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2016 #TeamEitel FUNdraiser Party Date – Saturday, July 23!

These past 7.5 months have been quite the adventure, filled with positive learning experiences, a growing appreciation for something that I did not understand much of before, even with 7-8 years a IT Contractor supporting ‘it’ and a FREE (with time served) education on a topic I’ve always been interested in.? I’d be lying if I said that the thought of coming home to see my friends and family was not on my mind every single day (and sometimes for hours on end, especially while at RTC or standing some tedious watch or bogus field days). Those thoughts keep me motivated; to do my best, to be happy and at peace while serving on active duty. And I have had it easy here and so far in my early, while late, navy career, with phone and computer access, decent food, a routine schedule, an amazing track and gym, the beach nearby and a liberty policy catering to adults (which was not always the case).? I couldn’t be happier with my decision and commitment to enlist last year.? It’s taught me so much, but I’ll spare the details for now as we’re all hopefully here for this final point.

The 2016 #TeamEitel party! July, 23, 2016. It will be hosted at the same location as years past. I’m hoping to lock down Granfalloons to support an after party as has become tradition. I hope everyone will be able to come out, even if just for a bit to say hello. I know we’re going to miss a few of you, due to scheduling and I’m sorry about that. Last year served as sort of a “going away” party, this will be a bit of a “home coming” for me. So I’d personally appreciate everyone able to stop by, take a dip in the pool and enjoy the day.

I know the majority of you are still on fbook, but I gave up on it, so if you could share this link and let people know about this event I would greatly appreciate it. I’ll post more updates on this site and I I have a few very special people I can count on to share any updates (MOMMA BEAR, TIFFER, JESSICA, ANDY, etc) via facebook as needed.

All for now:
All my love,

#TEAMEITEL 2016 #TEAMEITEL2016 Bigger, Better, Healthier, Happier!

This will be short and sweet as I wanted (needed, really) to get an update out ASAP! I’ve been extremely busy the last few months, being isolated can do that to you (RTC especially and figuring out life at IADT) Alas, it’s all for the best! Have no fear, my intentions for #TeamEitel 2016 are as titled, to be and live bigger, better, healthier and happier! More to come, please sign up for #TeamEitel when you have a moment and join us in our mission to raise awareness and donations in the pursuit of a cure for cancer.



From the LTN Walk 2015:


#TeamEitel @ White Rose AUG10!!!


On Monday, August 10th Melanie Smith and Jessica Reilly will be donating 100% of tips to the Lymphoma Leukemia Society through #TeamEitel! This event will occur at the Philadelphia street bar from 7pm-12am. Bring a card to hold a tab, but cash tips are preferred.
Tell EVERYONE to come have some delicious drinks and amazing food for a great cause! What else is there to do on a Monday?

Ride to Conquer Cancer, Ontario CA Team #PuckCancer

Dad Bike

The man behind my motivation for the 200km ride to conquer cancer and so much more. My dad was a BEAST, just look at him, what a stud. Thanks for the good genes pops, I?m not sure I?ll go the short shorts route anytime soon, maybe after my training that will be accepted, we?ll see haha. An educator, a life saver, an innovator, a father, a friend; compassionate and humble. The man led a life full of passion and purpose, something that I feel so many have trouble with. I?ve dedicated every day of the last few years to living and being with passion and a purpose. I?ve learned that creating a positive environment and mentality is habitual, it brings about a consistent peace and gives purpose. I?ve learned to accept and embrace my emotions, experience them and let them go, to live in the moment, in the now. One of the biggest lessons I learned was to let go of my expectations of the world, set goals but don?t stay so bound to them that you stress yourself into negativity, life does not go as planned, the only expectations you should have are of yourself, be who and what you say you are, follow through. Step outside and off your smart phone, disconnect – unsubscribe to these force fed lists telling you what life, relationships and experiences are and go experience them for yourself. Create your own journey. I?m excited to see where my cyclocross journey takes me. However with snow on the ground, I?m taking out the mtb.


I will be riding “The Classic” Course Route which is Toronto to Niagara Falls: a historic 200+ kilometre route. It is a two day journey and I’m extremely excited to take on this challenge. 200km = 124.274miles. I’ll be riding along side my cousin and hopefully more family and friends will join. Please get in contact with me if you’d like to join the team! I’m currently training on a Specialzed FSR Camber, your continued donations will elevate my training and I’ll be sharing my training story with you as much as possible.
22 weeks and 2 days away – June 13-14, 2015
* I intend to get a custom shirt/jersey made to include everyone’s name who supports me with a donation for this ride that way you’ll be with me every pedal, every mile. You’re support is greatly appreciated. Follow the link below if you’d like to make a donation and support me in my training and ride!

?#?fCancer? ?#?kcfc? ?#?Specialized? ?#?Camber? ?#?29er? ?#?Cannondale? ?#?CAADX? ?#?SRAM? ?#?hydro? ?#?mtb? ?#?passion? ?#?purpose? ?#?life? ?#?cx? ?#?cyclo? ?#?TeamEitel?

Humble words that bring it full circle

thanksgivingdonation1As many of you are aware, Saturday morning I stopped over at the Grace Lutheran Church on Jefferson Avenue in York City to deliver the donations that I collected to Kim’s church (again, thank you so much to everyone who donated.) We had a wonderful assortment of goods that I was able to drop off from turkeys and boxed/canned foods to winter clothing and blankets. Based solely on the hour I was able to stay, sort and organize some of the goods, I think that what my friends helped collect is going to make some individuals and families holidays that much warmer and enjoyable. However, most notably for myself, I received some insightful words of wisdom from someone who I thought that I was there to help, that I would like to pass on.

When I first arrived at the church I saw Kim, waiting by the loading “dock” right at the time we agreed upon earlier that week, gloves on hands, ready to unload the jam-packed truck and take care of some charitable business. We got to talking while unloading the truck and she let me know about a man that had already got her attention when she first arrived at the church and that he had asked when and if they were going to be doing the clothes exchange that day. He told her that if they were to remember him because he’s going to be waiting outside all morning until the church opens and that he could really use a new warm jacket. He wanted her to know how dedicated and patient he was going to be. I remembered seeing a man standing out on the corner in front of the church on that cold 18 degree morning, I thought it had to have been the same guy I had passed about thirty minutes earlier.

We get setup to unload the clothes and blankets on some tables after unloading all of the food into the kitchen and we let the gentleman into the church, offering him some hot tea/coffee and a space to warm up from the bitter weather outside. With some help from Kim?s family members (forgive me for not tagging) we are able to sort out and somewhat organize all of the clothes that were donated along with what was already down there but at the same time looking for something that would fit the gentleman joining us from the cold. I believe it was Kim that found a jacket that would be perfect fit for him. Let me just say, the amount of immediate appreciation from this man was incredibly warming. While trying the jacket on, with no concern or comment for the condition, color, pattern or feel, he shared with us some of his story; surgeries needed, sports teams loved (he was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan), we joked about me liking the Eagles (I?m pretty sure he tried to convince me that Dallas had a better record), the blindness issue he was having in one eye, and so on… The jacket was a perfect fit and he was extremely thankful, continuing on engaging us all in conversation, asking us questions about ourselves, telling a little about himself and just enjoying the company and warmth. Now what really brought everything full circle for me was what I heard just a few moments later. Kim found what she thought would be a very warm and nice sweater for him and with some excitement in her voice asked him to try it on. Now this is what got to me. His reaction and response to Kim. He said, in the most humbling of tones, ?Now what am I going to do with more than what I need??

I?m not going to go into why that means anything to me, but just that it does and I thought that it just might do something similar for someone else. I am so thankful to have had that experience Saturday morning – so thank you to Kim and all of my friends who helped pack a truck that got me over to the church. At the end of the day I can’t help but stress the importance of doing your best to keep your community clean, safe and attempt to be a part of it at whatever level you can. Especially with everything that is going on in the news/world within the last 24 hours; be committed to your town, it?s where you live, it’s where you do your business, the streets you walk and the people you can count on…

Happy Holidays All

How to Help, Thanksgiving 2014

Good evening friends,

I wanted to take a moment to share with everyone what I intend to do to help out this month and Thanksgiving to give and support those who are less fortunate than I. After my post, which gathered some traffic here, about Arnold Abbot and the ridiculousness of him getting arrested for helping others I noticed a lot of people who wanted to help out and had the same impression as I had after reading that article. So, I’ll get down to business as we only have just over a week to make some of this happen! Kim Ziegler reached out to me and gave me a ton of helpful information that we can use to do some good within the York Community. With your help (and her help) I think we can do some truly wonderful things for some families this winter. We can also continue a wonderful tradition of selfless giving and caring that Kim has started.

Kim is a member of Grace Lutheran Church @ 150 Jefferson Avenue, in York City and as a member of the church she does what she can to help others in the community throughout the year, every year.? On Saturday 11/22 Kim is going to be putting together Thanksgiving food baskets (of turkey, potatoes, bread, eggs, milk, vegetables, canned fruit/applesauce, cranberry sauce, cookies/pastries, etc) for families that may need just that little extra help this Holiday season. The following donations I will take in until Friday 11/21 so that I can get all of them to Kim so we can get together and make the baskets. If anyone wants to help make baskets and is available Sat 11/22 let me know, I believe Kim will be using the kitchen at the church to put as many baskets as possible together so more families can have some enjoyable Thanksgiving meals. I will make sure to get you whatever information you need to help that day.

Donations Accepted:

  • Variety ?of canned vegetables ? corn, peas, string beans etc.
  • Canned fruits/applesauce
  • Boxed instant potatoes
  • Tubs of Butter/Margarine
  • Loaves of Bread
  • Packs of cookies
  • Pre-baked pastries
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Turkeys

If you would like to donate any of these items, please get in touch with me, I’m hoping that I’m able to fill my truck up and deliver to these to Kim NLT Friday evening. So if you want me to pick them up from you all Friday, I’ll do that. Just get in touch with me!

Other donations not necessarily for Thanksgiving but for the season if you have them available or would like to provide can be a huge help to the community…

Food for the food pantry (stored at the church):

  • Canned foods
  • Boxed foods
  • Baby food
  • Baby formula

Other Items:

  • clothing (winter hats, gloves, old jackets)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • shampoos
  • soaps
  • combs/brushes
  • hand wipes
  • household goods

When I was talking to Kim over the weekend I started to think about the amount of hoodys, hats and gloves that are sitting in my moms front closet and also what I’ve purchased over the years and never use? anymore due to having something newer and “better”. I try my best to put together trash bags full of clothes that I no longer use and drop them in drop boxes throughout the year but this is probably the most important time. If you do have any WARM clothes that are not in use and want to donate them please get in touch with me. I’ll swing by and get them. It’s about to get cold and although I enjoy cold weather I know that I won’t have to suffer through it.

Again, if you could, please let me know if you would like to share the wealth this holiday season and help out someone in need. I know that many of you may belong to your own churches and if you are already supporting them that is great, but if you are not and would like to help out another community I’d be forever grateful.

Happy Holidays

#TeamEitel Leads LLS/LTN Friends and Family Teams!

Congratulations Team Eitel and Team Eitel supporters! We’re currently leading the Friends and Family Teams list for the Light the Night walk. Little do they know, we still have lots to add to this total from our party this year.

ltntopfundraisersI hope everyone that is able can make it out to the walk next Saturday evening. I’ve been asked to lead the Gold Lantern walking group and say a quick note. The Gold Lanterns indicate walking for someone who has passed away from blood cancers and the hope and dedication of a future cure. There will be a moment (minute) of silence before we get underway with the walk Saturday. It would be a wonderful feeling if there was a strong showing of #TeamEitel supporters. If you are not yet registered please register at the TeamEitel website. There’s still time to raise awareness and money for the cause. Please contact me with any questions!

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Cousler Park
1060 Church Road, York
Walk Distance: 2.5 miles
Check In: 4:00PM
Remembrance Ceremony: 5:00 PM
Walk Start Time: 6:00PM

9/11 #NeverForget (to DONATE/Volunteer)!

InHonorofFlagI?m approaching September 11th a little different this year than in years passed. It goes without saying that today is about remembrance; remembering those who touched our lives on that frightful and fateful day, remembering family and friends who passed on and those who struggled to survive, and remembering those who put others before themselves and those who in the end gave the ultimate sacrifice to save others.

I also encourage everyone to remember to stay vigilant and alert and to know what that means. Today and everyday should be used as a reminder of what we as individuals can do to support our communities and those less fortunate than ourselves. A hero can be anyone. All heroes have one thing in common and it is creating a positive impact. May it be as drastic as laying down one?s life OR as simple as doing acts of kindness out of your own initiative without expecting or asking for any in return. Heroism starts with having the right motive and intention, and is followed through by a concrete action that is taken regardless of the outcome.

My goal by the end of the day today is to have recruited 5 HERO?s. Just to download the RedCross blood app, join #TeamEitel and schedule a donation! You can find the app for iOS and Android here ( With each whole blood donation you have the potential to save upwards of 3 lives. The easiest 8 minute act of heroism you?ll ever participate in.

I challenge you, I implore you! Donate as many times and as many different ways as you can per year! The need for blood was great on September 11th, the need for blood is great today. The need to make a difference hasn?t changed, just the environment in which we exist.

I just signed up for my first platelet donation scheduled next Monday in Timonium. I thought I knew a lot about donating blood until just today I learned that it could be beneficial for me to donate platelets too. If you are a platelet donor, you can still make regular whole blood or double red cell donations.? Both gifts are vitally important to patients with life threatening diseases.

Whole Blood Donation (All blood types, most common, 8-10 minutes, eligible every 56 days)

Double Red Cell Donation (Type O preferred, ~30 minutes, eligible every 112 days) (

Platelet Donation INFO (A+, B+, and AB blood types encouraged!, 1.5-2 hours, up to 24 times a year!) (

All of this information can be found at ( Educate yourself!

One love,


2014 #TeamEitel FUNdraiser party updates

Big thanks to Derek Kara Siegel and Brewery Products for donating beverages AND their beer trailer for our party this Saturday, your generosity and support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Team Eitel is tremendous! As long as the weather holds steady we’re going to have a beautiful day of fun in the pool and sun!

The #TeamEitel Pool Party starts at 1PM this Saturday! is reporting 81 degree’s and mostly sunny with a 0% chance of rain, so that’s good. Bring your bathing suit if you want to get in either the pool or dunk tank. We’re also working out a way to do a slip and slide beer game, because why not?!… The Afterparty starts promptly at 9PM at Granfalloons, I hope to see you all at one if not both parties!

Don’t forget to RSVP to the event and join the #TeamEitel Facebook group to get all the details and stay up to date on our progress kicking cancers A$$!