Friday, May 30, 2014

Sacramento Kings

We have a few posts to catch up on and the first is a package from the Sacramento Kings.  We got an envelope with 12 autographed pictures in it.  They were all of former Kings and BYU guard Jimmer Fredette.  He was a huge start at BYU, leading the nation in scoring his senior season.  Thank you Kings for your support.

Today's Autographs: 12
2014 Autographs: 69

2014 My Donation $3.45

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Game 2: Ducks vs Barnstormers

Last weekend we made it to our 2nd game of the season.  The Long Island Ducks were in town and our friend, Emil, would be coming down for Saturday nights game.  We got to the ball park early and had a chance to hang with Emil for a while and just catch up.  It's really cool to think of some of the friends we have because of baseball.  Emil has been great to get to know and the support he's given us has been awesome.  We pretty much just chatted with him while the players were going in and out of the clubhouse.  He did give us a 2014 Ducks team signed ball which is great!  As for the game, the Ducks beat the Barnstormers 5-0...but that's ok, we still had a great time and look forward to seeing him again.

Today's Autographs: 25
2014 Autographs: 57

2014 My Donation $2.85

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

1st Game of the Season...Barnstormers vs Patriots

Last weekend the Lancaster Barnstormers had their first home stand of the 2014 season.  Friday night was a boys night out.  Mom was at a conference so dad took us to the Friday night game.  It was our first chance to see the 2014 team and they looked good even though they lost 8.6. We were able to get a few autographs and see some friends, but it was great to get back to the ball park.  In addition to the autographs, Kyle came home with our first ball of the season!

1st ball of the season

Today's Autographs: 10
2014 Autographs: 32

2014 My Donation $1.60

Monday, May 12, 2014

Utah Jazz

Another NBA team stepped up to help our cause...the Utah Jazz!  The Jazz sent us a package that included 4 signed postcards.  They are from Marvin Williams, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, and Alec Burks.  Thanks you so much to the Jazz for helping us.

Today's Autographs: 4
2014 Autographs: 22

2014 My Donation $1.10

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Dallas Mavericks

Another NBA team has responded with a great package for us.  One thing that makes the Mavericks easy to like is owner Mark Cuban.  We love watching him on "Shark Tank" and his story from fan to owner.  The team sent us 2 signed photos... one of All Star Dirk Nowitzki and the other of Shawn Marion.  Thanks Mavericks and good luck next season!
Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion

Today's Autographs: 2
2014 Autographs: 18

2014 My Donation $.90 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers

We sent some letters to NBA teams at the end of the season to let them know of my mission to raise money and awareness for Alopecia Areata.  So far several teams have responded.  The first one was the Los Angeles Lakers.  They are usually playing this time of year, but were hammered with injuries this season.  They were so kind to send us an 8x10 photo of Steve Nash and a Read to Achieve folder from the 2004 season that was signed by Hall of Fame forward Karl Malone!  Thank you to the Lakers staff for helping out...we appreciate it!

Today's Autographs: 2
2014 Autographs: 16

2014 My Donation $.80 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

No Hair, Don't Care 2nd Annual Tortoise & Hair 5k Run / 1 Mile Walk

We first met Kayla Campbell and her family in September of 2011 at the Washington Nationals game.  Kayla has Alopecia Areata and was looking for ways to raise awareness and also do some community events.  She started No Hair, Don't Care and began rasing funds and awareness around the Frederick, Maryland area. She has hosted several fundraisers and last year she had the first 5k. They are 1 month away from their 2nd  annual No Hair, Don't Care Tortoise & Hair 5k Run/1 Mile walk.  While we cannot attend due to baseball season, we do want to help spread the word for the great job Kayla is doing.  Here are the details:

Join 'No Hair, Don't Care' by participating in our 2nd Tortoise & Hair 5k Run / 1 Mile walk!

Here's how the day is planned out:
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - same day registration and check in
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM - opening ceremonies...
8:30 AM - start of 1 mile walk
9:00 AM - start of 5K
10:30 AM - awards ceremony begins

Drinks and light refreshments will be available. There will be drawings for some amazing door prizes. You must be present to win! This is an event that is fun for the whole family. There will be crafts and other activities for kids.

You can register online at active. com starting March 1st - Make sure you print out the pledge form after you've registered! There will be a GRAND PRIZE for whoever raises the most PLEDGE MONEY!!

All proceeds from this event will benefit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation to raise awareness and fund research in hopes for a cure. For more information about this disease, go to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation's website @

Dogs are welcome for the 1 Mile walk only. In order to ensure a fun, safe event for all of our participants, dogs MUST adhere to the following "Doggy Etiquette": * Dogs MUST be leashed at ALL times * Dogs MUST have proof of current rabies vaccinations (bring a copy of current rabies certificate with you) * Dogs MUST be friendly with people and dogs * Doggy messes MUST be picked up (disposable bags not provided)*

If you have questions about the event or about registration, email :

We can't wait to see you all there; please share this event on your Facebook for your family and friends!

Keep up the great work Kayla!  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Creighton Forward #3 Doug McDermott

I recently got a pretty cool package in the mail. I was actually surprised to see a photo signed "To Blake, Go Jays!" from my favorite college basketball player, Doug McDermott.  He spent 4 seasons at Creighton University and set tons of records.  He led the nation in scoring in 2014, finished his career 5th on the all time NCAA scoring list with over 3,000 points,  is a 3 time All American, and has won every player of the year award for his senior season.  He will be taken pretty high in the NBA draft in June...hopefully by the Sixers! When I saw the envelope from Creighton, I thought maybe a nice letter, or maybe a picture of his dad who is Creighton's head coach.  I was thrilled to add a great photo of my favorite player to my collection.  I can't wait to get it framed up for my room!

Thanks Doug and good luck in the NBA!

Doug McDermott

Today's Autographs: 1
2014 Autographs: 14

2014 My Donation $.70