I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Marie Keller and was so excited to talk with her about her personal achievement in overcoming chronic fatigue and exhaustion (since the age of 14) and to listen to the various modalities she uses with people to guide them in their own accomplishments. It’s just another example of how the Law of Attraction works. Everything she talked about, except for one thing, I have have heard of and completely embrace – even from a medical standpoint! That’s amazing.
I encourage anyone who’s experiencing problems with chronic fatigue and exhaustion (or if you know someone who is) to listen to this interview and get a glimpse of how Lisa can help you.
She takes a very personal approach and works with people on an individual basis, tailoring plans and programs to your own needs – there is no “one fix for everything” as we medical folks frequently do – we try to fit everything into one box and if it doesn’t fit, then we don’t know what to do. But Lisa knows what to do. She is the perfect example of what I like to call Integrative Medicine – a combination of traditional and alternative medicine (to me, medicine is medicine and there really isn’t an alternative – what matters is what works without causing further harm).
She is truly amazing because she has many certifications and that knowledge is all incorporated into her plans for folks – most people who have these certifications specialize so that you have to find many providers (I’m talking about things like EFT, body work etc, not medical providers) but Lisa has leading edge certifications and is willing to work with you using all of them – whatever is right for you at the moment. She’s able to adjust as you adjust. Her own personal experience has helped her weed out what doesn’t work and concentrate on what does.
This was one of the very best interviews I’ve ever done and I highly recommend you listen and then visit Lisa’s website to see more about her programs!
Are you trying to get somewhere in life? Would you like to change your direction and go where YOU want to go? I know I want to be in control of where I’m going and what I’m doing in life. I imagine you are like that too. But, perhaps you’ve tried so many times before and you just feel as if you’re stuck on the busy highway that life has you on and you just can’t get off that highway or even make a turn down another street.
Perhaps you’ve seen “The Secret” and “tried” it for awhile. But “it” didn’t work.
I’m not sure what you think didn’t work but usually it’s people thinking that the Law of Attraction didn’t work. I have breaking news for you though. The Law of Attraction is just that – it’s a Law – it’s always working. The Laws of the Universe are not like the human laws we have (and break constantly thinking they are there for other people or for when you have more time). Think about the Law of Gravity for example – can you ever think of a time where you told something you let go out of your hand not to drop to the floor – and had it work? You may wish as you see things falling that it wasn’t doing that but inevitably we see the object on the floor (or counter or wherever it landed). No matter what you do, the Law of Gravity works. Half the time we don’t pay attention to the fact that it’s a Law and we don’t think about whether it’s working or not. We KNOW it’s working so we’re careful about holding onto things so they don’t drop.
Why do you think the Law of Attraction is different? Because we didn’t learn about it in school or in Physics or some other class when we were growing up? Why? Because we don’t want to admit that we have attracted ALL situations we’ve experienced in our lives? That’s kind of uncomfortable for us now. But what if we had been taught this as children? Perhaps we would have been able to learn to work with the Law and it would not seem so foreign now as adults. If you have children, consider exposing them to this Law and how it works while they are young – they will embrace it alot more too.
Why is it so hard to understand and believe in the Law of Attraction? I think it’s because we do not want to acknowledge and admit that we’ve created many of the situations and events that have developed in our lives. It’s much easier to just go on and say that it was “fate” or “it was meant to be” or it was “because…… (and you can fill in the blanks)”. If something bad has happened, it’s very hard to tell the world that we brought that horrible thing into our lives. Who wants to brag about that…welll perhaps those who are into “drama” and “pity parties” – but they don’t even realize that they are looking for people to attend their pity party and they want the best entertainment of all – “my story is worse than your story. You can’t top what’s happened to me” – do you know anyone like that. How can you have a pity party if you’ve created terrific things in your life? You can’t. So you draw in the bad things so you can hold your party and celebrate and say “see, I just have this black cloud over my head.” Does this ring any bells?
Many people want to own up to and acknowledge the good things and take credit for bringing the good things into our lives but you know what? If you’re willing to accept that you created the great things in your life, you HAVE to accept (and admit) that you brought the other things into your life – those not so good things – the things you don’t want to brag about. You can’t have one without the other.
Bottom line – you attract what you focus on.
Take a minute and think about what you are concentrating on the most during your day. Then identify the emotions associated with those thoughts. It’s the emotions that are key to everything! You must be in vibrational sync with the things you want.
You can’t be saying “I am a millionaire” and expect it to work when
- Most of the rest of the time you’re worried about (or thinking about) paying the bills
- You can’t even conceive of having a million dollars because you only make $30,000 a year now
- You have a belief that “Rich people are not trustworthy or are greedy or are snobs etc” – what are your beliefs about rich people or about millionaires.
So we have a few issues here that get in the way of creating the life we want:
- What you’re focused on all the time – we have to pay attention to this and get vibrationally (and emotionally) into the space of thinking about what you really want
- What you can conceive of – similar to what you’re focused on
- Your beliefs are getting in the way and you don’t even know about it
It’s easier to work through the emotions and the feelings part of focusing than it is to get at all the beliefs we have that are buried and need to be cleared before we move along and plant/nurture the empowering beliefs.
Your beliefs are like your computer’s operating system and they make you tick without any conscious effort. Right now pay attention to your breathing – it’s weird isn’t it? You breathe all the time without conscious effort -even when you’re exerting yourself your breathing increases as your body needs it to, not because you’ve decided to breathe faster or harder. Same goes with your heart beating – if your heart had to wait for you to consciously tell it to beat, you’d be in deep trouble. That’s kind of like the Law of Attraction. It’s working whether you know it or not. I don’t know if you have ever been exposed to biofeedback or not but that is a technique that enables you to control your basic body system functions – breathing, heart rate, blood pressure. It takes a lot of effort and conscious effort at that. But you can work with your body functions just like you can work with the Law of Attractions.
I want to keep focusing on limiting beliefs and transforming them into empowering beliefs. So hang in there with me and we’ll do the work as we go along. The first task will be to identify those beliefs and decide whether you want to continue to believe them.
Now that my 30 days of Inspiration is over (or is it “are over”? Oh well), ask yourself where you fit in all this talk of inspiration, courage and determination. Are you just a spectator in your own game of life? Or are you on the playing field – actively participating and making things happen – influencing your own outcome?
If you are just a spectator AND don’t want to be (sometimes it’s ok to watch and learn but most of the time we want to be an active part of what’s happening in our lives), then we need to look at the beliefs AND the emotions behind why you’re just spectating and NOT making things happen.
I know for me it was hard to grasp the concept of beliefs and that’s what I’ve run across with other folks too. But once I did, man did it make a big difference. Then, when I coupled it with the idea of how much emotions guide where we’re going (and where we’ve been), it almost feels like a no-win situation. Until you realize that you can change all of that. You do have control over both your emotions and your beliefs. If you’re thinking that that’s not true, then guess what? You have what we call “limiting beliefs” – things that are holding you back and keeping you from achieving everything you ever wanted.
I’m going to be talking about limiting beliefs and transforming them into empowering beliefs over the next month or maybe more depending on where we all go from here. My goal is to show you how to empower yourself, how to identify where you’re holding yourself back and then, most importantly, what to do about it.
Remember that if you’re on this site, there’s a fantastic chance you understand or at least know about the Law of Attraction. Bottom line – we create our own reality whether we do it consciously or not. You can’t just take credit for the good things in your life that you “intentionally” manifested. You have to take responsibility for EVERYTHING in your life because you brought it all in there.
“Me?” you mutter. “Why on earth would I want to create this bankruptcy or this divorce? You’re out of your mind if you think I did that on purpose”.
No one is saying “on purpose” because that implies a definite intention and unfortunately if we had learned about our intentions (and how powerful they can be) a long time ago, we probably wouldn’t be in this boat right now. But we attract what we are in vibrational synch with (bad grammar or not it’s true). So, if you grew up in an era or a family that had financial problems or was always talking about not having enough or being in debt or “how are we going to pay these bills” (which equals lack), this is what your body began to vibrate with because that’s all you knew. So you now have this long-ago engrained thought/feeling/emotion/belief that you don’t and can’t have enough.
Remember that a belief is just a thought you keep thinking over and over again.
Beliefs are generally divided into (or categorized into) limiting and empowering beliefs. Which would you rather have – a belief that holds you back or a belief that lets you know that you CAN actually have everything you’ve ever wanted?
I know the answer for me – I want everything I’ve ever wanted. And you know what? I CAN have it…and so can you. We just need to work on identifying and transforming those limiting beliefs! And that’s what we’ll do over the next 30 plus days.
Start writing down what you believe in….or what you think you can have and what you think you can’t have…stay tuned for more
It’s amazing. We are at the end of the 30 days honoring people who inspired me! If you’ve been following along I hope you have thought about what personally inspires you – what are those qualities that you respect and admire and would like to incorporate into your life. You may not want to do the exact same thing as someone (for example, I do not have a desire to swim from Cuba to Florida as Diana Nyad went after). But I certainly would love to cultivate that dogged determination and work ethic required to train for and endure the hardships encountered along the way of life. She personifies what I’d like to be – never wavering, never failing, never giving up, etc. That is what you want to look at when you feel someone has inspired you. Write down their wonderful qualities and make your “admiration” list and see how you can integrate them into your own personal life.
Well – I saved the best for last. Today’s “Inspiree” is Dr. Anne Kunath – founder of the Church of Today and assistant to Catherine Ponder (first lady of New Thought). But that description is nothing – empty sounding. Dr. Kunath walks the talk as they say. She has taught New Thought concepts (metaphysics) for decades before “The Secret” came out and brought the Law of Attraction to everyone’s attention. She was raising awareness of how the Universe works since the 1970′s. She is persistent, charismatic and brilliant!
I met Dr. Kunath “by accident” in 1985 when I went to a class at her “weird” church simply to have something to do (I had just been “dumped” from a relationship and the woman I hung out with was going to this “metaphysics” class – I had no idea what the heck “metaphysics” was – I only knew I didn’t want to be alone that night). That was the night that changed my life forever. I sat there in the audience as Dr. Kunath explained the concepts and although I didn’t understand all of them, things were clicking inside of me – “this sounds like what I’ve believed for so long but never knew anyone else thought the same way”. We got to talk to her after class and bombarded her with question after question. I came back on Sunday…and the following Wednesday and on and on and I was a regular. I even had the pleasure and opportunity to go to an International New Thought Alliance Annual conference in Calgary, Canada and I have to say it was the best and most rewarding conference I’ve ever attended. After that, Dr. Kunath allowed me to become intimately involve in the church and I began my life outside of medicine and the military. That may sound funny but it really was the first time I’d had anything to do that wasn’t related to either medicine or the military. It really does take getting used to but I adapted pretty quickly and she gave me so many opportunities to lead others as I learned more and more about New Thought. I was definitely addicted.
Then, as things go in the military, I was transferred to the East Coast. And although we stayed in touch, I missed her teachings (in those days they didn’t even have the internet and so I couldn’t get any “e-learning”. Many years went by and to make a very long story as short as possible, the Universe brought me this opportunity to get a job in San Antonio – I’ve told that story many times so I won’t repeat it here but others would say it was a miracle for certain. I say that it was the Law of Attraction in its purest form. I ended up back here in San Antonio and after another “accident” I learned about teleseminars and Dr. Kunath and I began Getting Unstuck, LLC and Everyday New Thought Membership center. What a great 7 years it’s been and although I now am officially on my own because she has taken a well-deserved retirement, Dr. Kunath is in my soul and mind and a part of my every day existence.
She has the patience of a Saint (even though she doesn’t think she does) but more importantly, she has the ability to captivate you with stories and possibilities for your life. She’s a member of Mensa which you could figure out after one conversation with her but she’s not egotistical or egocentric. As I said, she really does practice what she preaches. She applies the principles of the Universal Laws in everything she does.
She has a persistent determination and whatever she tries she achieves. She is just a truly amazing person and I am so honored to have met her, worked with her and be her friend. Anne – you are phenomenal and I just adore and respect you more than you can possibly imagine. I also know that there are a ton of people out there who feel the same as I do.
Thank you for everything you have given me, been to me and exemplified in your life. You are truly my hero!
1 day to go! And tomorrow’s inspiree is the most special of all 30 so stay tuned for that one. But today is for Mr. Albert M Conerly (and all other prisoners of war, especially those who endured the Bataan Death March (April 1942). Lest we ever forget what our Soldiers & Marines endured in the name of freedom and the “American Way” – like so many other atrocities in our history, we cannot forget what these young men went through.
I happen to know Mr. Conerly’s nephew and I’m so proud of him having just completed the memorial Bataan Death March marathon. But as he said, that was nothing compared to what these men had to go through – 10 days of marching without food and water. At what price, freedom? Ask yourself this question when you’re thinking about complaining about anything today (try to remember it no matter when you start to “complain” but at least do it today).
The POWs (Prisoners of War) that lived through the wars are such an inspiration for their fortitude and determination. Sure you could say it’s “just” survival of the fittest – but you know what – they could have given up and died like so many did. But these men suffered at the hands of the enemy day after day, hour after hour. And they had the courage to continue to live and fight back – even if it was only internally. They were skin and boned, ravaged with illness and injury – yet day after day they clung to life. Could you do that? I don’t think I could so my level of respect goes up even more knowing that they were able to do things I could never even fathom. They are the true heroes of our life. They are the reason we’re free to do what we want. We complain because we don’t have this or that but what did they have – not a darn thing – perhaps just memories of family and loved ones. Some fierce desire to continue living. There had to be something significant for them to hold on to, helping them get through that time.
Can you imagine marching in the sand and mountains without food or drink for 1 day, to say nothing of 10 days. They helped each other get through it I’m sure. There is such a sense of “family” amongst the military (one of the things I miss the most) that they helped each other make it. You know, I can’t even begin to describe what it must have been like. Remember that this 10 day trek was not just down the street or in some National Park – it was in a foreign country and they were at war. So they didn’t know what lay ahead of them at all. Imagine the fear and anxiety they experienced. But they continued on. Remember that when things aren’t going “your way”. When things appear “rough” – ask yourself – “are they really that bad or can I accept them and let the good come out of them. What would those Soldiers and Marines do in my shoes?” Ask yourself that and see if your attitude and action don’t change. I bet they will.
Remember these brave souls and all they went through – for us! I certainly cannot do any justice to them with this short post but wanted to let them know that I am proud of them and more importantly, very grateful for all they went through for my family and my future! Thank you all! And Tom I’m so proud of your completion of the event Sunday. You Rock!
Yes that’s Ellen (as we know her) – it’s nice to be so well known that you can go by one name isn’t it? Ah yes, fame – I could always be “Dr. Terrie” – that seems to be the thing now-a-days – like “Dr. Phil” or even “Judge Judy”. Ha.
But let’s get back to inspiration. Ellen has inspired me for the longest time. She has dared so much and yet has continued to be herself during all her rise to fame. She hasn’t let anything go to her head in any way. She’s still down to earth and open and honest. Something very rare in a celebrity today.
She went on the air when Oprah was still there – some pretty stiff competition I’d say. But she was a different kind of celebrity than Oprah and I truly believe her love for entertainment is what made it appear to be more of a collaboration than a competition. Ellen is a comedian who has guests on her show whereas Oprah still had that reporter image, looking for/at a story. There’s plenty of room in this world for everyone and these two proved it. Ellen took that big brave step when she first went on and she persevered because she appeals to such a great group of people who love to laugh and live right along with her.
I’m inspired by her sense of humor and ability to let people know that she cares about them and this is the way she can bring a little light and sunshine into their lives every day.
But I’m more inspired by her openness and willingness to profess her being gay and risking a great deal by letting people know. But it hasn’t seemed to dampen her popularity at all – in fact her honesty and courage may have increased it. You always hear the phrase “the courage to stick to their convictions” but what does that really mean? I think Ellen has definitely proven what it means. She doesn’t hide behind pretenses – she wants to be herself and let her life be there for others to emulate or ignore -whichever they choose. But she believes in herself and the right to having your own sexuality and being able to express it without judgment. She stood up for that. She did not hide behind any cloak (or in the closet as they say). She risked her career to stand up for what she is and what she believe in. What more can you ask in a person.
Ellen lives as I’d like to live – in openness and honesty. And her humor and love for others is something that impresses me more than you can know. I want to be like Ellen when I grow up!
Have you ever known someone who’s seemingly had a black cloud over them – or bad luck just follows them no matter where they go? If you didn’t know better, you could have said that about the Pavlats (Jack, Barbara and Suzanne). Within about a month their lives were completely turned around and not in a way that anyone would wish on their worst enemy. What happened to them in that short period of time would have turned lesser mortals into pessimistic, bitter and angry people. But not them! They tackled the problems at hand with their usual positive attitude and the usual question – “Ok so what can we do about it now?”.
Within that short period of time, Jack had been in the hospital having surgery for colon cancer (in fact, he was in the hospital when they told him that his daughter, Suzanne, had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma), Suzanne was diagnosed, and then Barbara was also diagnosed with cancer. How much more can the odds be stacked against one family?
I met this family in a way that only the Universe can orchestrate and I will be forever grateful. Suzanne became the Wind Beneath My Wings and is my inspiration for everything I do (especially the non-profit organization I want to develop). Every time I saw them they were filled with gratitude and the smiles across all their faces were the broadest smiles you could ever imagine. How they did it, I never knew. Because it always seemed as if the odds were against them. But they never let that show. They always maintained the positive “it could be worse” or “it’s going to get better” attitude that you only see (and know is sincere) in people you consider Saints. And I have to tell you that I think that these three people qualify for saint hood in my opinion.
I was fortunate enough to get to visit St Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a weekend when the country DJs from all around the country were there for their annual workshop. So I got to see everything they did. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for that. And Jack, Barbara and Suzanne were there because they were part of the panel of patients/families that talked with the DJs. So I got to see inside the Target House there too. That is where I fell in love with elephants (I was told they were the international symbol of friendship but I’m not sure that’s correct – I do know they have a complex social structure) because there are wonderful statues of elephants outside the house.
After Suzanne’s passing Jack and Barbara continued to be avid supporters of St Jude – they didn’t just fall off the face of the earth in their grief – they expressed their immense gratitude by recording their story for St Jude to use in their radiothons, they volunteered at the hospital and the Target House. They were all over, supporting St Jude in memory of Suzanne. They gave back in gratitude just as I encourage all of you to do every day no matter what is going on in your life.
If Jack and Barbara can remain positive after finding out that their precious little girl had a deadly disease and then had relapses just when they thought she was on the verge of a remission (not just once but twice), you can remain positive at least for today, don’t you think. I know that I try to remember what they went through every time things don’t seem to go my way or get overwhelming.
To continue with faith and hope in the face of immense adversity and tragedy is the mark of a true hero in my book. And Jack and Barbara fit that bill completely. I honor and respect their resilience and hope that I can garner a tiny bit of their phenomenal qualities.
Thank you for being in my life, Jack and Barbara. You are a great inspiration to me.
Again another “unplanned” Inspiree (remember I created that word to mean someone who has inspired me) for today. I’m still on a high and a roll for St Jude Children’s Research Center. Every year since the late 1990s (I can’t remember exactly – surprise, surprise) I’ve cherished the two day period when Country Music honors St Jude and the children who are suffering way more than they should ever have to. I think I mentioned this when I wrote about Travis Moon – when I moved from DC to San Antonio one of the things I missed the most was the St Jude Radiothons. I was so excited when Travis brought them to San Antonio! I felt alive again. Of course I can give to St Jude at any time. That’s not the point. There is such magic during that two day period when a community unites around a group of children who are fighting the fight of their lives while their parents sit around helplessly and have to watch. And San Antonio, although a very large city, may not be high in the income bracket. However, we have all embraced this cause. If we hadn’t, we would NOT have increased our giving every year in the four short years that the radiothon has been in existence here.
So what does all that have to do with today’s folks – Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin? They are the two primary radio personalities who collaborate and support Travis Moon and bring the wonderful folks of San Antonio together. They all go without sleep and are on the air for an amazing amount of time talking and encouraging everyone to give. That is NOT an easy task. And then they have to work the next day – they don’t even get to see their families for several days I think. I know that they were there from approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday til well after 9 pm and then again back on the air at least by 4 a.m. Friday and did not get done with their radio responsibilities until after 11 pm and then back on the air on Saturday a.m. That is phenomenal endurance and something I admire (if you’ve followed any of my running endeavors, endurance is the most important thing to me).
But not only do Randy and Jamie have the endurance but they have their fingers on the pulse of San Antonio and they know what’s going on in our minds, hearts and souls. And they are so sensitive to issues that everyone has. They spend hours “outside” of themselves trying to take us away from whatever pain we might be going through every single day. You know they have to have “bad hair” days (that’s sort of a joke if you listen to KJ97) but you never hear it in their voices. They are always there for us. We often need that. I know I do. When things aren’t going great at work, I just plug in the radio and hear them laughing or talking about what’s going on and I start to smile again and things don’t seem so rough.
We often take these folks for granted. They are sleep deprived almost 100% of the time because they are the early morning show but they have to host late night concerts that the radio station is involved in. You know they are totally exhausted but you NEVER ever hear it in their voices. They never complain or say “you think you’ve got it bad”. No, they are always upbeat and happy, knowing that’s what the listeners need (and expect even though we know that they are human too, we tend to forget that). They certainly live up to our expectations.
I remember when Jamie hooked up with Randy on the morning show. What a difference that made for everyone. In fact, it’s funny but when one of them is on vacation and they have a “guest” helping out, it’s like going through withdrawal. How selfish of me. But I can’t help it if they have spoiled me.
I have never heard two more wonderful people in my entire listening career. I used to dislike country music until I started running in 1993. Where I lived the only thing I could get on my radio was country music so I ran (in the middle of the night) and began to love country and now do not listen to anything else. I have had two favorite sets of morning DJs – Jim London/Mary Ball in DC and now Randy and Carroll in SA. You can tell how much you love your radio personalities by how much you miss them if you don’t listen for a day. I take some courses that I have CDs that I should listen to and every morning when I get in the car to go to work I have to make a conscious decision regarding what to listen to: Randy and Jamie or my CDs. I will tell you that in the a.m. Randy and Jamie win 90% of the time – I always tell myself that I can listen to the CDs in the afternoon. Why do I do this? Because not only do they play all the songs I love to hear (especially “King George”) but because I just feel like I’m part of their family and if I miss a day I miss out on what’s going on in the family’s life. I think they call that living vicariously or something like that.
Anyway, Randy and Jamie – I thank you for your dedication to St Jude, to country music and most of all to us, your very loyal listeners! You are the highlight of my day almost every single day and I can’t thank you enough. You are a Dynamic Duo for sure! And of course I have to put this great picture up again….LOL..can you tell it means alot to me that you took the time to shoot it with me? Ha Ha!
I have to tell you that this day’s honoree was NOT planned! But after the last 48 hours he rushed to the top of my list of inspirees (that’s a new word – a person who inspires….LOL). Who the heck is Travis Moon? He’s not well known like Mickey Mantle or Robin Roberts but he’s one of the greatest motivators I’ve ever known. And I’ve now had the honor of meeting him twice – last year and this year. He’s such a down to earth guy with probably the very biggest heart I’ve ever seen in my life! That’s something for sure – and to say that about a man makes it even greater in my book (most men don’t want you to know that they have a heart that big but Travis lets it all hang out there for you to see and take into your own soul).
Why am I so taken with him? Not because he’s a radio personality here in San Antonio (at the greatest country station there is – KJ 97 ) but he is, in a sense, the country music voice of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital! This was, I believe, something like his 18th St Jude Radiothon for St Jude’s and it was the 4th in San Antonio (I’ve told everyone I know that when I moved to San Antonio from DC 9 years ago there were two things I missed immensely – one was my vet and the other was the St Jude Radiothons and now I have a great Vet and San Antonio has the radiothons so I’m very happy).
Mr. Moon spends over 48 hours straight going strong on the air inspiring people to give to St Jude. Everything he says comes directly from the heart and you can tell that he’s living it right there with you and not just giving you hype. He really cares (as do the other radio personalities at KJ97). It’s not “just a job” – he brought the radiothon to San Antonio – he didn’t “inherit it”. It’s not just something he “has to do”. It’s something he loves and has an amazing passion for. That’s why I feel so much akin to him. I have had that same degree of passion since I met Suzanne over 11 years ago. We both seem to live to give to St Jude but we do so in almost totally opposite ways.
I so respect Mr. Moon for being able to continually generate the required enthusiasm not only amongst the other folks at the radio station but amongst the entire “country music” population of San Antonio as well. He brings everyone TOGETHER at least once a year for 48 hours. But what people don’t seem to understand is that as hard as he works during those 48 hours, there is so very much preparation and organization/coordination that has to go into preparing for the event. He has to communicate with all the artists that contribute wonderful gifts that give folks an incentive to become a “Partner In Hope” and man were there some great ones this year. This takes effort and lobbying even though all the artists are extremely generous – you know they are getting hit up by every radio station (and others) throughout the country. It definitely requires a sales job but Mr. Moon has quite a resume to let artists know that San Antonio is an extremely caring community that pulls together to take care of others. He’s such an inspiration that he’s got San Antonio competing with other markets that far exceed San Antonio – raising almost three quarters of a million dollars in our area in just the 4th year required awesome preparation and then a solid 48 hours of hard charging and letting the world play his own heart strings – he didn’t play those of others – he let others see what’s in his heart and what’s behind his passion for St Jude.
I think so highly of Travis Moon that I wish there were something I could do to help him and the others – I know they are exhausted and yet they still have to work today and probably even tomorrow – radio life has to go on! The adrenaline can only last so long.
In your prayers tonight and when you’re saying your “gratitudes” please thank the world for people like Travis Moon, Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin, and Bree who took all the children that will ever need help from St Jude Children’s Research Hospital into their souls, hearts, minds and lives for 48-72 straight hours and wrapped San Antonian hearts around that wonderful hospital as well. I hope you realize that the research done at St Jude’s is spread all around the world and not kept in a proprietary manner. Anything discovered at St Jude is given freely to the rest of the medical community. Another thing that many people don’t realize is that no one is ever turned away for an inability to pay. The entire family (including siblings of the stricken member ) are cared for completely – it’s one very big happy family. I have been “involved with” and passionate about St Jude’s for over 11 years and have been fortunate enough to have been able to visit there and watch what goes on and even through all my tears I could see the love and happiness that radiate in a place that you would think would be maudlin. It is so far from that it’s amazing. As they said on the air – the love and concern for the kids reaches from the people manning the doors all the way to the top administrators. They are all there for one reason and one reason only – to care for and love the kids.
I pray that you never, ever have to experience the tragedy of a pediatric catastrophic illness (or of an adult one either) but if you do or are friends with someone who is enduring such pain, I hope that you remember this post and know that your family can get help at St Jude’s. Please give. Mr Moon gives his heart and soul to this cause. You can give $0.67 a day (pocket change as Randy emphasiszed) to help some poor child who should not be suffering but should be out playing. If you want to support my memorial fund to Suzanne please contribute at my Tribute page but if you just want to go to St Jude to contribute use their link.
Even though this post is specifically to honor Mr. Moon, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention his wonderful on air family again – Randy, Jamie and Bree – and they really are a family. I thank Randy and Jamie for taking their valuable time to take this picture with me yesterday morning. I will cherish it forever!
Thank you all!