Cory’s Crusade

Tim and I have some good friends who’s son has Huntington’s Disease. It will be the fourth year we have supported the poker run. I would like to extend the invitation to anyone who is interested. Even if you don’t have a bike; come on out and see these guys. If nothing else it’s just good times. Thanks Terry and Stacey for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this event.

4th Annual Poker Run Against Huntington’s Disease
Saturday, April 27, 2013 11:00am
Hooters of Hiram
5464 Wendy Bagwell Pkwy, Hiram, Georgia

Cory was diagnosed in April, shortly after his 15th b’day with HD. Cory was born 3 months premature, weighing only 2 pounds when he was born. No one thought he was going to make it. Several hours after his birth when they finally allowed me to see him, in his little incubator on a ventilator, feeding tube and numerous other machines, propped on his side, he was trying to push himself over. I knew at that moment that I had a little fighter on my hands and he was going to be fine. When he started school, he had some learning difficulties and a slight speech impairment. When Cory turned 8 yrs old, we noticed a facial droop and drastic decline in speech. After an MRI, we were told by a neurologist that Cory had Encephalopathy….a big word for degeneration of unknown reason. After some intensive speech therapy, Cory improved. At age 10, Cory started walking on his toes, again we took him to therapy and got braces and it improved. Then at age 14, he had another decline, this time affecting his posture,walking, speech, and his favorite thing, ability to play video games. Numerous neurologists and tests later, we ended up at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, again no one believed me that my son once played like other children, until they saw our home movies. On April 9th 2009, we were given the diagnosis. I cried. I screamed. Then I cried some more. As a mother we are supposed to kiss the hurt way. With HD, the hurt is more than you can imagine. So we promise, as long as there is breath in our bodies, we are going to fight this with Cory, for Cory and all the others affected by this.
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When I got out of the Air Force in 2000; I started working for Ritz Camera. On every lens I sold I would always suggest a UV filter or a clear glass to protect the lens in case it gets dropped or bumped. New lenses already have a UV coating so you can use the cheaper clear glass filters.  A few years ago I purchased a 50mm canon ultrasonic lens and didn’t take my own advise. The camera was dropped and the lens fell flat on the ground. This was a rather inexpensive lens so it was no big deal. When I purchased my 70-200 L lens; my partner reminded me of this and I shouldn’t take the chance. I have always been told to purchase good filters to go with good glass. So I decided to test an inexpensive Vivitar Series 1 HD Pro Multi-Coated Filter. In the mean time; I found test results on on a few filters. The overall test results shows that the Hoya 72 mm HMC UV-0 was the best in over all performance verses price. I found one for $25. Not much more that what I paid for my Vivitar 3 piece kit. In short; you don’t have to pay an arm an a leg to protect your lens. I use my lens inside and outside. Rain or shine. I can’t go a day without me lens. It’s a good investment so protect your equipment.


If you would like to read the test results you can visit: Lenstip  1. Introduction

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