Book, Friends, and Running for Cancer

We did our first signing in the Des Moines area, today.  It was part of a live feed from Trophy’s Bar and the guys from KXNO were awesome.  Roy did two bits, the first with Jon Miller of HawkeyeNation, fame, and sure enough people heard the show and stopped in.

Tomorrow, Friday March 23, 2012, we will be at Walnut Creek YMCA at noon on Friday.   948 73rd Street, just off I-235 at the 8th Street Exit.

Jon Miller & Roy Marble

Jon Miller & Roy Marble at Trophy's in Des Moines

As with all books signings we meet people that have great stories about their memories of the 86-87 season.  It was fun.

I tend to stress out about arriving on time, especially when it is to someplace I’ve never been.  I planned ahead and my iphone map app got me there on the first try.  I plan for getting lost 3 times, so I was there 80 minutes early.  Which turned out to be awesome, because shortly thereafter, Jon Miller walked in.

Jon is prominently featured in chapter 19, Two Decades and Counting, and though we had talked through email, we’d not met in person.  He has a near encyclopedic knowledge of Hawkeye sport, really, sports in general.  I admit to not having quizzed him on sumo or curling, but I bet he has a few facts stored away, just in case.

I say this almost every day. We live in a great age.  While working on chapter 19 I decided I wanted some fan perspective.  I busted out Google, which led me to an article Jon had written some years earlier.  I found his email and asked if I could write about his perspective during the game.  He wrote back and gave me some great stuff to include.  It is my favorite chapter.  He saw a tweet for FB posting about the signing and came down.  Social media is truly bringing the world together.  At least, that is how it seems to me.

When I got home I found a tweet from my college roommate, Steve Cannon.  He runs marathons to raise money for cancer.  Not just one marathon, but he strings together many days in a row of running marathons.  He ran across the state of Iowa, running one marathon a day until he reached the other side.  (Note:  I became winded typing that last bit.)

Why would he do such a thing, you might ask?  Those that know him would say it is in explicable, because the Steve we knew was more of a lounger than a runner.  A number of years ago, that changed.  On May 27, 2012 he is going to undertake his greatest challenge thus far.  He is going to run around Lake Michigan in 40 days.  Are you kidding me?!

The thing about running like this is it does bring attention to the cause, and his cause is as good as it gets, cancer.  He runs to raise money.  I’m very impressed with my friend, not that I wasn’t before this, but it was for different reasons that I won’t mention here.

If you would like to know more about his journey, please check out this video, and if you are impressed, tell a friend.  It would really help.

Run To Cure Cancer Please give it a thumbs up, too.  Thanks.

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