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Reggie Bibbs is a highly inspirational man living in Houston, Texas. He was born with neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disease which causes him to develop tumors on his body. NF can be a subtle disease, but in Reggie’s case it has left him with a disfigured face. After years of public frustration, he launched a unique one-man campaign to call attention to this disease.
“I have neurofibromatosis. It’s a disorder that causes tumors to grow along my nervous system. In my case, it’s fairly disfiguring. When I would go out in public, people would stare or, worse, walk away. So I came up with an idea for a t-shirt and the rest, as they say, is history.”
With the help of a friend at a local advertising agency, Reggie Bibbs created a t-shirt that would invite people to come up and talk to him about his disorder. “I figured the more they knew about my disease, the more they would understand me.”
“When Reggie called me with the idea for a t-shirt that read, ‘Just Ask’, I literally had tears in my eyes, said long-time friend Lou Congelio, president of STANANDLOU Advertising. The idea was so simple and so powerful that I immediately offered him a position in the company.”
The t-shirt features on the front an abstract outline of Reggie’s face and, on the back, large type that simply says,’JUST ASK!’. Also included on the back is the url for Reggie’s website, www.reggiebibbs.com.
Today, Reggie is also on MySpace and Facebook and has an online store on his website. He’s been interviewed by Wikinews too.
Earlier this year, STANANDLOU and Reggie won 2 Gold ADDY Awards, one silver ADDY, and a Special Judges Award for Public Service Adversiting for their new “Just Ask” ads!
Reggie said, “I am thankful that the work here on the Just Ask campaign is getting noticed. More people will learn about NF as we keep pushing forward. Thank you all for supporting the site with your visits.”
On April 14, 2009, the Just Ask Foundation became exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.
Mistilla and Carmen Geddit were awesome last night! They were the last two jams of the night with the Psych Ward Sirens down by 10 or so points. What they did in the last two minutes of the match reminded me what Eli Manning did in the last two minutes of the Super Bowl a couple of years ago. They brought their team back with poise, concentration, talent and heart!!! What a finish!!!!
Thank you for your interest in helping raise awareness for NF. With your help, I hope to spread the word about neurofibromatosis through web, viral, web-related resources, and personal appearances at events throughout the country
Unfortunately due to my not being rich, i.e. poor, I don’t have the financial resources to underwrite all the funding we need to meet my objectives. Thanks to Lou, I have been able to attend all of the functions you see in these photos courtesy of Lou.
I want to raise awareness of neurofibromatosis so that people affected as severely as myself can be accepted into society and lead a “normal” life. That’s why Lou and I and Matt and Geo and William and Shana go out together. When people see other people acting normal around something they don’t understand, they feel ok about it and figure there’s nothing wierd happening and they’re fine. Read more »
We just received terrific news from the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has determined that the Just Ask Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code!!!
This is extremely important to the future of the Just Ask! Foundation because now contributions to the Just Ask! Foundation are deductible under section 170 of the code. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests and gifts. We don’t have to rely on t-shirt sales to keep the website going or to fund our speaking engagements.
This is what we have been working on since last year. Thank goodness: mission complete. This wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of William Hughes, a friend of mine and Lou’s, who also happens to be on the board of the Just Ask! Foundation. William was the point person on dealing wtih the IRS and all the government agencies involved to get this special designation.
Also, none of this would have been possible without the generous support of Michelle Reed of STANANDLOU Advertising who donated the fees necessary to apply for the 501c3 status. Thank you so much, Michelle!
Thanks to William and Michelle, we will be able to raise money through donations, grants, foundations, fund-raising events, etc. and pay no taxes. Everything goes to fund the Just Ask!foundation! Great news for all involved!
Today Lou and I went out to the Houston Roller Derby Crawfish Boil to help support the HRD. We had a great time supporting our friends. They have been really supportive to Neurofibromatosis, I want to help support them for everything they are doing for us. And because they are so wonderful!
I also met a lot of new friends as well. Everyone I met tonight had the oppertunity to JUST ASK about NF, which is hard to do when at the derby. This was a great way to spread awareness of NF. Great friends and a very super time. Enjoy the photos we have posted. Leave comments on the blog and photos as well.
See you at the Roller Derby!
Come early, stay late!
All the Derby Girls will be there!
Dunk a Dementia!
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