Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Relentless Redux

Pete Friesen spends his professional life keeping hockey players healthy. He spent a little of his personal life trying to keep the rest of use a little healthier this past weekend. Friesen organizes a 5K run for charity each year just before the official opening of the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) training camp. This year's run honored a very special fan who provided a lot of welcome inspiration during the Canes' 2006 run to the Stanley Cup Championship. Eight-year-old Julia Rowe was the motivation behind the "Relentless" motto that was taken up by players and fans alike. Julia left us late last month, finally succumbing to lukemia after a long and courageous struggle. But the relentless spirit she embodied while she was with us remains. Friesen's event raised roughly $20,000 for the Lukemia and Lymphoma society.
For more, check out Chip Alexander's piece in The News & Observer.


Since some of you asked about the availability of the "Relentless" wristbands (pictured above) I contacted the Hurricanes' Media Relations Department to see if there were any of them still around. The team does not have any, but suggested that LLS might have. I'm currently waiting for an answer from them. (Watch this space!) While you're waiting, you might visit the LLS website at http://www.lls.org/ to find out more about the various campaigns that are currently underway in your area. September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month, so there's sure to be an opportunity available to help.


· Still Relentless (Why? What Have You Heard? - September 17, 2008)
· Relentless: A Too Short Story (Why? What Have You Heard? - August 28, 2008)
· Canes run for cancer research (News & Observer - Chip Alexander)
· September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month (LLS Blog)
· Julia Rowe was Canes' Inspiration in Cup Run (News & Observer - Chip Alexander)
· Canes Lose 'Relentless' Inspiration (News & Observer - Luke DeCock)
· Girl Who Inspired Canes in 2006 Cup Run Dies of Leukemia (WRAL-TV)
· Hurricanes Statement on the Passing of Julia Rowe (CarolinaHurricanes.com)

Hurricanes Head Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach Pete Friesen will dedicate this year’s Friesen 5k Fun Run to Julia Rowe. The third annual Friesen 5k Fun Run is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14, at the RBC Center, and all proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com or www.ncraces.com.
· For more information on the Lukemia and Lymphoma society visit http://www.lls.org/

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Maggie, Dammit said...

Fuckin' cancer.

Dianne said...

Beautiful mojo

Julia will continue to touch lives for years and years to come.

Carver said...

Good post on an important subject and a powerful image.

me said...

hey sweetie~~~i'm glad to be able to read blogs today~
hugs and kisses

Denise said...

Hi, Mojo
A ruby very exciting, congratulations on publication.
hugs, Denise

sho said...

oh wow. I like this red band and the word on it.

jaejae said...

nice mojo. great post. if this mojo's for sale for the benefit of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, i'd get one... or maybe more...

Mojo said...

JaeJae: Good question. Those wristbands were part of the "Coach's Challenge" during the 2006 playoffs, and I don't know if they continued to make them after the initial campaign was concluded or not. But I emailed Mike Sundheim (The team's Media Relations Director) figuring he would know the definitive answer if anybody would. He's usually pretty good about returning emails, but I'm sure this is a busy time of year for him with training camp just about to open and a hockey-starved media scratching at the door.

But as soon as I know something you'll know something.

Watch this space for future developments.

jaejae said...

ey mojo! thanks for dropping by... hehehe... i never, ever queue up for timmy's to go. not worth the wait. not worth the waste of gas! still is fast to go inside and get the order done!

nope, the photo's what it is as seen. i wish i could do wonders and have an eye just like you. i'm very, very new to the hobby (well, thanks to blogging!)and i'm learning more and more each day.

Kimmie said...

Oh my, what a beautiful post. May Julia's memory live on in the hearts of many for years to come. I would love a bracelet like that also if you can get a link for them. I will keep my eye out here for future information.

Bless You Hear Mojo for posting this for Julia. :-)

MyMaracas said...

An inspiring post. I like the way you photographed the bracelet, too, bending and on the black background. It's very striking.

luna miranda said...

hi mojo! i'll never get tired of sunsets...beautiful.

Carrie Smith said...

What a beautiful sunset! Thanks for sharing! I have mine posted HERE!

Phyllis Dobbs said...

It looks so peaceful after seeing all the turbulence of the hurricanes