Back On My Feet
Moving the Homeless forward One Step at
Back on My Feet is a non-profit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of Philadelphia's
homeless population by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Back on My Feet does not provide food nor does it provide shelter, but instead provides a community that embraces equality,
respect, discipline, teamwork and leadership. There are no labels, no stigmas and no stereotypes. At Back on My Feet, all
members – regardless of race, education or socioeconomic status – join together to move their own lives forward
as well as the lives of their teammates. Back on My Feet is much more than just running - it is a comprehensive program that
offers connections to job training, educational scholarships and housing assistance. The benefits of Back on My Feet are earned
through the currency of attitude, commitment, teamwork, respect, dedication and leadership.
Kevin Carroll - Katalyst Consultancy
is the author of the highly successful Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. He is the founder of The Katalyst Consultancy where his
“job” is to nurture and care for the individual and communal inner spirit and to inspire new ways of thinking.
It is not unusual for him to work with CEOs from Fortune 500 companies and a group of equally unruly first graders on the
same day. In fact, it’s expected. He considers himself an excitatory agent for change; in other words, he’s a
“Katalyst.” The “K” is for Kevin. Kevin and I were high school soccer and basketball teammates
and friends at Haverford High School. We had some great coaches and understand and appreciate the values
and ethics that these coaches have passed on to us. There were many lessons learned as we developed our "intestinal fortitude"
through sweat equity from folks like Ted Keyser and Steve Juenger. Although things may not have been crystal clear when we
were teenagers, there obviously came a point in time where it all clicked and their message made sense to us.
Jonathon S. Blais a.k.a. BLAZEMAN
Blais is a Seekonk "Warrior" who went on fueling a passion for teaching "Underdogs" to overcome an obstacle called: life.
He took his Seekonk "Smarts" to the streets of San Diego, CA becoming known as "Blazeman". On May 2, 2005 while teaching and finishing a Masters degree in Education, he was given a death sentence by diagnosis of ALS (Amyotrophic
Lateral Sclerosis) more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. According to statistics, he has a MND (motor neuron disease)
on board that was progressively and relentlessly destroying his body. The reality
is 70 years later, after former baseball legend "Iron Horse" Lou Gehrig was walked off field at Yankee Stadium in 1939, the
world has only one FDA approved drug that clinically fails to do anything beyond extend suffering. Did you know 411 people
die each day from ALS? That's 17 people every hour. More than 150,000 PALS (People with ALS) keep dying from Lou Gherig's
disease and more than 350,000 PALS are left suffering its affliction each year. ALS... the best your Neurologist can do is
hand you a pamphlet as you make your way out of their office that describes the fact that you will sooner than later find
yourself up "Shit’s Creek" without a paddle. Anyway, such are things and it is what it is. Jon has always believed in
ending your story with a quote. Others have already said it best, so it's better to remember those and go out strong. So …
"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us." R.W. Emerson. So what then
if I may ask kind of Braveheart lives within you? On October 15, 2005 Blazeman finished the 27th annual Ford Hawaii Ironman Triathlon Championship: 2.4 miles of ocean swimming followed
by 112 miles of cycling finishing up with 26.2 miles of running through the lava fields of Kona. In 2006, Jon was wheel chair
bound. In May of 2007, Jon lost his battle but the war against ALS in his spirit
and honor will never waver.
You can help
Blazeman continue his fight by visiting www.alswarriorpoet.com
Kerr - TK Charities
Tim Kerr Charities,
Inc. was created by Tim Kerr specifically to raise funds for physically and mentally challenged children. There are three
components of Tim Kerr Charities: Tim Kerr 7 - Mile Island Run for Challenged Children, Power Play for Life, and Children's
Charities of Power Play Realty. Although I've only know Tim personally for a couple of years, his legend is certainly well
known. His NHL All Star status is almost eclipsed by the incredible work he has done through his charitable organization.
With the addition of the Avalon IslandMan Triathlon in 2006, Tim and his wife Midge, "get it", and are giving back in a big
Crandell - Racing for Recovery
Recovery is a federally approved non-profit organization founded to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in children and provide
positive alternatives to those currently battling addiction through motivational speaking events, health and exercise. I became
friends with Todd in 2004 when I interviewed him for Transition Times. Todd literally hit the bottom of the barrel, pulled
himself out, and is now helping countless people find their way. Todd is a true ambassador of good will.