PJ's Thoughts

Thought from July 7, 2011

Posted: Thursday, July 07, 2011

With PJ’s approval I am excited to write a “PJ Thought” from The PJ Aldridge Foundation…. (Up to the minute update, I guess)

We wrote a check for $150,000 to Dr. Edelman’s Thoracic Cancer Research at University of MD.  It was an achieving moment. We had the big PJAF check, and my hands were shaking so much I had to have a friend write it out.  As I was writing the “small” check that actually gets deposited in the bank, I looked at PJ and said, “Wait, you sign this!” He did with a huge smile.  (I need to see if the bank will give me that check back so I can frame it!)  Without ALL of you, PJAF would have never been able to do that.  I won’t and can’t even begin to list the names that made it happen.  But, with sincerity, we are so grateful.

Kim from Lighthouse Sound has a Concert on the Green planned July 28th with The Chest Pains as the band performing. We are hopeful to PACK the house to thank everyone that has supported PJAF. PJ will delivery his profound, humbling speech.  Funny, there, when we started PJAF a year ago, one thing PJ said to me, “V, I will do whatever we need to do, but please don’t make me public speak.”  Have you heard him speak?  He speaks from the heart and is better than the most experienced public speaker!

I got a call from Robert Graham today; Anita is the marketing wiz for R.G.  She asked for a paragraph about PJ for a press release.  The press release is about Robert Graham and The Club (store in Monterey Bay, CA) partnering and supporting The PJ Aldridge Foundation. This is HUGE, HUGE! Awareness of the highest diagnosed cancer, with the least amount of funding and The PJ Aldridge Foundation on the WEST COAST!  The Robert Graham team is unreal and a perfect match.  Their values/ belief of:  Knowledge-Wisdom-Truth can be defined in many ways, but I believe it matches ours:  Passion makes anything happen. Attitude is half the battle.

The raffle is online from all the grand things PJ received from Oprah’s last episode of Favorite Things in November. Drawing is August 31st, 2011.  One lucky winner wins it all and oh, yes, your taxes too!  All proceeds to research and awareness.  Thank you for supporting it, talking about it, pushing it out, it really does make an impact and difference.  I tell PJ, if I had half the friends he did, I’d be really doing something!  The power of love and passionate people are making this happen. Thanks for being on the Aldridge Squad.

I could write a few more paragraphs, but our video and media support people tell us to keep it short and sweet! So, I’ll end with a word…. MOJO.  (Keep it coming, it WORKS!!!!)

Thank you.  V.