More Than Just Beer, Booze, and Burgers…
Obviously the aim of this site is to keep it light, loose, and fun, like my tailgate parties and my ex-girlfriends. But on the other hand, when you have the ability to reach people, even a small amount of people like this site does (although we are working as hard as possible to make TGJ a household name!), then you have the ability to use that voice for some good. Some people may think all of these sites and all the social networking stuff I do is just an attention grab, and maybe to some degree it is, but at the end of the day I have some things that are important to me and I want to be one of those people with a voice loud enough to grab some attention to talk about it.
In the fall of 1995 I was diagnosed with stage 3B Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was sick for well over a year when I realized and diagnosed, and was told I was a mere few weeks at the most had I not discovered this. I spent the next year being treated with chemotherapy and radiation by the miracle workers of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
I don’t want to bog down this page with my experience, I might write more about it on this site or elsewhere at some point, but it was an experience of a lifetime, and while undergoing treatment in the pediatric ward I saw two vastly different sides of humanity. The first and obvious was the absolute trauma and despair cancer brings, the absolute blindness to pain and suffering and willful disregard for human suffering brought onto both patients and loved ones. I sat there not depressed, but angry, angry for kids who hadn’t gotten the chance to live the 18 years I had at the time, angry that the only life a lot of these kids knew was centered around trips to the IV station, nausea, operations, and sad parents. But the other side that you see when you peel back a layer of the onion, especially as a patient, is the absolute best in humanity. From the doctor who has dedicated thousands of hours to fighting the losing battles, to the guy who works at the front desk and puts his own problems to the side to great every patient with a smile that makes you feel like everything is going to be ok, there are countless miracle workers trying with all of their god given skill and talent to fight and make a difference so that in the future we can say that nobody will ever suffer or die of cancer again. It is these selfless miracle workers who allow people like me to go on living my life, and it is these people I owe a huge debt to for the rest of my life.
Having said all that, I can really use your help in giving these people the tools they need to continue the fight, so please take a moment and look below and get involved, together we can all make a huge difference.
CURRENT CHARITY EVENTS
Light The Night
TailgateJoe.com has set up a team to raise money and participate in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk. On October 15 thousands of people will gather in NYC’s South Street Seaport and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to pay tribute to those battling cancer. As a lymphoma survivor this cause is something I hold very dear, and I would love your help in making a difference to those currently fighting. It is a great night and you can help in 1 of 2 ways:
- Contribute to My Campaign. You can donate to my campaign right from my official page on The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s page. It is quick, easy, and safe and you can contribute any amount you like. CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY PAGE
- Join The Team. An even BETTER option is to join us! You can sign up to join the TailgateJoe.com team and walk with us! It is a great night, starting out at South Street Seaport and then walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. You can sign up in seconds, and ask your family and friends to help contribute to your campaign. I am trying to line up a bar for everyone to head to afterward. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TAILGATEJOE.COM TEAM SIGNUP PAGE