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Hi, I'm Kevin Coupe and this is FaceTime with the Content Guy ... coming to you this week from Portland, Oregon.
As you all know, I love any opportunity to come to Portland, but this time was something special - it was my privilege to be asked to serve as master of ceremonies at the annual City of Hope charity gala, held to raise money to fund anti-cancer research.
I've had the opportunity to spend some time at City of Hope's Duarte, California, campus and talk with some of the amazing researchers there. I was, to be honest, blown away by what I learned and saw there ... not just by talking to researchers, but by the simple moments. The connections between patients and caregivers. Seeing families finding time and space in which they can bond even in the most dire of circumstances. Or people finding peace looking out at the mountains or wandering through the gardens.
If you've never had the opportunity to see City of Hope in action, I recommend it. These are people of integrity and enormous intellect who provide strength, character, persistence and compassion every step of the way to fuel patients' hearts and minds and souls for the battle of their lives.
As impressive in its own way is the fact that hundreds of food industry people came together here tonight in support of this amazing place. This was not business as usual ... it was people focusing on a bigger picture. And there was no better evidence of this than the fact that one auction was conducted by two executives, side by side - one from Haggen, and one from Albertsons.
Brought a tear to my eye.
Great event. Great organization. I was thrilled to be part of it.
That's what's on my mind ... and, as always, I want to hear what's on your mind.
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