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Intensity, Immediacy and Immersion

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Intensity, Immediacy and Immersion


I had the most genuinely pleasurable surprise today when the phone rang and it was Nate Appleman on the line.

I don’t often watch TV but there was something about this man as I watched early rounds of the Food Network's Chopped-All-Stars/ over a TV table laden with a dinner I’d cooked for my wife. Round after round went by and Nate survived against very good competition on the basis of will, creativity under pressure, knowledge of his craft, and intensity. Intensity, immediacy, immersion, as expressed at the heart of “Summon The Magic”.

I reached out to him through the Food Channel -- Oh dear me, it was a repeat - where the PR department informed he he was affiliated with Chipotle and I sent him an e-mail to tell him how impressed I was with his "presence", his focus, the “Samurai” poise of a man intent on winning the contest in which he was, of course, the grand winner.

Watch the video of the grand finale dessert round and keep that in mind the next time you go to your cupboard and say “we don’t have anything to make for dinner”.

I love to cook, to put a meal on the plate for my friends and family, but this man was/is a superstar in the biz. I have peeled potatoes, picked parsley, washed dishes, waited tables, passed on an offer to go to hotel and restaurant management school at one of the better institutions, and done more of my share of dining out, and what this man did in the competition was beyond belief.

I told him I will donate, and I surely will, but instead of an e-mail, he actually took the time to call me on the phone. Quelle surprise! *He is as naturally charming in person as he was human and intense on TV. I told him I was impressed with his performance because I was interested in how to coach for excellence, and he had demonstrated it. Having kids and grandkids of my own, it is natural for me to be attracted to a foundation which addresses a rare illness affecting children. *In addition to promising to be a regular donor at the small level, I will lend my support as is possible from within my own experience as a non-profit executive who existed on grant support throughout much of his career (much of it in medicine), who suffered his own encounter with health and hospitalization issues, whose wife has done the same, and I have already contacted the Kawasaki Disease Foundation to further develop a relationship in which I can support it beyond a few mere dollars. *Nate promised to send me information on a forthcoming major push for serious dollars, which I look forward to receiving. *I will do some homework on the foundation, the disease, and refresh my brain on fund-raising ideas.

The disease is named after Tomisaku Kawasaki, a Japanese pediatrician who first described the illness in the medical literature in 1967. *Although it is more prevalent among children of Asian and Pacific Island descent, KD affects people of all racial and ethnic groups. It is estimated that more than 4,200 children are diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease in the U.S. each year. The cause of KD is unknown, although an agent, like a virus, is suspected. *There is no currently accepted scientific evidence that KD is caused by carpet cleaning or chemical exposure.

Kawasaki Disease is characterized by an inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the body. *There is no specific test for KD; doctors make a clinical diagnosis based on a collection of symptoms and physical findings. *Early symptoms of KD include:
Fever that lasts for five or more days* *
Rash, often worse in the groin area* *
Red bloodshot eyes, without drainage or crusting* *
Bright red, swollen, cracked lips, “strawberry” tongue, which appears with shiny bright red spots after the top coating sloughs off *
Swollen hands and feet and redness of the palms and soles of the feet* *
Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
Understandably, children with these symptoms are extremely uncomfortable and irritable. Any parent whose child has persistent fever and any of these symptoms should take him or her to the doctor immediately.

Without treatment, about 25% of children develop heart disease involving the coronary arteries. *Timely diagnosis and treatment (which usually includes intravenous gamma globulin) is highly effective in preventing coronary complications. *Doctors continue to study the long-term outcome of children who do not appear to have coronary involvement. *Other kinds of longer-term consequences (e.g., non-coronary) are extremely rare. *There is no evidence that links KD with autism or a seizure disorder. A very small number of KD children might have a seizure in the early acute stage of KD when there are very high fevers, but there is no on-going or long term seizure prone condition.

For more info:


An animation on YouTube of the disease process:

The Race for an Answer:

Nate told me his new job at Chipotle allows him to have a greater impact on the food industry and to spend more time with his son.

Who doesn’t want to spend more time with their kids and grandkids, eh?

Join me in getting behind this man and his charity.

Russ has it right, too:
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    As a follow-up, a letter has been mailed widely and received which says:

    "As a leader in the community, you understand the importance of partnering to achieve a greater goal. Toward that end, we would like to invite you to partner with us in our quest to fund medical research that has the potential to impact thousands of children who could suffer from Kawasaki Disease (KD) by donating goods and/or services to the auction to held at one of San Diego’s most unique events- the 3rd Annual Kawasaki Disease “To Save A Child’s Heart” Gala to be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California.

    This year, the gala will offer an irresistible opportunity to dine at a celebrity chef hosted table! Enjoy the evening with a delicious sit down dinner prepared especially for you by one of the many celebrity chefs attending in support of KD research at UC San Diego’s Kawasaki Disease Research Center.

    Celebrity Chef and Honorary Chair Nate Appleman has invited his culinary friends from San Diego and beyond to join him in Cooking for KD. Chef Nate recently competed on the Food Network’s Chopped All Stars to raise funds for KD research and won the title of “All Star Chef”, raising $50,000 for the Kawasaki Disease Foundation! Chef Appleman’s conviction to fund KD research was prompted by the diagnosis of his son Oliver. As Honorary Gala Chair, Chef Appleman continues his mission and hopes to inspire others to join him in making significant contributions to KD research.

    Kawasaki Disease is the #1 cause of acquired heart disease in children. It is estimated that more than 4200 children are diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease in the U.S. each year. And in San Diego, more than 90 new patients are diagnosed and treated annually at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The illness is four to five times more common than some more publicly recognized diseases of children, such as tuberculosis or bacterial meningitis. To learn more about KD, please visit World renowned researcher, Dr. Jane C. Burns leads the charge in KD research at the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UC San Diego. Proceeds from this event will go to support her work that benefits KD patients around the globe.

    Thank you for your consideration and support. As an In-kind Donor, there is no minimum commitment. We greatly appreciate quality items that can be grouped or auctioned individually. In-Kind Donations that make it in to our Live Auction packages will have prominent recognition and promotion prior to and during the gala. Together we can unite and help provide the way to uncover the cause, support the development of a diagnostic test, and fund the research that will lead to the cure of Kawasaki Disease."
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    Two weeks ago, my wife and I took a few days to go north for a brief R&R, staying at a B&B in East Boothbay, Maine. I was stocked with a few articles on reinventing myself post stroke recovery, one of which challenged me in several ways. It said that “tribes of talented individuals who are connected, mutually trustful and supported by one another are in a position to create a movement, to deliver items of value, to move ideas forward faster than any individual ever could.” Lurking in the back of my mind was the challenge of fund-raising for the Kawasaki Disease Foundation and the challenge set forth by Nate Appleman to fund the research chair and the research agenda for the long run. The operative method, among others, is a gala dinner with an auction. Perhaps I should divert to spend some time researching how best to use auctions for fund-raising, but it occurred to me, sitting in a setting stocked with artisans, that the KDF already has a small community. The article went on to say that “If you interact with others, you have a platform to create something new, something that changes everything. I call that art. Art is the opposite of trigonometry. Art never follows instructions or a manual or boss’s orders. Instead, art is the very human act of creating the uncreated, of connecting with another person at a human level.

    What I thought about, in terms of my own re-invention, was getting back to photography, this time in digital format. What I thought about was that I could create a piece of photographic art and then donate it to the auction. What I thought about was that, if I could do that, dozens of other KDF supporters could do the same, choosing their own field or method of creativity.

    Then it occurred to me that many of us know of, participate in, vacation in, or live in a community with a body of artists, artisans, creative people, whose works are frequently offered to the world.

    It then occurred to me that all of these KDF people could be organized, perhaps into teams for some competitiveness, or simply working alone, and write letters or notes or make phone calls to some of these creative types (many of whom are pre-clustered into areas or associations) and ask them to donate a piece for a forthcoming auction. [It may be too late, except perhaps as a trial run, to do this for the next event. It is not too late to begin organizing and reaching out for the event in the following years.]

    If teams are created, perhaps on the basis of geographical region, then the team that generates the most income from donations gets some recognition and reward (aside from the obvious internal ones).

    Those who donate get the recognition of some notice in the auction ... piece provided by ____ of _____ ... and the feedback from the team member who organized, or a letter of thanks and recognition to their local newspaper, and perhaps for having generated a significant degree of cash to the KDF. Presumably all of this can be coordinated at very very low cost by a volunteer or committee.

    Professional artisans can provide a piece of work that is leftover inventory, or not selling particularly well, and take a tax write-off.

    Finally, sitting in a B&B run by a very good chef whose book of recipes was available for purchase, it occurred to me that volunteers from the KDF might also ask professional associations in their areas to create “gift boxes” of such small-ticket items or freebies or promotional items and bundle them up as a package and make them available for auction. For example, the Boothbay region could have a package of ten items which might glean an auction price of $10-15. The region gets the publicity; the highest bidder gets the pleasure of a glimpse at an advanced vacation, etc. The KDF gets another $10-15.


    “To Save a Child’s Heart” Celebrity Chefs Cook for KD A Gala To Benefit KD Research
    In-Kind Donor Form
    Name: Phone number: (  ) Company:
    Address: E-Mail:
    Donation: ( ) Gift Certificate ( ) Item Brief Description:
    ( ) Service ( ) Travel & Entertainment ( ) Other
    Event Date: October 22, 2011 Expiration Date: ________________ Value: $
    Donor Signature:
    Special Instructions:( ) Item to be delivered by Donor _______ (date) ( ) Item Collected ( ) Gift Certificate Attached ( ) To be Picked up by __________ (date)
    Gala Representative: Phone/Email:
    You may give this donation form to your Gala contact person or mail it to:
    “To Save a Child’s Heart” Celebrity Chefs Cook for KD Gala 5427 Foxhound Way San Diego, CA 92130
    Please detach receipt below for your records. Donations received after September 30, 2011are not guaranteed to to be represented in the program booklet.
    Thank you for your donation to support “To Save a Child’s Heart” Gala and the Kawasaki Disease Foundation,a 501 C-3 Non Profit Organization. You will receive an acknowledgement by mail for your donation. Donations to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation are deductible for income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. * Establishing value is the privilege and responsibility of the donor. All donations listed herein are irrevocably made to the KD Foundation and the “To Save a Child’s Heart” Gala.
    Donation Item: ___________________________________ Receipt Amount: $_________________ Date: _____________________
    5427 Foxhound Way San Diego, CA 92130 858.205.3113 Kawasaki Disease Foundation, a 501C3 Charitable Corporation #17053137024021,