Saturday, April 5, 2014

Avoiding History

Last Saturday we made the drive down to Philly with my cousin Chad and Uncle Rick to watch the 76ers take on the Detroit Pistons.  The main reason for going was to try to catch up with Charlie Villanueva.  I first met Charlie when I was 4 and he was a rookie with the Toronto Raptors.  Like me, Charlie has alopecia.  We've had the chance to connect several times through the years through his program "Charlie's Angels".  This is a program Charlie came up with in 2005 and he meets with kids with alopecia to talk, take pictures, sign autographs, and show support. In 2006 Charlie won the NBA's Community Assist Award because of his program.

It was also a BIG night for the 76ers.  They had lost a record tying 26 games in a row heading into Saturday and were looking to beat the Pistons so they didn't break the record for most consecutive losses of the 4 major sports!

Gavin, Blake, and Chad


Well, the 76ers came out on top 123-98 avoiding a record breaking losing streak.  We didn't see Charlie at the shoot around and couldn't connect after the game, but it was still a great game to watch.  So we ended up with 0 autographs, but saw the 76ers avoid history with the win! Charlie did send me a message on Sunday and we will definitely catch up next season!

Charlie warming up

Sixers win!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Opening Day 2014

Happy Opening Day!  The 2014 season kicks off today with everyone having a little hope for their team.  I've never been to an MLB Opening Day, but one day we will.  So with everyone having a clean slate on a new season, here are the predictions Gavin and I have for the 2014 season.



Gavin's Picks 
                                                         
NL MVP:  Bryce Harper, Nationals                        
NL Cy Young:  Jordan Zimmerman, Nationals       

AL MVP:  Derek Jeter, Yankees
AL Cy Young:  Felix Hernandez, Mariners                                                        

World Series:  Dodgers over Rangers

Blake's Picks

NL MVP:  Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers
NL Cy Young: Jose Fernandez, Marlins

AL MVP:  Mike Trout, Angels
AL Cy Young:  Max Sherzer, Tigers

World Series:  Dodgers over Angels


So, who are your picks? Comment below or tell us on facebook at Autographs 4 Alopecia!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

March Madness Delaware Blue Hens

It only seems fitting to do a post now on a team that was in the middle of March Madness.  Our friends, Melissa and Trey, go to some University of Delaware basketball games.  They are family friends with freshman forward Devonne Pinkard.  At a game earlier this season, they got a poster signed for us.  The Blue Hens went on to a 25-9 season and won the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.  After a great season, they made it to the NCAA tournament!   Thanks Melissa and Trey!

 


Today's Autographs: 11
2014 Autographs: 11

2014 My Donation $.55 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2013 Year In Review

2013 was our third year of doing Autographs 4 Alopecia and we're finally getting around to the review.  It started out as a rough year.  A leg injury and 2 concussions kept me home and unable to autograph as much as we had in the past.  It was still a good year as we were able to get 428 autographs and donate 42.80 to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.  With other donations that came in, the total raised for 2013 was $150.00.  



There were a few highlights from 2013 as well...here are a few:

1.  Got to meet Oakland Raiders Jack Crawford who also has alopecia areata

2.  Met Biingo from the Biggest Loser at the York Revolution

3.  Got a great Ducks package from our friend Emil with lots of great autographs and signed jersey

4.  Throwing out the first pitch at the Tri City Valley Cats and meeting Mark Appel and Tommy John

5.  Little League World Series in Williamsport

So for a down year, it was still a GREAT year and were thankful to all the players, coaches, and teams that helped in our journey.  There were a few "forgotten" posts from last year that will kick off and count for 2014.

We're looking forward to a great 2014!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy 13th Blake!

This past Sunday was Blake's 13th birthday!  It's hard to believe but we have a teenager in the house!  Happy Birthday to a fun, smart, caring boy who has dealt with a lot, but come out stronger!  Love you buddy!

Happy 13th Birthday Blake!

Sunday also marked the 3 year anniversary of starting Autographs 4 Alopecia.  Through the first 3 years we've been able to raise some money for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, but more importantly we've been able to raise a lot of awareness.  Blake and Gavin have done a great job and are looking forward to new and exciting things for 2014! 



Friday, November 22, 2013

Harlem Wizards

When it was first announced that Manheim Township would be hosting the Harlem Wizards, we knew we wanted to go!  We had seen them back in 2008 for the first time and they were a blast to watch. The Wizards would take on a team of teachers from the Manheim Township School District known as the Blue Streaks Dream Team as a fundraiser for our school.  During the day, the Wizard players visited our different schools and promoted the game.  It must have worked because it was packed!

It was a great night getting to watch the Wizards do their ball handling drills, amazing dunks, funny routines, and also see some of our teachers play as well.  One cool thing they did was between the 3rd and 4th quarter.  They had all of the students come down on the court and dance with them for a few songs.   There was lots of interaction with the fans and it was so much fun. They also have a promotion going on that if you share a photo or video on their facebook page with #slamtastic, you can win a prize pack.  This is the picture we put up...must have been a tiring night for Air Jamaica.  :)

An exhausted Air Jamaica

After the game, the players stayed around so that everyone could get autographs and pictures.  We got a poster to get signed but could only get to 4 of the 6 guys that were there.  Gavin also got his ticket signed by his math teacher, Mr. Seiger. Thank you to the Wizards and Manheim Township for a great night!  Gavin and I start basketball practice in 2 weeks so we were glad to see some new things to try this year :)

Oh, by the way...as if there was any question...the Wizards won! :)


 
  
Blake is the left arrow, Gavin is the right arrow
Dancing with the Wizards
TOJO doing some ball tricks

DP making the full court pass

DP going to wake up King Arthur
Gavin and his Math teacher, Mr. Seiger

TOJO signing our poster

Gavin with Rocket

Gavin with King Arthur

 
 
Today's Autographs: 5
2013 Autographs: 428
2013 My donation: $21.40


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Quack to Quack Champions

One of the best things about going to baseball parks is getting to know people.  We've gotten to know a few people from Long Island and one of them is Emil Coccaro.  Emil is the clubhouse manager for the  Long Island Ducks and battled alopecia as a boy. Earlier in the summer, he brought us some autographed balls and told us he was working on a special project that wouldn't be done until the end of the season.  You can check out that post here... 

http://www.autographs4alopecia.com/2013/06/a-champion-on-and-off-field.html

Emil with the back to back championship trophies


Well, that special project has arrived!

Emil sent us a Kraig Binick game used jersey from the 2012 championship season.  There is a #8 patch on the side in honor of Hall of Famer and former Ducks manager, Gary Carter, and the front of the jersey is autographed by the 2013 Long Island Ducks championship team.  WOW!   When he told us he was working on a project, we had no idea that the Ducks would end up winning their 2nd championship in a row!  He joked in the letter about it being from Long Island, but WE LOVE IT and it will look great hanging in our room.



Thanks Emil!  Can't wait to see you next year!


Today's Autographs: 20
2013 Autographs: 423
2013 My donation: $21.15