This is a video tribute made in honor of my brother, Jonathan Scott Mendoza. January 10, 2008 marked the ten year anniversary of his death.

This is for mom, dad, my sisters, Jewel and Jen and all friends and family who never let a day pass without remembering him.

My apologies… the video is no longer available on youtube…I took it off in fear of breaking any copyright laws. I still have it safe and sound on my desktop though, so mom, don’t worry I can make you copy if you want. 🙂

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The Best Little Frame Shop and Art Gallery in Mahwah, NJ, Bergen County, is hosting their 8th annual ‘The Journey: The Yellow Bra Event, 2008’ art show. Show dates are scheduled for October 26th to November 21st. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade.

For more information on the event, click here.

My mother-in-law, Janina Jayme, has donated pieces of her artwork to this event in the past and has successfully raised money to this worthy cause.

The Kidado Blog family would like to express their sincere gratitude and thanks to all 3-day participants, fans, supporters and the like for their endurance, strength and enthusiasm for taking us one step closer to the cure for breast cancer. Our thoughts are with all Philadelphia walkers, who at this very moment are resting beneath their pink tents, hopefully keeping warm throughout this cool autumn night, after their first full day of walking.

A special shout-out to my friend and survivor, Anne Moss! Go Anne! And to her daughters, Karen and Amy!

Click this for some footage of Day 1.

I read a piece of writing today by my new friend Anne Moss. It told of her experience at the 2007 Philadelphia 3-Day, a hugely successful fundraiser/awareness program for the fight against breast cancer. It encompasses a 60 mile walk over the course of three days. Anne was one of hundreds who completed the walk that year; she even surpassed her fundraising goal.

Anne is a survivor herself. After reading the 8-page saga of her 3-day adventure, I became deeply humbled and moved. My daily nuisances became trivial, seemingly unworthy of any pain. Sometimes it takes the hap encounter of an individual like Anne, to help me stay grounded and to help me realize what’s truly important in life. Here’s a little excerpt from her writing:

My first thought after finishing was, ‘I can’t believe I just did all that, and I feel GREAT!’ There was definitely a surreal quality to the moment. I had packed flip flops to change into…However, my feet and legs felt fine, and I don’t want to take off my sneakers. I think I probably did not want the moment and the feeling to end. (Anne Moss)

Here is a link to the official site of Breast Cancer 3-Day and please read more of what my friend Anne has to say about her experience and support her as she prepares for this year’s Philadelphia3-Day!

Anne, you are an inspiration. Your strength and endurance…your writing…it is a real life story of why all of us should never give up.