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I hope you will join me on Friday, March 15 for a very important cause that is near and dear to me. I am hosting an Atlanta Hawks game PSP fundraiser to raise money to help find a cure for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

My mom was diagnosed with PSP two years ago. It is a neurodegenerative brain disease that has no known cause, treatment or cure. It affects nerve cells that control walking, balance, mobility, vision, speech, and swallowing. In an attempt to find a cure and raise awareness for this horrible disease I created my own non-profit foundation this year called Miracle for Mom.

If you are able to attend please purchase your ticket by going to www.miracleformom.com. 100% of the profit from those ticket sales will go to Cure PSP. Check out the special ticket packages below.


SLAM DUNK TICKET PACKAGE – $75

(Limited Quantity Available) Get the ultimate Hawks experience! In addition to a reserve seat, the “Slam Dunk” Ticket gives you access to the PLAYERS TUNNEL where you can see all your favorite Hawks up close. Even better, you will be granted entry to the pre-game SHOOT AROUND. At $75, you can’t beat this opportunity!


SHOOT AROUND TICKET PACKAGE – $60

(Limited Quantity Available) In addition to a reserve seat, the “Shoot Around” Ticket allows you to attend the SHOOT AROUND and get an exclusive look at how the Hawks warm up before a big game.


RESERVE SEATS – $35

Join us for exciting basketball and support a great cause.

 

A Miracle for Mom

I hope you all are doing well.  I wanted to let you know that I will be hosting a charity dine out night next month and would greatly appreciate your support.

The event will help raise money for a rare brain disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, also known as PSP.  My mom was diagnosed with it two years ago and is currently battling the horrible effects of the disease.  It is a neurodegenerative brain disease that has no known cause, treatment or cure. It affects nerve cells that control walking, balance, mobility, vision, speech, and swallowing. 

In an attempt to raise awareness about the disease, which is often misdiagnosed, and to raise money for a cure I have organized a Cure PSP Dine Out for Tuesday, September 25 at South City Kitchen in the Vinings.  If more than 50 people will join me for dinner, the restaurant will kindly donate 20% of their total sales that evening to finding a cure.

I’m sure some of you have seen my Facebook invitation by now and I sincerely appreciate those of you that have already shown your support!   https://www.facebook.com/events/372136119525144/

If you are able to attend please make a reservation with the restaurant now by calling (770) 435-0700 and let them know you are dining out for a cure!  For more information on PSP or to make a donation, go to www.curepsp.org

 

Daddy’s Girl

I have been blessed yet again, this time with a beautiful baby girl.  My wife and I welcomed our daughter Taylor Murphy into the world on January 26, 2012.  Since then she has given us a lot to smile about.  She is happy, easy-going and so sweet.   

Taylor is our second child and a little sister to our son Merritt who is a year and a half.  Our son absolutely loves being the big brother and is just 18 months older than our daughter.  I know they are going to have so much fun growing up together.

I have always loved children, but having your own is such a blessing.  My children have enriched my life by providing constant joy and entertainment every day. 

I am trying to cherish every second of every day because I know how much of a gift my son and daddy’s girl are in my life. 

 

It’s a Girl

It's a Girl

It's a Girl

I have so much to be thankful for in my life.  My wife and I found out that we are going to be having a baby girl in January.  This will be our second child and if you’re a parent you know how much of a blessing it is to have children. 

Our son is 15 months old and has been such a joy.  He’s walking and talking and soaking up life.  I can honestly say there is nothing greater than being a parent.  I look forward to having a daughter and taking care of daddy’s little girl. 

Life is good, God is good and I wish only the best for you and your family!

Do you take the time to check expiration dates on food items in the grocery store?  If not, you’re not alone.  I went undercover and found two grocery stores in two weeks in metro Atlanta that had several out of date food items on the shelves.  It’s obvious to me that some grocery store managers aren’t checking the dates.

I found out-of-date eggs, cheese and meat at The IGA Foods in Atlanta at 2746 Clairmont Road.  The store was cited by the state after inspectors found about 130 outdated food items in the store.

This week, I investigated a tip that an Ingles grocery store was selling expired food.  The store is located at 4815 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain.  My investigation found out-of-date milk, eggs, cereal, flour and yogurt.  Eggs were dated June 3, cereal was dated April 8 and flour was dated Dec. 2 of last year.
 

Outdated Food Items

I questioned both store managers and they had very little to say about it.  If you spot expired food out there, let me know so I can investigate.  In the meantime, start checking those expiration dates to keep you and your family safe.

Illegal Tire Dumps

Illegal Tire Dump

Illegal Tire Dump

I’ve spent a lot of time lately working on a series of reports about the thousands of illegally dumped tires in metro Atlanta.  Old tires are creating a real eyesore around the city and I believe something needs to be done about it.  I’ve made it my mission to expose some of these dump sites in hopes that something will be done to eliminate the problem. 

In the process of working on these stories, I’ve learned that there are more than 4 million illegally dumped tires in the state and lawmakers stopped funding the clean up of these illegal dump sites about three years ago.  Even more troubling, you pay a $1 fee for every new tire you buy in the state and the money was initially designed to be used to clean up illegal tire dumps.  However, lawmakers used the money out of a general fund during the past two years to address our state’s budget deficit.  I’ve been asking lawmakers the tough questions about it since the $1 tire fee generates more than $6 million dollars a year that could be helping to clean up these eyesores.  State lawmakers told me they are planning on introducing legislation this year that would designate the tire fee funding to be used only for clean up purposes.

I can only hope that our state leaders will do the right thing to make our city a better place for people to live.  Atlanta’s a great city.  Let’s make it environmentally friendly and attractive to visitors!

Proud Papa

My son Merritt was dressed for success even at one month

Life is good today!  My wife and I welcomed our first child into this world three months ago and I’ve been a proud papa ever since.  Our son Merritt Murphy was born on June 25, 2010 weighing 6 lbs 6 oz.  He’s put on a few p0unds since then and now he’s weighing in at about 13 lbs.  Having a child has been the greatest experience of my life.  If you’re a parent you know what I’m talking about. 

Merritt is now smiling, cooing and laughing which is so wonderful.   My wife and I are trying to cherish every moment because every one tells us how fast children grow up.  That said, I am looking forward to every stage of Merritt’s life and I hope to be the best parent in the world.  I can honestly say life is good today! 

Merritt Murphy enjoying life

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