September is known as Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. 19 for Life has joined force with Unravel Pediatric Cancer a non-profit foundation whose main goal is to help eliminate pediatric cancer. Unravel Pediatric Cancer, started a fund raiser called, “Fluttering.” Through Fluttering, 19 for Life hopes to help spread the word of this terrible disease. Fluttering, involves using dragonflies as yard stakes and moves from house to house during the month of September. Join us by purchasing a Fluttering kit, or by asking to be fluttered and spread the word in our community. All money raised, goes to cancer research laboratories that Unravel Pediatric Cancer is connected too.
The extremely comfortable and equally stylish Kevin Frandsen “Strike Out Cancer” t-shirt is now available from 108 Stitches in both men’s and women’s sizes and cuts. Visit here for complete information.
Five dollars from the sale of every tee goes to support 19 For Life, and five dollars goes to support the Jason Motte Foundation. Act now and you can start looking as good as this guy! (beard not included):
On May 19, 2014, 19 for Life presented two inspiring high school student athletes each with a $1,900 scholarship. Please click on the links below to watch each of their courageous stories and see how they have both overcome adversity. It was such a pleasure to meet and have dinner with them and their families at the Cal Hi Sports Banquet. We know that they both have very bright futures ahead of them!
A couple of quick updates related to the 19 For Life Foundation that we wanted to share with our friends, family, and supporters…
- In 2013 we received over $114k in donations. We contributed just under $96k to our various causes. That’s 84%!!!
- So far in 2014…
- We hosted the 8th Annual DJ Frandsen Bocce Ball Tournament at Campo di Bocce in Los Gatos on January 26th. It was once again a tremendously successful and sold-out event that raised a lot of money for the many worthy causes we support, and was a great time for all who attended. View photos from the event here!
- On February 12th, 19 for Life provided Greg Walker a much needed break from his cancer fight. We sent him and his wife to a Warriors basketball game, and they saw a great game! (See photos in slideshow above) Warriors vs Heat…the Warriors were down by 20 in the 3rd quarter, but fought back to take a 2-point lead with about 10 seconds left. LeBron James then hit a game-winning three pointer with 0.3 seconds left in the game. Unfortunately, the Heat won, but the game was super entertaining and Greg had an awesome time!
Our foundation could not do what we do without the support from so many people who donate their money and time. Thank you all!
The top 5 finalists were announced today for the Lexus of Stevens Creek Volunteer Scholarship Awards.
19 for Life, Cal-Hi Sports, and Lexus of Stevens Creek, will present the Lexus Volunteer Scholarship Awards to local high school athletes who exemplify the balance of a successful college bound high school curriculum while excelling in athletics and actively volunteering in the community. The awards will be presented at the Cal-Hi Sports Award Banquet on May 19th at EA Sports.
The 5 finalists are:
- Natalie Lemire – Saratoga High School
- Alex Manu – Aragon High School
- Jackson Pellegrini – Leigh High School
- Mariah Roasa – Mountain View Academy
- Caitlin Stuewe – Sacred Heart Prep
Congratulations to all of the volunteer athletes considered in this year’s Lexus Volunteer Scholarship Awards and we are looking forward to a great night on the 19th!
17 year-old Kayla Jones won a new iPad mini on Friday, April 23rd, as part of the Lexus Volunteer Scholarship Awards Voting Contest! (Visit here for full details)
Kayla is a senior at Piedmont Hills High School and plays the forward position on the Pirates basketball team. She also enjoys volunteering and helping her community. In November, Kayla helped organize the Sheriff’s Heroes Run to benefit the pediatrics department at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Awesome work Kayla!
Kevin Frandsen and 19 for Life for recently profiled in the Lehigh Valley newspaper, The Morning Call. The entire article can be read here.
Kevin Frandsen goes through the usual routine when he steps up to the plate — smoothing the dirt in the batter’s box with his feet, taking a couple of practice swings, adjusting his batting glove and helmet. The 30-year-old Lehigh Valley IronPigs second baseman adds one more relatively unnoticed gesture to his routine — reaching back over his right shoulder for a quick pat on the back before stepping in to face down the opposing pitcher. Beneath Frandsen’s jersey, just below the neck, is a tattoo with the letters “DJ” superimposed over the No. 19. The body work honors the memory of his older brother, David Frandsen Jr. — D.J., as he was known to family and friends, who lost a 19-year-battle with Wilms’ tumor, a form of recurring kidney cancer, on Sept. 16, 2004. He was 25.
“It’s just a friendly reminder that he’s always with me,” Frandsen said of his ritual.
To keep D.J.’s spirit and memory alive, the Frandsen family and friends founded and operate 19 For Life (www.19forlife.org), a foundation in Frandsen’s hometown of San Jose, Calif., that provides scholarships to high school students throughout the San Francisco Bay area, equipment for local medical facilities that specialize in pediatric cancer treatment and funds for cancer research…
Buster Posey was named the MLB’s Player’s Choice, National League Rookie of the Year the other day. As part of the award, he is given the opportunity to donate to a cause/charity of his choice. Buster’s decided on 19 for Life, which was started in memory of DJ Frandsen!
Thank you Buster and Congratulations