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And Kayla is going to be a mom. Holy cow. That little girl who called me “Homie G” when we first met and who was just 14 years old when she and her kid sister walked their mom down the aisle at our wedding — she’s going to be a mom.

The ice bucket challenge: a fad that stands apart

An edited version of this article appeared in the Sun Sentinel on Aug. 31, 2014. I’m restoring some of the thoughts that were trimmed for space considerations. The original article can be found here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/fl-oped-als-ro-20140831,0,3681510.story She died two years ago today, August 31, 2012. Diane Riportella was my sister, and Lou Gehrig’s disease stole her fromContinue reading “The ice bucket challenge: a fad that stands apart”

Fundraiser for Diane Riportella, ALS fighter

Diane Riportella (my sister) was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) almost three years ago. She has fought bravely, but if you know anything about ALS, you know that it is relentless and merciless. Needless to say, the cost of treatment is astronomical. Our family has raised money for ALS research, but at this timeContinue reading “Fundraiser for Diane Riportella, ALS fighter”

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