James Blake Tackled by NYPD

What is this world coming to?  Almost every day we hear stories of misconduct by police officers.  When will it stop?

Abusing power, abusing authority.  Brutal beat downs, senseless killing.

Can you name a few?

Just pull up an article on police shootings, or brutality in recent years.  So many unarmed citizens have had to pay the ultimate price at the hands of the police.  I am not a judge, nor jury, but people are up in arms over the way hundreds of incidents have been handled by police in recent years.  In the age of technology, dash cams, vest cameras, etc., so many of these are now caught on video telling a story so different than what the cops say.

The latest involves the man whose foundation I am raising money for.  James Blake was slammed to a Manhattan sidewalk and handcuffed by a white cop in a brutal case of mistaken identity.  This all taken from the NY Daily News, James suffered a cut to his left elbow and bruises to his left leg as five plain clothes cops eventually held him for fifteen minutes yesterday outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  Blake told the Daily News that it was definitely scary and definitely crazy.  “In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”

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Blake said none of the cops identified themselves, and later when a former cop recognized who he was, was released.  The first cop involved never apologized to him for the takedown.  An investigation will surely ensue, and the latest I’ve read is that the officer that took James down has been placed on desk duty.

Just Google James Blake NYPD and all sorts of stories will pop up that you can read, but to me, this is just another case of excessive force used by the police when completely unnecessary.  It’s sad that this had to happen to James, and I wish him well.  After all, he has a marathon to run in several weeks, so thankfully his injuries weren’t worse.  I do think that James Blake, being in the tennis world, during the U.S. open, has a voice that will be heard, whereas if this happened to someone else, it probably wouldn’t be a story that may evoke change.  I hope some good comes from this nonsense.

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James Blake is a fine, upstanding family man.  He is an ex-pro tennis player and is an amazing example of sportsmanship and charity.  His foundation, which raises money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering In New York, is the reason I am running the New York City Marathon this year.  I joined James’ foundation charity team, and have been raising money for the last few months to aid in the research efforts.  I pledged a donation of at least $3,000 and am making great progress toward my goal.  Please help if you can.

Donations can be made directly to my fundraiser here….

A New York City Marathon Surprise!

As you all may have heard, ahem…  I am running the New York City Marathon this Fall.  I am running not because I got in through guaranteed entry (I’m not that fast, seriously), or the lottery.  I joined a charity team, and will be running the streets of NYC as part of the James Blake Foundation charity team.

I’ve blogged about it several times, reaching out for donations for this great charity.  As a matter of fact, several bloggers/runners/social media acquaintances have already donated.  THANK YOU!  If you haven’t donated yet, and have either promised me you would, or were “waiting on that next paycheck”, well, now is your time.  Today is Friday.  It’s Fundraising Friday, and it’s payday!  Step up.  Race day is getting closer and closer, and let’s face it, it’s for a good cause.  Be charitable, it will make you feel good heading into the weekend.

https://www.crowdrise.com/jamesblakenyc2015/fundraiser/paullaviska

Yep, click on the link above, it’s pretty easy to donate.

the big news?  The surprise?  Well, get this.  I got an email from the charity group two days ago with some big news.  I was told some time ago that there would be big news coming around the time of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.  The tourney starts next week, so the news came a bit earlier than I expected.

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Do you know who that guy is?  It’s James Blake.  Former World #4, tennis player extraordinaire.  Now retired from tennis, but still doing boatloads of charitable work.  It is his Foundation that I am raising money for.  The email I got?  Oh, it was the announcement that James would be running the NYC Marathon!  Very exciting news.  Not only will this generate a lot more attention to his charity, but I’m sure I will get the chance to meet him, if not even run with him some.

He has never run a marathon before, and claims it will probably be the only one he runs.  I may not be able to beat him on the tennis court, but I may be able to best him on the streets of New York!

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With this form, how could I not beat him?  Lol

Well, it’s not about who wins, but about raising money for cancer research.  I want to raise as much money as possible so when I hit the streets of NYC, I feel proud and accomplished.  I want to be able to look James in the eyes when we meet knowing that I did everything possible to help.

Please consider a tax deductible donation today.  Thank you!

Take A Peek! Sharing & Caring

I am a runner.

I am running the TCS New York City Marathon this year in honor of the countless cancer patients all over world.  I am running for charity, and my charity partner, The James Blake Foundation, raises money to further the efforts of cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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Every dollar raised advances the research, and I am a proud member of the team raising money for this wonderful foundation.  Memorial Sloan-Kettering has the most advanced and largest cancer gene sequencing effort in the country.  In 2015, 12,000 genes will be sequenced and in 2016, 20,000 patients will have their tumors analyzed for genetic mutations.  The work they are doing allows patients to receive more precise and less toxic treatment, specifically targeting their tumors’ mutations rather than one-size-fits-all trial-by-error approach.  It is amazing research, and having long lasting impacts.  The Center for Molecular Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering is leading the revolution in personalized medicine based on tumor mutations.

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This fundraising effort really gives more meaning to my training, and will certainly make my marathon in New York City worth so much more than just the race itself.  It feels really good to give back, and support this foundation.

My fundraising platform is Crowdrise, and I have a fundraising page set up there which makes donating to this fine organization very easy.  Just a few clicks, and done.  I would appreciate any and all size of donations, and I thank you in advance for your amazing help.

I am continuing my amazing partnership with Angie at MarathAngBands.  She hand sews amazing headbands, is a runner like me, and offered up her services to help make in impact with my fundraiser.  Any donation of $10 or more will score you a FREE headband in the Stars and Stripes, or Chevron pattern seen below.  As an added bonus, any donation of $25 or more will get you (2) headbands.  So, what do you think?  Donate today….

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Every dollar helps advance research, so please dig into that pocket and give today.

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Running for Cancer Research

The big news?

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Yes, I am running the TCS New York City Marathon this year!

No, I didn’t get in through the lottery.  But, I am still one of the lucky one’s.  I have received a spot on a charity team.  Not just any charity team, but one that is making progress and fighting the great fight against cancer.

I am running for the James Blake Foundation.  You can read more about the foundation and its efforts here:  http://www.jamesblaketennis.com. They are dedicated to cancer research and finding a cure.

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As a tennis player for most of my life, it was important to me to find and raise money for a charity that was meaningful to me.  James is an unofficially retired tennis pro from the United States whose highest ranking was World #4 back in 2006.  James was always the epitome of what a tennis player should be.  Highly competitive, good natured and someone young tennis players could respect and look up to.  He was, and still is a great representative of American tennis.

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In 2008, James established the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund to support cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  The fund is named in memory of his late father who passed away from gastric cancer in 2004.

So, my contribution to James’ important charity is a $3,000 donation.  I can only reach this goal if I have help.  I am reaching out to all of the amazing readers of my blog, asking for assistance in any way.  If you can contribute $10, $20, $100 or any other amount, this fantastic charity will benefit in so many ways.  Your generous contribution will get me closer to running the five boroughs of New York City this November 1st.

I still can’t believe that I am going to run the New York City Marathon!

The following link will take you to my fundraising page on CrowdRise.  Please take a moment and donate, and leave in the comment section a thought or memory of someone you may have lost to cancer, and know that your donation helps in the fight.

Click here…  http://fw.to/aDhm3AC

Thank you readers!