓ 2009 If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out Cat Stevens If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out / Peace Train / Roadsinger – EP Singer/Songwriter 2:46
✓ 1992 Washing Of The Water Peter Gabriel Us Rock 3:52
✓ 2007 Shower The People James Taylor One Man Band Music 4:56
✓ 1973 Visions Stevie Wonder Innervisions R&B Old School 5:24
✓  whenyoudie    0:27
✓ 1989 All That You Have Is Your Soul Tracy Chapman Crossroads Music 5:11
✓ 1970 Woodstock Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon Folk 5:29
✓ 2004 Humble Me Norah Jones Feels Like Home Vocal 4:36
✓ 1994 Fare Thee Well Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:02
✓ 1989 And So It Goes Billy Joel Storm Front Music 3:38

12:00

✓ 1954 20th Century Fox Fanfare John Williams Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack 0:23
✓ 1975 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Rock 5:34
✓ 1968 Birthday The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 2] Rock 2:43
✓ 1991 Why Should I Cry For You Sting Soul Cages Rock 4:47
✓  Espresso Gene Hackman Young Frankenstein Comedy 0:05
✓ 1977 With A Little Help From My Friends Joe Cocker Joe Cocker’s Greatest Hits Rock 5:05
✓ 1973 Let Us Love Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall Soul/R&B 5:21
✓ 2009 If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out Cat Stevens If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out / Peace Train / Roadsinger – EP Singer/Songwriter 2:46
✓ 1939 Farewell to Baseball Lou Gehrig Great Speeches of The 20th Century – Volume 3 – the Dreams, Inspirations & Accomplishments Books & Spoken 0:21
✓ 1977 Just A Song Before I Go Crosby, Stills & Nash CSN Rock 2:14
✓ 1992 Washing Of The Water Peter Gabriel Us Rock 3:52
✓ 2007 Shower The People James Taylor One Man Band Music 4:56
✓ 1973 Visions Stevie Wonder Innervisions R&B Old School 5:24
✓  whenyoudie    0:27
✓ 1989 All That You Have Is Your Soul Tracy Chapman Crossroads Music 5:11
✓ 1970 Woodstock Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon Folk 5:29
✓ 2004 Humble Me Norah Jones Feels Like Home Vocal 4:36
✓ 1994 Fare Thee Well Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia Music 4:02
✓ 1989 And So It Goes Billy Joel Storm Front Music 3:38

Thanks again. Namaste.

Victor

Victor’s Birthday and Tribute to Andy Martin

On November 19, 2004 I celebrated my 32nd birthday. That same day, one of my closest friends, Andy Martin, died as a result of Sino-Nasal-Undifferentiated-Carcinoma (a rare form of nasal cancer). Each subsequent year I have shared my birthday with Andy’s memory and the legacy of his life and work.

Mostly I have remembered and retold the story of Andy’s unique battle with SNUC and helped raise money for Bounce For Life, the non-profit organization dedicated to the continuation of the work Andy began researching his own cancer while a medical student at Tulane University.

While Andy’s story certainly has personal relevance to me, the reason I feel so compelled to share it each year is because of the broader lessons Andy’s audacity, courage, hope, and commitment can teach us all. Here is Andy’s story:

In the summer of 2000, Andy was preparing to attend medical school at Tulane University when he developed intense nose bleeds. He was soon diagnosed with Sino-Nasal-Undifferentiated-Carcinoma. SNUC is one of the truly rare cancers with fewer than 100 cases reported in the scientific literature. It is also one of the most malignant cancers, with a 100% mortality rate within 5 years. Despite the diagnosis, and perhaps in someway inspired by it, for the next 4 years, Andy underwent the rigors of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery several times, while continuing in the medical school program at Tulane.

On the one hand, Andy was unnervingly confident that he could both beat this cancer and become an excellent physician. At the same time I believe that his rational mind understood the odds of his long term survival and that he calculated that spending his time in this pursuit, however potentially futile, was the best use of his remaining life. The inevitability of his passing sharpened his resolve.

While, to be sure, Andy’s battle was a personal one, he was not alone. When Andy lost his hair from chemotherapy and radiation treatment, his entire Tulane Medical School class shaved their heads in solidarity. On the occasion when Andy was almost guaranteed to lose his sense of taste because of an upcoming treatment, a wine-tasting party was held in his honor and Andy tasted his last drops of wine in the company of friends and colleagues. While the people around him came to give him support, I have no doubt that in many ways Andy’s courage and grace served as an inspiration for all of us who were lucky enough to be around him in those years.

Dr. Tyler Curiel was one of Andy’s professor’s at Tulane and became Andy’s mentor, colleague, and friend. Dr. Curiel was the Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Tulane where he ran a lab that specialized in immune responses to cancers. When Andy decided that he would rather, as he put it, “sidestep the clinical duties of a typical third year student and learn how to do the type of research that will further our understanding of SNUC,” he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Curiel.

Andy convinced Dr. Curiel to biopsy the cancer from Andy’s own body and Andy spent the rest of his life working with those samples. “If this cancer’s going to get me, damn it, I’m going to go down fighting, you know, and make a difference, so that future people who are diagnosed don’t have the same outcome that I had.” Andy’s work generated the only known living cell line of SNUC in the world. While research on this cell line certainly may one day inform the treatment of SNUC, its implications are much broader. Because SNUC is such a deadly and ferocious form of cancer, clinical treatments that either prove to slow or alter its development may be gateways in to treating more common forms of cancer. The value of a living cell line for this type of research can not be understated. If nothing else, and even if no treatment ever results from this research, Andy’s persistence, passion, and personal sacrifice will continue to serve those who watched him work and those who hear his story.

Bounce For Life, created while Andy was still alive, was originally a way for Dr. Curiel to help raise funds for the research by breaking a world record: he dribbled a basketball for 24 hours straight while running 108 miles. The organization continues now to help fund the research that Andy began and keep his cell lines, story, work, and legacy alive.

To Support Bounce For Life or read more about Andy go to www.bounceforlife.org.

On Saturday, November 20, 2010 I will teach my regular 10:00 a.m. Intermediate and 12:00 noon Beginning classes. They will be a celebration of my birthday, friendship, and Andy. Feel free to come to class, or just stop by for cake, between classes at 11:30 a.m., or after the second class at 1:15 p.m. We will also collect cash and check donations for Bounce For Life.

Why We Do This

Jocelyn works late on Thursday nights. It’s the schedule we’ve had for a while now (Dalia in preschool all day M/W/F; On Tues. with me during the day and Jocelyn at night, on Thurs. with Joc during the day and me at night).

Most Thursday’s she’s in the office seeing clients who need after work hours appointments, or taking someone on a guided grocery shopping at New Leaf/TJ’s/Staff/Whole Foods. Tonight she was in Monterey at CHOMP giving a presentation for the American Cancer Society, “Fight Cancer With Your Fork.”

Until February of 2009 Jocelyn worked part time at the Monterey Bay Oncology Center doing in person and phone consultations with cancer patients. In that capacity she mostly helped patients find foods they could keep down during chemotherapy, find nutrients to support getting well, and for some simply find joy in one of the basic pleasures of life during their transition into death.

Tonight, the spouse of one of those patients came to the presentation in order to meet Jocelyn in person and share how much the sessions his wife had had with Jocelyn in the last weeks of her life had meant to them and their family.

While she told me this my eyes swelled with tears. Tears of pride (I am so proud of my wife). Tears of sorrow (suffering and loss). Tears of gratitude.

Victor