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Join d'Oni in supporting the ALS Association
& Augies Quest

Watch Lowen & Navarro's "Learning to Fall" - The song, as Eric explains, demystifies being disabled and especially having ALS. Each person in the ALS Choir has been profoundly affected by the disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, for which there is no cure.

Each viewing of the video raises $1 for ALS research through Augies Quest via the web site: whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com.

About Lowen & Navarro
For Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro, the road is home, the stage is the runway and the studio the garden. Songs of loss and change, hope and acceptance, fear and deliverance color their seven studio albums. Voices locked in synchro-step weaving in and out of the flow, telling stories of real lives in the balance. The connections between singer and song, between audience and stage melt into a rich brew that brings them deeper into the heart of the matter and that much closer to the fire in the hearts of their people. There is no road too long that their people don't travel far and wide to see and hear them. As it has been for over twenty years, it still is today.
Presently centered in the crosshairs is their newest release, out July 24, 2008, "Learning To Fall". Seen through the lens of the realizations that come with living some of our dreams, releasing those that may never come to pass, and dealing with the acceptance of now as the only reality. The pattern of wanting and waiting, balanced with holding on and letting go, informs all the songs on "Learning To Fall" and makes them the truest, while sometimes most stark, expressions L&N have ever put on disk.

Much of what is said is seen through the filter of ALS, the neuromuscular disease contracted by Eric Lowen in 2003. His realizations have been revelatory, without moroseness or rage, nor precious sentiment, but are rather the simple statements of life lived at the crux.

About Augies Quest:
Augustine (Augie) Nieto, a prominent leader in the nation’s fitness industry for nearly three decades, received a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in March 2005. Augie, 50, is approaching his role as co-chairperson of MDA’s ALS division with the same ironclad will and determination that catapulted him to entrepreneurial heights in the fitness world.

MDA Involvement and Augie’s Quest

The Nietos work closely with MDA staff to coordinate fundraising events that will benefit MDA’s worldwide ALS research program. In his campaign called “Augie’s Quest”, Nieto has raised millions for MDA’s ALS Division.

Augie also serves MDA as a national vice president. As co-chairs of the ALS Division, the Nietos help raise awareness through public appearances, speaking engagements, media interviews, and public service announcements.

“We’re thrilled and honored to be working with the MDA. We’re going to help put a face on this disease and raise money for research in a fast-track format.”

About What Kind of World Do You Want.com
WhatKindOfWorldDoYouWant.com is the first video community that gives back! We are all connected to one another through our actions. Each person has the ability to make a difference. This is one of the messages of the Five For Fighting video "World."

Tell the world what kind of world you want and raise money for charity by making and uploading a video of yourself, your friends or your family--whomever and whatever--answering the question, "What Kind Of World Do You Want?"

Or, you can raise money for charities that John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting has personally selected. Watch any clip on this site and money will go to the charity listed with that video. Please visit WhatKindOfWorldDoYouWant.com for the updated list of charities and contributions per views.


About The ALS Association of Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the ALS Association is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of leading members of our local community. We are the only organization dedicated solely to fighting ALS. The Greater Los Angeles chapter provides services to persons with ALS and their families through a network of professional staff and highly trained volunteers. Contact the ALS Association of Greater Los Angeles.

"It is the mission of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association to provide meaningful assistance for persons with ALS, their families, caregivers and health care professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area." (Rev. 2003)

There are many ways to help and I have found each one of them to be rewarding.

  • Click on the video (to the left) and watch Lowen & Navarro's, Learning to Fall. Each view will warm your heart and raise $1 for ALS Research through Augie's Quest.
  • Attend events to raise money, like walks or sporting events
  • Donate your time once a week or month to help patients with shopping, cooking or even paperwork.
  • Prepare meals for families (obviously, we have the most fun with this one. We like to prepare either big pot meals)
  • Plan or host events

Every year for the past 4 years, our resolution has been to help those with ALS. We've walked, we've sung (I think I am a much better walker than a singer), we've cooked, we've planned, we've donated and have hosted events. And while the words look like a lot, it really isn't: I wish I could do more.

Each time we have participated a hearty thank you was given to us -- but how can I receive thanks for something that has brought me so much joy? I don't know if I have the ability to communicate how participating in these events has changed my life.

In our lives we share our hearts with our families and friends (and I do heart my customers) but when is the last time that you could say you felt love for a complete stranger. I mean real love... real emotion for someone you don't even know?

Just over a year ago, David and I were invited to be a part of the ALS Choir. It was that day that I believe my heart was opened.

My friend Eric has joked with me when I have donated money -- Janis, that's a lot of BBQ Sauce. Yeah, it is. But making a million dollars (trust me, I haven't) was never my goal in starting d'Oni. My goal was and remains to see if I could. Since realizing I could -- why not see what else a small gourmet sauce company and its valued consumers could do?

If you are going to raise your voice, make it worthwhile. ~ Janis