Congrats – and thank you – to Cindy Leland

Cindy purchased a copy of Stephen Kuusisto’s new book, , “Letters to Borges, and saved $ by taking
advantage of the pre-order price. In so doing, she also entered a random drawing
and is the winner this week of an autographed copy of “Only Bread, Only
Light”, Steve’s first book of poetry (Copper Canyon Press).

Will you be next week’s winner?


Professor Stephen Kuusisto is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening” and the acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”. His second collection of poems from Copper Canyon Press, “Letters to Borges,
is scheduled for release in October 2012.  In addition to giving
literary readings, Steve speaks widely on diversity, disability,
education, and public policy.

The Barefoot Review seeking submissions

Jamie Sue, from The Barefoot Review, made contact and asked us to share the following post. Happy to do so…

What is it?

The Barefoot Review is a new publication. We welcome submissions of poetry or short prose from people who have or have had physical difficulties in their lives, from cancer to seizures, Alzheimer’s to Lupus. It is also for caretakers, families, significant others and friends to write about their experiences and relationship to the person.

What’s the Purpose?

Writing can be a tremendous source of healing and allow difficult feelings and ideas to be expressed. Unfortunately, every piece submitted can’t be published, however every piece is important. The process of writing, verbalizing feelings that may be subconscious or unexpressed is more important than the acknowledgment of publication.
We hope sharing this work online will help people facing similar difficulties find inspiration in the words of others.

What’s in a Name?

The Barefoot Review is named to evoke several meanings: baring your soul and expressing naked feelings. Bare feet ground you, give you balance, and connect you to the Earth. The review is here from a desire to help others.

Where is it?

The review is here, there and everywhere —
Please be sure to read the submissions guidelines before sending us your work.
Question, compliment or complaint?

RAGBRAI for a cause: Project 3000 Seeks Cure for LCA

Dear Friends,

You can help us find a cure for blind children!

Chicago Cubs star Derrek Lee and Boston Celtics CEO and co-owner
Wyc Grousbeck — in partnership with the John and Marcia Carver
Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory at The University of Iowa
— are
combining their talents and energies to eradicate an inherited form of
blindness that has touched both of their families, Leber congenital
amaurosis or LCA. They call their effort Project 3000 because a central
part of their plan is to find every man, woman, and child affected with
LCA in the United States — about 3,000 people.

I will be riding my bicycle 475 miles across the state of Iowa
July 19-25, along with several other friends and supporters of Project
3000, as part of RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across
Iowa. To give some additional meaning and purpose to
a ride that is sure to be fun, the cyclists on Team Project 3000 and I
invite you to support the crucial work of Project 3000 at The
University of Iowa.

Feel free to make a gift of any amount you wish. If you would like
to make a per-mile-ridden gift, please take the amount per mile you
wish to give and multiply that times 475 (the number of miles I plan
ride) to get your gift amount.

I would offer an option for you to give by the pound (mine–on the
hoof), but that may prove to be too expensive for some of you. Instead,
as an extra incentive to give, I will provide prizes to those who guess
my weight at the end of the ride (after the celebratory beer and wine).

Also, I plan to do a blog or some other way to communicate about
the ride (I may be a twit, but right now I don't Twitter), so I will
keep you posted on this idea. If you want me to keep you updated,
please contact me at my email address:



With just a few clicks of your mouse, please make a gift today to help fund Project 3000.

fill in the secure online gift form , and I will receive
notification of your gift. Your contribution will be put right to work
to help us with Project 3000. The University of Iowa Foundation (the
preferred channel for private support for Project 3000) will send a
receipt. ALL gifts will be used to support Project 3000.

Learn more about Project 3000 at

Thank you very much for your gift. Together, there is something you can do to provide HOPE.

Total Raised: $16,850.00

So you call yourself a Cubs fan?

Cubs fans can be in movie, aid charity
Donations for credits benefit Project 3000, Little Cubs Field

By Carrie Muskat /

CHICAGO — Want to be in the movies? It's not a starring role, but Cubs
fans can show their support for their team and the city of Chicago as
well as help others by adding their name to the closing credits of a
soon to be released documentary.

Fans can have their name or that of a loved one included in the
final credits of the upcoming documentary, "We Believe — Chicago and
its Cubs," to be released in spring 2009.

One half of all proceeds collected will go to two Cubs-related efforts.
The money will benefit Project 3000, an organization which Cubs first
baseman Derrek Lee helped create to find people affected with Leber
congenital amaurosis (LCA), a blinding eye disease. Money also will be
donated to the non-profit Little Cubs Field, a replica of Wrigley Field
scaled down to a kid-sized park located in Freeport, Ill.

This is believed to be the first time a film production has undertaken active viewer participation to support charities.

Big Ten Network Supports Project 3000

Logo: Project 3000Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs and Wyc Grousbeck of the Boston Celtics share an uncommon bond.  Each has a child with a rare genetic eye disease called Leber’s congenital amaurosis, otherwise known as LCA.  Rare as this condition is, these two devoted fathers would probably not be aware of their similar experiences were it not for the efforts of Dr. Edwin Stone and his research team at the University of Iowa’s John and Marcia Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory.  In their view, it is Dr. Stone who represents hope for the future of their children, and others like them.  It is Dr. Stone’s powerful message that "there is something we can do" that has inspired the Lee and Grousbeck families to combine their talents and their resources to support the research that is currently being done.

initiative spearheaded by Derrek Lee and Wyc Grousbeck is known as Project 3000, named as such to reflect the estimated 3000 people in the United States living with LCA.  One of the major goals of this ambitious effort is to find, and test, these 3000 people in order to advance the research.  Research points to hope in terms of treatment and a possible cure, not only for LCA, but for other inherited eye diseases as well.

An informational video, produced to raise awareness and help spread the word, has been aired on the Big Ten Network.  It has also been made available for viewing here.

To Learn More visit:

Derrek Lee’s 1st Touch Foundation
Project 3000: Believe the Unseen