Get Tested for Colon Cancer!

Help Me Howard, of PIX’s Channel 11, did a news segment with us on colon cancer… Watch the segment and get tested:   Lauren Finkelstein has helped us on a number of stories. She runs a site called It’s dedicated to getting the word out to try to match people who need lifesaving […]

Can My Diagnosis of Colon Cancer Save Someone’s Life?

    I am sharing this deeply personal experience, because my story may save someone’s life. At a minimum, it may encourage someone reading this blog to better maintain their health by undergoing a routine colonoscopy.   As I’ve recently learned, prevention is key to early detection—and removal—of cancer.  I am sharing because I think Eastern […]

Can Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg Save a Life?

   #Bridgeofspies I couldn’t believe it, I attended a screening of the unbelievable movie, Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks and Directed by my childhood hero Steven Spielberg.  Seriously, I kept pinching myself to believe I was attending the screening with these two Hollywood giants.  After the movie these two legendary men took part in […]

Can Going to Fiji Save a Life?


On my never ending journey to learn valuable life lessons, this time it led me to the shores of Fiji in the South Pacific. I never really heard of Fiji, outside of the water, much less even know where it was located on the map. Nevertheless, I knew that the information gained on this adventure would benefit me, my family, and the world at large. Because one golden nugget of information shared in the right hands could be life changing. Please bear with me as I share my Fijian

First and foremost let me start with the beauty of the Fijian people. One of the enticements of going to Fiji was learning about the land of Fiji in a Tony Robbins book, “Awaken the Giant Within” The way Tony Robbins described the Fijian people, it was something I knew I wanted to experience firsthand. So when he offered one of his programs in Fiji,  I jumped at the opportunity of a lifetime.

The beauty of the Fijian people is that they are in the now. They are not stressing out about yesterday or tomorrow. There’s few iPhones, iPads, electronic devices amongst the Fijian people and the best form of social media is a volleyball game with laughing and chatting. In a matter of fact in restaurants there’s no wifi so that families from abroad can put down their devices and be present for each other. I learned in my travels, there’s a ton of villages and if one child is orphaned, the village takes care of the child or children.

How Can We Save More Lives?

Guidance from a Stranger?  How Can We Save More Lives when it comes to Living Organ Donation?
Over the years, with Save 1 Person ( I’ve seen when you get media attention for someone who needs life-saving help there are many people willing to save a life.  This is especially true when it comes to living kidney donation. For instance, when Elaine Deleon’s need for a living kidney donor was picked up by Fox’s Good Day NY, close to 200 people wrote in to possibly donate a kidney.
We can get many people to be living kidney donors.  Often, the hospitals are not equipped for the overflow and actually turn donors and donees away.  Please keep in mind that the purpose of this post is not to bash hospitals who save lives. They are doing the best they can.  The purpose of this post is to see if a different angle of the situation can create new answers and solutions to emerge which can help a greater number of people who need living organ donors.
Over the years people who wanted to donate a kidney have told me, in some cases, the hospital discourages them.  Some people, understandably so, are ruled out right away if they have previous health issues such as cancer, heart conditions, kidney stones and other conditions. I’ve heard potential donees say that hospitals don’t get back to them.  Some hospitals won’t even take strangers who come from the media because I’m told through the grapevine, these people are more likely to not follow through, so it’s not worth the time and effort.  Each hospital is different.

Life Lessons in Flying!


Recently, I had the privilege of taking part of a Tony Robbins seminar.  Yes, we walked over hot coals at the seminar  As I’ve explained in the  previous post, the point of walking on hot coals wasn’t to just be crazy. It was to illustrate that we are capable of so much more than we can imagine.  Walking over hot coals, physically supported all of us at the seminar in internalizing this concept emotionally and intellectually, that we are unstoppable if we just believe we can do it. Kind of amazing how it works.  Tony Robbins as part of this weekend long seminar, gave us all homework, which was to take a class of something just for you. Something to escape your reality and fill your soul. So I really pondered for a while, what I would take.  Bowling is boring to me, dancing could be fun but nothing to really excite me, painting (not for me), a comedy class I tried, and it turns out I’m only funny when I don’t try to be….Hmmm, I thought, then as the universe would have it, I saw a post from a fellow fire walker about flying lessons. Well that excited me, scares me actually, terrifies me. I was in at that point, so I called Long Island Flying school and off I flew.  During my flying lesson, I couldn’t stop thinking how a physical lesson of flying relates to something we can all internalize emotionally and intellectually.  And here is my life lesson and what I took away from my flying lesson. How many times in life do we all look at something with the same perspective, over and over again.  We try to solve a problem by looking at it the same old way? Something doesn’t work in our lives, and we keep doing the same thing over and over again, thinking something will change.

Bonnie Gives Kidney & 4 Lives Saved!

  {youtube}GCAg_vUkurc|600|450|0{/youtube}   Bonnie Larosa is a true hero.  Bonnie saw a news segment about a man who needed a living kidney donor and acted on saving a life.  The man in the news segment, Torrey Green already had a donor and Bonnie was asked to test for someone else who needed a living […]