This weekend I have the privilege of helping my friend Lynn out at a charity event at the Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, FL organized by Larry the Cable Guy's Git-R-Done Foundation to benefit Arnold Palmer Medical Center and the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
|Larry won $300,000 on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader." He is donating that money to The Arnold Palmer Foundation to further research on hip dysplasia|
Hip dysplasia means that the bones of the hip joint are not aligned correctly. It affects thousands of children and adults each year and is known by many different names:
- Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
- Hip Dislocation
- Congenital Dislocation of the Hip (CDH)
- Loose Hips
Hip dysplasia prevents the hip joint from functioning properly and the joint wears out much faster than normal, much like a car's tires will wear out faster when out of alignment. It is also a "silent" condition that means pain is not normally felt until much later stages, making it harder to detect.
Approximately 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability and 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants will require treatment. In spite of the frequency of DDH in babies and the potential for life-long disability caused by DDH, the awareness of this condition is poor outside of the medical profession. Early diagnosis, prevention, and simple treatment is the best solution, however many hip dislocations are difficult to treat with the current methods of care. This event will help bring money and recognition to the disease so that more children can be helped and cured.
This two day event on Sunday, Oct. 16th and Monday, Oct. 17th includes golfing, awards dinner and a cocktail party with both a live and silent auction. I am going to be involved in the cocktail party, signing in those who arrive and then taking care of the sales at the auction - I'm really excited about helping out such a fabulous charity. I'm also psyched to be able to meet some of the celebrities who will be there taking part in all of the events, including:
Larry the Cable Guy- Git-R-Done! Larry was born in the back of an El Camino during a Foghat concert. He has been touring for over 20 years and has enjoyed success with his Blue Collar friends, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Ron White. He currently stars in Only in America on The History Channel and will lend his voice to Mater, the lovable tow truck, in this summer’s Cars 2!
Ron White- Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon. He has two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, and a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Boo Weekley- Since joining the PGA in 2007, Boo already has 35 finishes in the Top 25. He has 2 wins, both at the Verizon Heritage in 2007 and 2008. He is nicknamed after cartoon hero Yogi Bear’s sidekick, “Boo Boo” Bear.
Dennis Rasmussen- Dennis was a starting pitcher for Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres and then played with New York Yankees Cincinnati Reds,Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals He batted and threw left-handed. In 1988, his 14-4 record with the Padres tied him with for the team single season Won-Loss record (.778).
Joey Fatone- Joey Fatone first tasted fame as one of the five pop artists of the popular boy band ‘N Sync. When ‘N Sync disbanded, he decided to use his creative genius elsewhere, appearing in a Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors and in highly-acclaimed films such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Fatone placed second on Dancing with the Stars, season 4 and recently finished work on a new movie, Inkubus
Davey Johnson-As a major league ball player, Johnson reached the World Series 4 times with The Baltimore Orioles in the late 60′s and early 70′s, and won it all twice with them. He has the distinction of being the last person to get a hit off of Sandy Koufax. After his career ended in ’78, Johnson became the head coach of the New York Mets where he won the World Series as a head coach in 1986.
Doc Rivers-Rivers spent most of his playing career with The Atlanta Hawks, showing off is great defensive skills. He became the Head Coach of The Orlando Magic in 1999, winning the Coach of the Year award in 2000. In 2004, he became the Head Coach of The Boston Celtics and it is there that he led the team to win The NBA Championship in 2008!
Lee Janzen- Janzen has won eight times on the PGA Tour, most notably the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Opens. In 1993, Janzen defeated Payne Stewart, en route to tying the 72-hole U.S. Open scoring record of 8-under par. Five years later, he again beat out Stewart to win his second U.S. Open. He overcame a five stroke deficit on Sunday, the best final-round comeback in a U.S. Open since 1973. Janzen also notched a victory at The Players Championship in 1995.
If you have it in your heart and your wallet (believe me I know times are tough) and can help out this outstanding charity so that so many little children can have the opportunity to walk when no one thought they could, will you please give what you can, either online or through the mail.
If you are in the central Florida area and would like to attend any of the events or even have the ability to donate something for the the auctions, please email me at LJSBlog@aol.com or contact the organizer directly at email@example.com or 702-370-3691 (the organizers are requesting the value be $100) - where are my wonderful ETSY business owners? You have some beautiful jewelry out there!!
As Larry the Cable Guy says, some of the top minds in the world are working to spread the word about diagnosis, prevention and care for Hip Dysplasia. Thanks to people like all of you and those who join events like this, with all of our help, we will "Git-R-Done!"
|The International Hip Dysplasia Institute is making great strides thanks to a $5,000,000 donation from the Git-R-Done Foundation.|