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PART DEUX - The World Freerunning and Parkour Federation
David Thompson, King David and Travis Wong explore the world of PARKOUR with LaFern. The World Freerunning & Parkour Federation http://www.wfpf.com is dedicated to the safe and respectful advancement of the Parkour Movement throughout the world.
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(Photo ID left to right: Travis Wong, King David and David ThompsonThe World Freerunning & Parkour Federation)
My involvement in sports and the hemophilia community have worked together to improve the quality of my life. My parents were always very supportive of me and my brothers, but as an adult with mild hemophilia (Factor VIII), I have come to realize the benefits of being involved with the bleeding disorders community. As I have listened to others share their experiences, I have learned a lot about how to better manage my condition. Building relationships with others in the hemophilia community has helped me tremendously.
One example of this was when I went to hemophilia camp for the first time as a volunteer at the age of 26. I remember watching two 9-year old boys with severe hemophilia playing catch in front of the recreation room when one of the boys fell on his knee. He picked himself up, wiped the tears from his eyes, went to the infirmary to infuse himself, and, within a matter of minutes, was right back outside playing catch again. I couldn’t believe that this 9-year old with severe hemophilia had more control over his bleeding disorder than I did.
That was when I realized what an important role the foundation plays in the hemophilia community. It provides an avenue where families can get together and learn from each other, and summer camp is a great place for kids to take ownership of their hemophilia and learn to take care of themselves. If I had taken advantage of some of the great programs the foundation had when I was young, I might have learned how to infuse and taken a more aggressive approach when dealing with my injuries.
Becoming involved in the hemophilia community has helped me to educate myself and given me a much better understanding of how to take care of my bleeding disorder. But the best part of my involvement is great friends I’ve gained. I have never been around a group of people who care so much for each other. It’s as if there is a special connection based on our similar experiences, and we are able to talk about anything with one another.
My father had a quote pinned to the wall when I was young that read… “I used to complain that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” I don’t know where the saying came from, and I’m not sure why it stayed with me, but I do know that it helped me to accept what I have and to make the most of my life. I believe our community is full of people who have done the same. "
Our 2nd Annual Southern California Hemophilia Walk will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Launched in 2008, the Hemophilia Walk is a nationwide event that raises funds and awareness about hemophilia and other bleeding and clotting disorders. Participants raise money, locally and nationally, for crucial research, advocacy and education by joining together in a fun and festive event. http://www.hemophilia.org/walk/
The Playground with LaFern Cusack
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2010
USA Water Presents An Inside Look At: Splash Ball
Olympic World Champion Betsey Armstrong and Greg Mescall, Associate Director of Communications, USA Water Polo. Betsey provides us with Olympic Winning Tips on being a Goalkeeper and playing Water Polo. http://www.usawaterpolo.org/
What gender is eligible to play? Both boys AND girls are welcome to register with Splash Ball. The required age is 5 to 9 years of age.
LaFern Cusack currently produces and hosts 710 ESPN's Experience (Sun. 5a-6a) and Radio Disney AM1110 Playground (Sun 6:30a-7a). With these shows LaFern delivers an inspiring, dynamic and insightful experience to listeners. She brings her humor, warmth and talent for tackling topical community issues with her unique style connecting with every aspect of the show.
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