PHILIPSBURG, PA United States troops in Afghanistan and Iraq have a little inspiration coming their way.
This week, the Navasky Foundation for Life and the cancer-fundraising band known as One Less Tear, packaged up 100,000 of the One Less Tear music project CDs, loaded them onto a truck for shipment to troops fighting overseas as part of a joint effort with the Tunes4thetroops Program.
Tunes4Troops was founded by 16-year-old High School Student Kaylee Radzyminski of Cleveland, TN.
“I saw her story on a national news program one evening, and it sounded like a really great project,” said Chuck Navasky founder of the One Less Tear project and two-time throat cancer survivor.
“I looked tunes4thetroops up on the web to check it out. I was amazed to see how Kaylee was doing this straight from the heart and it really touched me, I had my wife take a look at it, and within an hour I was on the phone seeing how we could help.”
And help is exactly what Chuck Navasky and his One Less Tear Team are doing.
The AMA said this is the largest single music donation project by one group in music history; Over 100,000 CDs to our troops and over 100,000 CDs to Cancer Patients.
And One Less Tear is hoping to find a National Forum that will allow them to give away another 50,000 CDs to Cancer Patients Across the Country in 2009. Anyone able to assist OLT in this, is asked to contact Mr. Navasky through the OLT Website.
“We’re just thankful that we could do this. The ‘One Less Tear’ CD will give our troops a little boost of inspiration and hope while they sit there in their fox hole or during off time,” said Navasky
The CD is full of inspirational music, sure to lift the spirits of anyone who listens. They don’t have to be a cancer patient to be moved by this compilation.
The Navasky Foundation for Life is quite a story in itself. They’ve already given over 110,000 CD’s to cancer patients across the United States, and Mr. Navasky says that it’s only the beginning.
“Anyone who knows us will tell you that we just like to help people out,” said Mr. Navasky. “I’ve fought cancer twice, and kicked its butt both times! But when you’re in the middle of that battle, you contemplate a lot of things. You think about your wife, kids, family, and friends… it makes you look at life from a whole new perspective. And that’s why we started the One Less Tear project.”
The One Less Tear Cancer CD has been given as a gift to cancer patients and their families throughout the world. The Foundation was able to find different avenues of getting the CD into the hands of those who need it most by the great help of the One Less Tear Band, Donnie Van Zant and .38 Special, Kevin Sharp, Mark Slaughter, Paul Rodgers, Jim Peterik, Ebay, ACS Cancer Relays, hospital visits and special cancer events across the nation. Even former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, has slung a guitar strap over his shoulder and performed as part of the One Less Tear Project!
Celebrities involved in the project include rockers Mark Slaughter, Vince Neil, Donny and Johnnie Van Zant, baseball legends like Ken Griffey, football hall of famers like Tony Dorsett and L.C. Greenwood, Aaron’s Racing Team driver Tim Bainey Jr, a list of entertainers including Olivia Newton-John, Tony Curtis, olympic champion Kurt Angle, and many other top celebrities in sports, entertainment and the music industry.
The Navasky Foundation for Life is a registered 501C3 Non-Profit Organization founded by Chuck Navasky and his wife, Jaye. Based in Philipsburg, PA, the mission is to make the world a better place for our children and grandchildren in all aspects of life.
For many years, they have been working together to help make a difference for the millions of people who have been afflicted by this other form of terrorism called cancer. Through concerts, CD sales, speaking engagements, and fund raising events, they have been able to generate substantial funding for cancer research centers here in Pennsylvania.
The foundation now allows them to expand their efforts to the whole United States. With Chucks large network of connections in the mens clothing business, sports world, and entertainment industry, he can now sponsor events nationwide enabling him to raise even more needed dollars for cancer research.
The foundation supports two very worthy causes. Fifty percent of all funds raised will benefit cancer patients and research. The other fifty percent is earmarked to promote youth oriented programs such as drug and alcohol education, big brother and sister programs and other activities that are instrumental in keeping our children and grandchildren headed on the right path. The foundation believes that the course of a person’s life is greatly defined by his or her childhood experiences.
The foundation is governed by a twelve person board of directors, and this board makes the decisions on how the funds are disbursed. The foundations 501(c)3 nonprofit status gives its financial supporters the benefit of using their kind and generous donations as tax deductions.
The Navasky Foundation for Life is not only dedicated to creating one less tear for those battling cancer, but also wants to nurture and educate Americas children to help make their road to adulthood a little less bumpy.
If you would like to contact One Less Tear to make a donation or help by distributing One Less Tear CDs to Cancer Patients in your Area, free of charge, please check us out online at www.onelesstear.com or contact One Less Tear/The Navasky Foundation for Life, P.O. Box 356, Philipsburg, PA 16866, or call 1-800-628-2759, extension 329.
To be a part of the Tunes4thetroops Program visit them online at www.tunes4thetroops.org.