While I was busy trying to boost Hershey Chocolate’s corporate earnings last week, I failed to write about something pretty cool that happened. A couple Fridays ago (10/21) the season premier of “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” featured the Keefers, a local Central Pennsylvania family with a son Brian who had been paralyzed in a gymnastics accident. Local builders and suppliers, with the help of community volunteers, redid their home to better accommodate Brian’s special needs. While it was neat to have the local area featured in a network program, the cool part was the role played in the show by my friends at HydroWorx. The company was asked to donate a pool to the family’s new home in order to help with Brian’s rehabilitation. The company’s president, Anson Flake, was given some airtime with Paul Dimeo, one of the show’s star designers, as they readied the pool for the unveiling. Then, when the home and all its features were revealed to the Keefers, they showed Brian in the pool as the therapist touted the therapeutic properties of the warm water. I’m sure the folks at HydroWorx were pretty excited to not only see their product on national television, but more importantly to see it donated to a great cause. The young man who will be using the pool to hopefully regain the use of his arms and legs seemed to inspire all who came in contact with him, so hopefully he will respond to the in home treatments he will be receiving and regain mobility and the freedom that will come with it. Nice job HydroWorx!
9 miles in sunny California yesterday – from Torrance to Redondo Beach, then a couple of miles on the boardwalk before turning around and heading back. I couldn’t think why Torrance sounded familiar until I saw a map with a small auxiliary airfield in town called Zamparini Field. It then dawned on me that this was the home of the “Torrance Tornado”, Louis Zamperini. Louis was the subject of the book “Unbroken”, detailing his rise to qualify for the 1936 Olympics in the 5000m, then his WWII service including the time he spent in a Japanese POW camp and his ultimate liberation. Can’t say I channeled any of his speed, but felt pretty good considering the layoff.
LA to Newark this morning, it had been so long since I flew during the day I almost didn’t recognize the cockpit in the light. Almost a 5 hour flight with the wind at our back, will be even longer tomorrow going back. Ugh. This Newark hotel not the best location to go out and grab some miles, went with the elliptical for an hour as a substitute. Might try to brave the streets tomorrow before heading back to California, gaining some training momentum is the name of the game….