Oh What a Night! 34th Bucks MACC Fund Game, a winner in every way, except 1 point OT loss

The 34th annual Bucks MACC Fund Game added another great chapter in the history of one of the League’s longest standing charitable relationships.  The MACC Fund took its first breath on the floor of the Milwaukee Arena on December 10, 1976 when the Milwaukee Bucks retired the familiar #14 jersey of Milwaukee’s “Original Buck,” the beloved “Jonny Mac” McGlocklin.  Teaming up with his good friend and the legendary and indefatigable Bucks radio announcer, Eddie Doucette – “The Duke of Dilemma” from his rock and roll radio days – the two dared to dream the dream of a cure by starting the MACC Fund to help kids like Karen and Brett Doucette’s little boy Brett who was diagnosed with leukemia when cure rates hovered precipitously around 20%.  Three decades later, the overall cure rate for childhood cancer rests around 80%.   Brett Doucette is 100%, married and living in Arizona.  

The 34th Bucks MACC Fund Game had all of the color and flair which the Bucks fans have become accustomed to.  Exciting NBA action plus the lights and sounds of nonstop action from the Bucks Hoop Troop, the Energee dancers, the “Macho Man” cam, BANGO and “Mini’Bango” and the ball throws.  From start to finish – well a one-point OT loss dampened the spirits a bit – it was a glorious night.

It started with kids 14 and under getting a great limited edition picture of fan favorites Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings.  The dynamic duo each autographed 1,000 of these great collectibles while on the recent Bucks road trip.  Talk about “going the extra mile!”  With this coveted souvenir in hand, the young fans rode the gleaming escalators to the top of the Bradley Center en route to the family fun-filled “KidsFest” sponsored by the great MACC Fund friends, the Chili’s Restaurants of Wisconsin.  Here the kids played games under the watchful eyes of the Waukesha Catholic Memorial Girls Soccer team. The team dedicated their efforts to Molly Burke, the young daughter of their fine Coach.  Molly is battling cancer with lots of support.  The games abounded with thrills and chills and lucky winners left with “Bucks bling” in hand including treasures like souvenir replica jerseys, head bands and miniballs.  Clowns painted little faces and skinny balloons molded into all sorts of things filled the concourse. The kids even got to decorate cookies and then they got to eat them!  Chili’s and the Bucks made sure all of the kids descended to their seats with memories galore.

Once seated, the Bucks fans watched the presentation of the honorary game ball.  Three-year-old Liam Merz clung to his dad Adam with his Bucks hat propped on his head as the adoring giants of the NBA awaited his pregame ball presentation. Liam was diagnosed with leukemia four months ago. Just think how Liam will enjoy watching the video of this precious presentation long after the memories of his cancer treatment fades.  The national anthem was sung by beautiful young girl who has all of the makings of a budding “American Idol” contestant down the road.  She captivated the appreciative crowd with her stunning rendition with the Bucks rookie standout Larry Sanders standing at attention at her side.

The Timberwolves were introduced. Former Marquette University star Lazar Hayward who wowed the Golden Eagles faithful for four years is a rookie on the TWolves following his selection as their #1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.  His great coach and MACC Fund supporter Buzz Williams watched the game following his team’s practice earlier in the night.  Some of “Zar’s” teammates showed up as well to watch their former teammate who was “living the dream” of playing in the NBA. 

Having introduced the opponents, the great Bucks PA announcer, Eric Jenson, passed the proverbial baton – or microphone in this case – to ten year-old Noah Polzin of Waukesha.  Noah is no stranger to the Bradley Center having presented the honorary game ball last year after meeting his favorite Buck, Andrew Bogut.  Noah, the 2009 TODAY’S TMJ4 MACC*Star designer, later gave Andrew an autographed copy of his 2009 design.  Noah introduced the Bucks Starting 5 with the style and flair of his “mike-mate mentor” Eric who watched his young protégée with a beaming smile as Noah’s introductions rose to a crescendo for his favorite

A N D R E W W W    B O G U T T T T.  Reluctantly, Noah surrendered his microphone to Eric as applause ensued.  An email from Joanie Novack, a dear friend of the MACC Fund and a mom whose son Brandon has battled cancer for 8 years, captured the moment – “Noah, little Noah has a potential new career!!!  He ‘slam dunked’ the intro and won the hearts of everyone in the Bradley Center.  He was awesome! WAY TO GO NOAH!!! And a perfect child to remind that crowd that despite going through the hell of cancer that this little boy will have a heck of a good life thanks to MACC & the BUCKS.  What a charmer!!!!!”  I couldn’t have said it better.
 

The Bucks took over the night, extending their lead to 20 points at times.  They played  under the watchful eye of their fine coach Scott Skiles as well as the grateful eyes of kids battling cancer who filled the seats and Suites thanks to generous friends of the Bucks and the MACC Fund.  Over 125 special guests were treated to a special night away from the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  For these 48 minutes of exciting NBA action, the lab results and “pokes” were put on hold, for this special night at least. 

The MACC Fund’s wonderful friends from Trek Bicycle Corporation filled the time well after the first quarter with a presentation of June’s annual TREK 100 “Gift of Hope” through cycling. Trek’s Pat Sullivan who had an important role in the creation of the TREK 100 presented Jon McGlocklin with a check for $660,000.  This great gift brought the TREK 100 totals from 21 years of pedaling power to $9.5 million thanks to tens of thousands of dedicated riders, their generous supporters and wonderful volunteers who all share the incredible commitment to the children  of Trek Bicycle Corp. The truth be told, Pat’s adorable little daughter Gracie stole the show thanks to the watchful eye of the Bradley Center video director who made sure her precious face filled the great new Bradley Center HD screens as much as possible.  Gracie captured the hearts of all and put an exclamation point on another great TREK 100.

Halftime found the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) taking center stage following an introduction by longtime MACC Fund friend and TODAY’S TMJ4 Sports Anchor Lance Allan who served as the halftime’s Master of Ceremonies.  Jon McGlocklin once again thanked everyone with very special thanks to Bucks owner Senator Herb Kohl.  The WBCA was represented well by Coaches Caron Townsend, its president, Mike Huser, co-chair of the Boys All-Star Games and Ken Barrett who led the group the years and is now its Assistant to beloved Executive Director, Jerry Petitgoue.  Coach Townsend presented the check for $106,000 from the 2010 All-Star Games bringing the 33-year total of over $1.7 million.  Next to the Bucks, the WBCA is the longest standing MACC Fund sponsor.

And so it goes, another blog that is far too long from most standards according to those who set these standards, but one which barely scratches the surface of all of the goodness which filled the Bradley Center thanks to the generosity and commitment of Senator Herb Kohl and the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Senator looked especially proud when he visited the Bucks Suite filled with kids benefitting from his support of the MACC Fund. He was accompanied by Dave Margolis, the biggest Bucks fan and the son of the Senator’s dear friend.  Dave also happens to be one of the nation’s finest bone marrow transplant specialists plying his trade at one of the nation’s greatest hospitals, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin right here in Milwaukee.  The kids in the Suite were excited to see “Doctor Dave” in a Bucks jersey and not in his familiar shirt and tie with his Children’s Hospital lanyard and stethoscope.  I know Senator Kohl is as proud of his son’s accomplished friend as Dr. Margolis is proud of his dad’s generous friend.  

The time has come to close another chapter on another great Bucks MACC Fund Game.  My fingers are tired so I will let that mom who captured Noah’s work earlier close it out.  Who better to capture the importance of a basketball game to help kids fighting cancer and blood disorders than a mom who has lived with it every day for the past 8 years when her first born got the diagnosis every parent fears.  She writes, eloquently as always, as only a mom can: “Just think of how many more kids will get to snuggle up next to their moms and dads on their couch with the Fleet Farm Toyland Catalog with excitement in their eyes and loud, tiny voices as they turn each page screaming “I want that, I want that” with each page full of circled items for their wish list… I remember those days so well and my wish is that each family hearing those awful words, “your child has cancer” gets to enjoy those precious moments.  Last night, with the support of the BUCKS, MACC is closer to making that wish come true for all families!!  What a great night for all!!!!!! 

Indeed. 

Thanks Senator Kohl and your entire Bucks “team” – from the front office to the locker room – and to the living rooms of your wonderful season ticket holders and fans who have embraced the MACC Fund and the kids as well.  “Thanks a Million, Bucks!”

~John Cary – Executive Director

Bucks Back MACC 34 Years Running – Bucks MACC Fund Game, October 22nd

The MACC Fund started on the Milwaukee Arena floor on Dec. 10, 1976 when the Bucks retired the familiar #14 jersey of the “Original Buck,” Jon McGlocklin.  “Jonny Mac” as his good friend and MACC Fund co-founder, Eddie Doucette, called him.  Jon’s “Rainbow Jumper” brought the Bucks many wins.  (He might have used it to score the first points in Bucks franchise history.).

The Bucks have played an integral role in the creation, development and history of the MACC Fund since that cold December day in 1976.  The way I understand it, Eddie and Jon approached the venerable Bucks owner, Jim Fitzgerald, about sponsoring a preseason game to benefit the MACC Fund.  Now, 33 years later, thanks to the generosity of Bucks owner Senator Herb Kohl, we are on the eve of the 34th annual Milwaukee Bucks MACC Fund Game.  The Bucks will be in a border battle with the Minnesota Timberwolves whose lineup includes former Marquette standout and their 2010 #1 draft choice, Lazar Hayward.

“KidsFest” starts out the night at 5:30 PM.  Sponsored by Chili’s Restaurants of Wisconsin, KidsFest offers family fun with games, clowns, face-painting and family priced food.  The ticket to the Bucks MACC Fund Game is your ticket to pregame fun.  Good seats will be available before the game starting at $10 each at the Bradley Center ticket office.

The Bucks dedicated this game to the MACC Fund 33 years ago and the organization’s passion to help the children has continued ever since.  The kids will help with the game as well. Three-year-old Liam Merz of Wauwatosa who is being treated in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will present the honorary game ball.  Ten-year-old Noah Polzin of Waukesha will introduce the Bucks and Timberwolves over the Bradley Center’s Public Address system.  Plus, the Bucks have donated a Suite for the children and their families.  MACC Fund board members and friends have given an additional 100 tickets for the kids.  Think of how much fun they will have cheering on the Bucks. 

Plus, if those kids are among the first 1,000 kids 14 and under, they will get a autographed card of Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings autographed by each of them.  Isn’t that nice of them to sign all of those?  Doesn’t that say a lot about the character of the Bucks on and off the court under the ownership of Senator Kohl, the outstanding leadership of GM of the Year, John Hammond and the impressive coaching of Scott Skiles.  Ironically, Scott’s first game as a professional player was the Bucks MACC Fund Game.

We will also take a moment at half court to thank two other great friends of the MACC Fund as well. Trek Bicycle Corp. will present a big check from their 2010 Ride for Hope and the WBCA will present a big check as well from their 33rd annual All-Star Games. 

It promises to be another great night in the history of the MACC Fund which all started on the Milwaukee Arena floor during a Bucks game in 1976 when the voice of the Bucks, Eddie Doucette, joined forces with “Jonny Mac” in what would become their lifelong mission to help kids with cancer like Eddie’s son Brett.  The MACC Fund’s first “success story,” Brett is now married and living in Arizona. 

We hope to see you there.  For the 34th year, thanks again, Bucks!  Go Bucks Go!

~John Cary – Executive Director

The 2010 Scientific Advisory Board Site Visit and a night to remember

Four of the nation’s leading hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant specialists left Milwaukee on October 14 following their biennial visit to review MACC Fund supported research.  They left the city and the state better than they found it.  The MACC Fund’s 2010 Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) consisted of four nationally renown members. This distinguished group was headed by Susan Blaney, M.D. – Vice Chair of Research, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine and Deputy Director, Texas Children’s Cancer Center who Chaired the Site Visit. Susan was joined by Crystal Mackall, M.D. – Chief, Pediatric Oncology Branch – National Institutes of Health; Stella Davies, M.D., Ph.D. – Director of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Russell Ware, M.D., Ph.D. – Chair, Department of Hematology and Endowed Chair in Sickle Cell Disease – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This impressive group listened intently, asked probing questions and interacted with MACC Fund supported members of the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin over a two day period.  They also met with the MACC Fund’s Board of Directors and were special guests at a dinner attended by the MACC Fund supported researchers and staff at the three great beneficiaries the MACC Fund proudly benefits as well as the MACC Fund’s Board of Directors and staff.

Sitting in a room at dinner on the night of October 13 surrounded by thirty brilliant and dedicated pediatric cancer and hematology scientists and clinicians was exhilarating.  My attempts to capture that that magical two-hour period we enjoyed will sadly fall short.  Suffice to say that the quality and commitment of these incredible people whom the MACC Fund is fortunate to support each day is inspirational. They ply their important trade at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the MACC Fund Research Center, at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in the MACC Fund Childhood Cancer Research Wing.  Adding the talent, and expertise of the four distinguished nationally renown SAB members to this impressive mix of local talent provided a dinner and 2010 Site Visit of great proportions.  Perhaps the MACC Fund’s wonderful  Development Officer for 18 years, Colleen Moran, said it best in an email which followed the dinner by simply remarking “Lovely evening…humbling.”  Sometimes less is indeed more!      

The reality is that none of this would have happened during the 2010 SAB Site Visit without the wonderful support and commitment you, one of the MACC Fund’s legion of friends, donors, sponsors, volunteers and participants.  Each of you – like the impressive scientists and clinicians   and the fine Scientific Advisory Board – play a critical role in providing the MACC Fund’s “Gift of Hope Through Research” to children with cancer and blood disorders.  Thanks to you as members of the MACC Fund team, the $38 million which has been contributed by the MACC Fund to date has truly played on important role in helping to raise the overall cure rate for childhood cancer from 20% to 80% during the MACC Fund’s 34-year existence.  To each of you, we humbly say thank you

The statistics clearly show however, that our work is far from done.  So thank you for all you have done, and for all you will do, to support the clinicians, scientists and critical teams  at the bedside and at the laboratory bench to help the MACC Fund give a “Gift of Hope Through Research.”   

~John Cary – Executive Director

The MACC Fund’s Scientific Advisory Board’s 2010 Site Visit

Four of the nation’s leading hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant specialists are in Milwaukee for a biennial visit to review MACC Fund supported research.  The MACC Fund’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) dates back to 1980.  At that time, the MACC Fund Board determined that independent, outside oversight of the research the MACC Fund supports would be beneficial.  The first members of the SAB were from Harvard, Yale and St. Jude’s Research Hospital.  Like the current SAB, they visited every two years.  

 The 2010 Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) site visit is October 13 and 14.  The distinguished, nationally reknown SAB will meet with MACC Fund supported members of the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  The 2010 SAB members are: Susan Blaney, M.D. – Vice Chair of Research, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine and Deputy Director, Texas Children’s Cancer Center who will Chair the Site Visit. She will be joined by Crystal Mackall, M.D. – Chief, Pediatric Oncology Branch – National Institutes of Health who will be making her second visit.  Making their first visits are Stella Davies, M.D., Ph.D. – Director of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Russell Ware, M.D., Ph.D. – Chair, Department of Hematology and Endowed Chair in Sickle Cell Disease – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The MACC Fund’s Board of Directors looks to the SAB report for recommendations for important research funding for pediatric cancer and related blood disorders. For example, the 2006 SAB report played a key role in the decision to give $5 million to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to fund research infrastructure, a tissue bank, and a research database support in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders as well as the $3.5 million grant to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center’s MACC Fund Childhood Cancer Research Wing in the Wisconsin Interdisciplinary Medical Research (WIMR) Center.

Current and past SAB members are from many of the nation’s leading academic medical institutions and Children’s Hospitals including Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, University of California San Francisco, University of Southern California, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) University of Pennsylvania Medical School and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH.)

The MACC Fund has contributed $38 million for research support at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since the inception of the MACC Fund in 1976.  The overall cure rate for childhood cancer has risen from 20% to 80% in the past 34 years with the MACC Fund playing an important role in this impressive statistic. The Scientific Advisory Board’s recommendations have also played an important role in this success.

~John Cary – Executive Director

The TREK 100 and the Chicago Marathon…more similar than you think

Sunday, October 10, 2010 was the famous Chicago Marathon.  10/10/10 was a special day, indeed.  Our 33-year-old son Johnny came from Philadelphia to run in his third marathon following Rome in 2008 and the Marine Marathon in the nation’s Capitol in 2009.  Family members awoke early for the trip to the Windy City, tolls in hand. Over 45,000 runners started in waves at 7:30.

 Unless you have been there, it is hard to explain what an incredible event it is. It seemed like the whole city turned out to cheer on the athletes as they ran on sun-drenched streets free from the city’s famous winds. Suffice to say, the Chicago Marathon is a spectacle of grand proportions.

 My wife Mary and I joined our daughter Megan and her husband Mike, as well as their 1-year-old Audrey and 4-year-old Ben who donned special handmade “Go Uncle Johnny Go” tee shirts for the occasion.  After a train ride on the Blue Line “El” from Oak Park, we found Johnny’s girlfriend Courtney at Mile 14.  She came in from Brooklyn for the big day.

We anxiously looked for Johnny aside others who cheered for their runners. We had heard from our son Dan who had seen him earlier near Lincoln Park along with his wife Erin and 2-year-old Charlie that he was running well. Ben intently held a Bruegger’s bagel, his Godfather’s favorite. When we finally spotted Johnny, Ben passed off the bagel with the style of a relay runner, and we all cheered Johnny on as he ran in the 7-minute mile pack. We spotted him again at Mile 16 and Mile 25 and found him after the finish. He didn’t run the race he hoped for, but given leg cramps, high temperatures and a persistent cold, he did great in this proud dad’s eyes. 

Why am I writing this on a MACC Fund blog?  That’s a good question.  I could not help but notice the similarities with our great TREK 100 Ride for Hope which was held four months ago.  Both started at 7:30 which called for early wake-up calls for participants, volunteers, staff and cheering fans.  Both required lots of dedicated training. 

Both had great nationally acclaimed title sponsors with Trek Bicycles leading the way for the MACC Fund for 21 years. Bank of America sponsored the Marathon and also joined the TREK 100 as a contributing sponsor. Just like the TREK 100, law enforcement and other emergency workers were on hand to keep it safe for the participants. Volunteers galore lined the streets passing out water and Gatorade to keep the runners hydrated just like the enthusiastic TREK 100 volunteers do for our great riders. I didn’t notice the other food staples that are a trademark of the TREK 100 though.  I can attest to one thing, there wasn’t a brat fry anywhere in sight or smell like we had at the Fall River Foundry on the TREK 100 route last June and Chicago’s music couldn’t compete with the polka band we had at another rest stop.  And I can guarantee that the runners didn’t start their day with pancakes hot off the griddle like the TREK 100 riders were treated to.  

One other great similarity though were the teams of runners who ran for important causes like breast cancer research, epilepsy, autism, the humane society and more, just like the teams of TREK 100 riders riding for special kids battling cancer and blood disorders.  It is hard not to be moved by people wearing special T-shirts remembering loved ones. 

All in all, it was a great day, just like the TREK 100 always is.  Lots of runners with aching bodies will have a sense of accomplishment that some of us will ever know, just like many of the riders in the TREK 100 whether they rode 19 or 100 miles. The organizers should be proud. After all, organizing any major athletic event, much less one with thousands of riders or runners is quite a feat.

So you can see, there is a reason for this post to be in a MACC Fund blog. The Chicago Marathon was a lot like the TREK 100.  It was a great day. And if you’re wondering, Charlie enjoyed it with his mom and dad. Audrey and Ben did too. They found sleep on the way home after a full day of cheering for their Uncle Johnny, just like his mom and dad did.    

Oh, one other thing.  I couldn’t help but notice that downtown Chicago is not Waterloo, Wis., home of Trek Bicycles.  From my vantage point, I’ll take Waterloo surrounded by great rolling roads and rich farmland – perfect for cycling – any day.  Why not make a date today to join us for the TREK 100 on June 11, 2011 – eight months from today.  You can’t beat the clean, country air or the TREK 100’s amazing volunteers making pancakes and brats for grateful riders.  Plus, you can’t beat a great sponsor like Trek Bicycle Corporation!      

 ~John Cary – Executive Director

MACC Fund Mentioned in Sports Illustrated “Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood”

Today is a big day for the MACC Fund. The MACC Fund was included in Damon Hack’s fine Sports Illustrated story entitled “Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood” in the current Oct. 11 issue which we just got. It is a great story on the Packers with a focus on its Pro Bowl QB and fine friend of the MACC Fund. The MACC Fund is mentioned as a beneficiary of Aaron’s generous support on page 52. To the best of my aging Irish memory which dates back nearly 29 years with the MACC Fund, this is the first time that the MACC Fund has been mentioned in a national publication. I might be wrong, but I think that is correct. Regardless, we are very excited. Plus, this is pretty darn good company to be in!

We have been fortunate to see a side of Aaron which many don’t get a chance to see. His talent, athleticism and leadership on the field is mirrored by the style and grace of his caring interest in helping the MACC Fund help kids with cancer and blood disorders off the field. Anyone who attended last May’s impressive “An Evening With Aaron Rodgers” got a glimpse of this as well. Jen Lada of Fox6 Sports did a great job moderating the evening and later wrote a poignant blog about it entitled “Save Me A Spot.” If you haven’t seen it, it is a great read and well worth your time. Read Jen’s blog

Keep an eye on the MACC Fund’s website for the 2011 “Evening With Aaron Rodgers.” Last May at the inaugural event, Aaron told the appreciative sell-out crowd that “this is the first of many. I’m in it for the long haul.” Aaron has a strong interest in music and that impressive comment is “music to the ears” of the kids who benefit from MACC Fund supported research.

~John Cary, Executive Director

Jeff Littmann always helped the kids

The cycling and fitness community and the world in general lost a very special man on Tuesday when Jeff Littmann died following a tragic accident. I had the good fortune to meet Jeff 22 years ago when he worked for Vic Tanny Fitness Centers. He wanted to help the MACC Fund and sponsored MACC*Aerobics to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Fitness instructors were staged in the center field bleachers of Milwaukee County Stadium while MACC*Aerobics participants filled the field as high energy music filled the air. It had never been done before, and no one could do it better than Jeff.

He helped us in other ways, too, depending on the venture that he was engaged in. He appeared on MACC*ATHON on Channel 4 and asked the fitness and cycling community to step up to help the kids. He was a very welcome fixture at our TREK 100 Ride for Hope nearly every year. It was always a treat to see his big smile and feel his firm handshake which always led to a bear hug. You could always count on a team of riders joining him. Like he did in 1988, he was doing his part to help the kids.

Colleen Moran has directed our efforts for the TREK 100 since 1998. She recently solicited Jeff for support for the Ridin’ for Research indoor cycling event the MACC Fund is fortunate to benefit from on February 27 at South Milwaukee Junior High School. Jeff gave a gift once again from his aptly named Attitude Sports and sent back a note reminding Colleen to ask him for support for the 2011 TREK 100. Once again, just like he did in 1988, he was doing his part to help the kids.

When we gather at Trek’s headquarters in Waterloo for the TREK 100 next year on June 11, we will be surrounded by the familiar sights and sounds of thousands of generous cyclists and volunteers who each year follow the wonderful lead of Trek Bicycle Corp. in helping the MACC Fund help kids. One very special person will be missing, but the spirit of Jeff Littman will be present in all who knew him. I’ll miss that hug and that smile, but I will always cherish the memories dating back to July 16, 1988 when fitness enthusiasts filled the diamond for MACC*Aerobics under the watchful eye of Jeff Littman.

The MACC Fund extends its most sincere condolences to the Jeff’s wife, his family and countless friends. Thanks for the ride Jeff. Thanks for caring for the kids and thanks for the hugs and smiles. We will never forget you.

~John Cary, Executive Director

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