News & opinion Annual HUG Award contender #2: Larry DeSpain, Snowdrop Foundation / Bling For Bravery

Annual HUG Award contender #2: Larry DeSpain, Snowdrop Foundation / Bling For Bravery

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d

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tion is dedic

ted to

ssisting p

tients

nd f

milies

t Tex

s Child

en’s C

nce

Cente

th

ough funding fo

continued

ese

ch to elimin

te childhood c

nce

nd schol

ships fo

college bound pedi

t

ic c

nce

p

tients

nd su

vivo

s. <

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B

ve

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p

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y DeSp

in th

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kes the connection bet

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emendous st

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nd b

ve

y sho

n by child

en suffe

ing f

om c

nce

nd g

it

nd dete

min

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nce

unne

s.

fte

ll,

ho could me mo

e dese

ving of

med

l th

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t

ic c

nce

p

tients

t Tex

s Child

en’s C

nce

Hospit

l in Houston? n>   n style=”font-

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eight: 400;">B

ck in 2007 L

y ‘The Blok’ DeSp

in (

t the

ge of 62)

s encou

ged (ch

llenged) to

un the Houston H

lf M

thon by his son-in-l

.

ound th

t s

me time L

y s moved by the sto

y of

f

mily f

iend, B

i

nn

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ho

s di

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t the

ge of th

ee months. He

lso h

ppened to

ttend

p

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spe

ke

f

om The Sno

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bout ho

he could help

nd inspi

ed by the bve

y of child

en like B

i

nn

G

z

, he c

me up

ith the ide

of Bling Fo

Bve

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s quite litelly been ‘

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since. He

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h

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hen she nomin

ted L

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ted the Bling fo

Bve

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ogm. Bling fo

B

ve

y is

p

ogm developed th

ough the Sno

d

op Found

tion to celebte

nd

e

d the b

ve

y of the pedi

t

ic c

nce

p

tients

t Tex

s Child

en’s C

nce

Hospit

l in Houston, TX. The mission is to dist

ibute finishe

’s med

ls f

om

ces f

om H

lf M

thons th

ough Ult

M

thons including T

i

thlons to the child

en

t the hospit

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ecognize

nd celeb

te thei

bve

y in de

ling

ith c

nce

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e

d of dedic

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nd b

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long dist

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tients f

ces

s I t

lk to them

bout the t

ining

equi

ed

nd ho

the pe

son decided to don

te the med

l

ep

esenting the completion of

jou

ney. I

efe

to it

s putting big smiles on little f

ces. Most h

ve neve

h

d the oppo

tunity to compete in spo

ts

nd h

ve neve

eceived

med

l.  F

om the y they

eceive

nd che

ish them, one

ould think they

e

e Olympic med

ls.  I

ill neve

fo

get the time the mothe

follo

ed me out of the

oom to th

nk me st

ting th

t he

son

s h

ving

b

d d

y

nd th

t

s the fi

st time she h

d seen him smile in seve

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ll the effo

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ve

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om

ll ove

the United St

tes.  I

ould estim

te th

t I h

ve

eceived them f

om close to 500

unne

s.  I think I h

ve

eceived med

ls f

om eve

y st

te

s

ell

s

fe

count

ies outside the United St

tes; C

n

d

, the Nethe

l

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eece, Po

tug

l

nd Bzil come to mind.  I

eceive the med

ls,

emove the

ibbons if they e still

tt

ched

nd

epl

ce it

ith

custom designed Sno

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op Found

tion

ibbon.  I buy the

ibbon f

om Hobby Lobby, ship it to Michig

n fo

p

inting

nd then t

ke them to L

T

ilo

to h

ve eithe

ing o

med

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ibbon.<

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n style="font-

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e

lly kno

ho

m

ny  med

ls

e h

ve h

nded out.  

e st

ted slo

ly the fi

st couple of ye

s but h

ve

dded speci

l d

ys

nd no

h

nd out 140-150 med

ls

ye.  I

ould estim

te th

t

e h

ve dist

ibuted 750-800 med

ls since 2009.  Ou

biggest d

ys

e no

Chelsey's bl

nket d

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ste

nd Go Tex

n D

y.  

e

lso visited this ye

t the stt of Pedi

t

ic C

nce

eness Month

nd might m

ke one mo

e visit

ye.  I typic

lly t

ke 50 med

ls

t

time of

hich no t

o

e

like.  I

ill p

esent th

ee of them to the p

tient

nd let them choose the med

l they

ould like to

eceive.  M

ny of the med

ls h

ve notes

ccomp

nying them

itten by the dono

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y to convey the t

ining

equi

ed, the loc

tion of the ce

nd

little bit

bout the

ce.  The exception is Go Tex

n D

y

he

e

ll the p

tients

eceive

Tex

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s f

om the Tej

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