The new issue of GCM should be arriving at your home or office any day now, depending on your location in the world.
You’ll immediately notice that the magazine has been redesigned. We’re very proud of that redesign, and I hope you enjoy it.
I don’t want to talk about the redesign right now though. I want to talk about one paragraph in the January issue. It’s the very last paragraph of editorial in the issue. On page 208, lower right-hand corner.
You’ll see that Lance Armstrong is our Reflections focus for the January issue. This is a big issue for us, and we wanted to break out a big gun for the January redesign issue. So GCM readers, we’re proud to introduce you to Lance Armstrong, and hope you’re as excited as we are to see that Lance is a fan of you, the superintendent.
But it dawned on me as I wrote this Reflections… when you talk about Lance Armstrong, you have to talk about his fund-raising for cancer. It’s even more significant than his seven Tour de France titles, right?
But then I thought -– why just talk about his fund-raising? Maybe I could get involved. Heck, maybe I could get our readers involved.
So the editorial team had a meeting, and we did something a little risky. We contacted the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and we set up our own grassroots charity with the LAF.
The folks at the LAF told us that no magazine has tried something like this with their charity. That made us both excited and nervous. But they were eager to work with us. So they set us up with our own Web page on the Lance Armstrong Foundation Web site. You can find it here.
As you’ll see in that paragraph from Reflections, we’re kindly asking our friends of GCM, of GCSAA, any readers of Reflections or the GCM blog… to make a donation to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
A donation is tax deductible and goes to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. You can read up on what the LAF does at this link. I’m sure you’re familiar with it. Heck, you’ve probably wore a yellow “Live Strong” armband.
So the question is this: Why donate?
Of course there are the facts about cancer. And you probably know someone who’s been afflicted with some type of cancer. Hopefully that person survived. That person is possibly you.
And if you don’t know someone that’s dealt with cancer, then you must live in a cottage near the Una-bomber’s old address.
We’ve had a lot of fun with the Reflections page in our magazine. We’ve met such people as Samuel L. Jackson (left), Yogi Berra, Cal Ripken Jr., Joe Pesci, Alice Cooper, Charles Barkley and George Lopez (below). That page has taken me personally to three Bob Hope Chrysler Classics, one American Century Championship and the Wachovia Championship. It’s even earned me the honor of being cussed out by Phil Mickelson and pitcher Randy Johnson.
We’ve had a lot of fun. Maybe now’s a time to take that fun, and do something good with it.
Just an idea. No pressure. If we only raise $100, it won’t be from a lack of trying. And if we raise $1,000... wouldn’t that be cool?
Your donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated by all of us at GCM as well as the people at the LAF and especially the hundreds of thousands that deal with cancer on a daily basis across the nation.
And a reminder, your comments on this topic can be posted for free. Click the “comments” link below and let us know if you made a donation, or if you think we’re morons, or your Superbowl pick, whatever.