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#1 of 17 Jon_Are

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Posted July 16 2009 - 10:26 AM

Short version: A good friend of mine, who has cystic fibrosis, is a finalist for the Applebee’s Real Hero contest. She is in the top ten among 8000 entries. Emily Schaller is an incredibly positive, selfless hero who really, really deserves to win.

Please vote for her here:  
http://applebees.com/realheroes/ 


Long version: I’ve known Emily Schaller for more than fifteen years, and she is the most positive, inspirational person I’ve ever encountered. She is a tireless advocate for cystic fibrosis research, and she gets things accomplished and provides inspiration, strength and hope to others even when no one is watching. She founded her own foundation (letsrockcf.org), she bikes from Detroit to Chicago every year to raise awareness and money for research, she runs half-marathons, and she plays drums in a rock band and holds fundraising concerts. And she just announced that she is biking from Detroit to Burbank, CA (rumor has it, to appear on the Ellen show). Her life’s mission is to advance CF research; not to help her, but to help future generations.

Please vote for her here:
http://applebees.com/realheroes/  

You can vote once a day until July 23.

Thank you,


Jon


#2 of 17 ChristopherG

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Posted July 17 2009 - 12:25 AM

Done
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#3 of 17 Jeff Willis

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Posted July 17 2009 - 12:50 AM

Ditto

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#4 of 17 Keith Plucker

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Posted July 17 2009 - 10:07 AM

 Double ditto.

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As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. - Hunter S. Thompson, 1958, from cover letter he wrote for a newspaper job.


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Posted July 17 2009 - 10:15 AM

Same here.

#6 of 17 RyanAn

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Posted July 17 2009 - 12:26 PM

She's got my vote!



#7 of 17 Jimi C

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Posted July 17 2009 - 05:55 PM

Quaditto.


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#8 of 17 Cees Alons

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Posted July 18 2009 - 04:43 AM

No problem.


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#9 of 17 Jim_F

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Posted July 19 2009 - 12:10 PM

 Certainly!
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Posted July 20 2009 - 01:40 PM

Done today

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Posted July 20 2009 - 02:02 PM

Done.


#12 of 17 Matt Butler

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Posted July 22 2009 - 06:32 AM

She got my vote!

Good luck to her.


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#13 of 17 Jon_Are

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Posted July 22 2009 - 10:01 AM

Thanks, everyone!

Today and tomorrow are the last voting days.

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#14 of 17 Jon_Are

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Posted August 01 2009 - 12:45 PM

She won !!!

Link: www.applebees.com/realheroes/default.aspx

Thanks so much to everyone who voted.

Jon


#15 of 17 Cees Alons

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Posted August 01 2009 - 01:30 PM

Congratulations with and to your friend!
Glad we could be of some help (but I doubt that would have been enough  ).


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#16 of 17 TravisR

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Posted August 01 2009 - 02:40 PM

Cool! 

#17 of 17 Jon_Are

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Posted August 02 2009 - 01:59 AM

I think all she won was a $500 gift card to Applebees. But she's more excited about the publicity and the opportunity to raise awareness about CF.

She starts her cross-country bicycle trip soon - watch for her on "Ellen".

Jon




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