The ALS Association Chicago office is right across the street

As you may or may not know, my dad passed from ALS in March.  I was there.  In fact, my siblings were all there that day, which was interesting since it was the first time we were all together since Christmas.  I kept thinking to myself that day, this all seems too perfect.  And, well, sadly, it was.  But I’m glad we all got to spend time with him that day.  I miss him very much but I’m glad he’s no longer suffering.  I was going back and thinking about all the things that have happened this past year or so.  I’ve also just been thinking about ALS, in general.

For those of you who don’t know, ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or Lou Gherig’s disease, is a devastating disease that progressively takes away the ability to use your muscles. You lose your ability to walk, use your arms and ultimately breathe. It’s a death sentence.  I’ve watched my Grandpa (when I was 5) and my dad now go through it.  It’s not typically genetic, but is in a small percentage of cases.  My Grandpa’s brother also passed from the disease.  My dad’s sister also passed from the disease, this same year, months before my dad.  I was glad I had the chance to drive him to the funeral, despite how sad it was.

ALS has been around for a while, and there is still no cure.  It was first found in 1869, it came to national prominence in the US when Lou Gherig was diagnosed in 1939, and again during the ice bucket challenge around the summer of 2014.  About 6,000 American are diagnosed every year, which is why it doesn’t get the coverage of other diseases, but if you or a loved one have been through it, you understand just how horrible it is.  It was also featured in the documentary Gleason, about former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason who was diagnosed who was diagnosed in 2011.  Another strange note: I saw this movie at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 just a couple months before my dad was diagnosed.  I was the only one from my group who made it to that screening.  It actually helped prepare me for what I would go through with my dad just a few months later.

There has been progression in treatment and medication, but no cure, after all this time.  I realize there are plenty of things to spend your money on.  Plenty of charities out there.  But if you’ve seen what ALS can do to a loved one, I urge you to join the cause.  It’s devastating.  I was devastated, and still am.  But as a good friend of my dad’s told me at his funeral, “one foot after the other.”  I had no doubt that’s what I would do, because I’m my dad’s son.

Oh, by the way, I moved to Chicago because I had an opportunity to do so in December, which also allowed me to be 3 hours from my dad which I used to my advantage to see him a lot over the past year and help as much as I could.  He never got to see the place, unfortunately, but as I picked up some of his stuff and drove it up to my place in his van for 24 hours the week of his funeral to recharge and pick up my suit, I felt he was with me.  I felt he finally saw the place.  Months after I moved in, and after my dad passed, I looked up the ALS Association Chicago who I had exchanged some emails with as I signed up for the Walk to Defeat ALS.  I was shocked to find out that their office was literally right across the street from my building.  What are the chances, right?

Use Charity Miles to raise money for ALS, other charities

I ran some miles today using Charity Miles to raise money for the The ALS Association as sponsored by Johnson & Johnson (today). I encourage you to do the same for The ALS Association, or another charity. All you have to do is turn it on, select a charity, create a profile and select walk, run or bike. (Note: I haven’t read the fine print. I don’t know how much actually goes to the charity, but I’m going to be doing these things anyway, so I’m running with it.) Also, use smile.amazon.com. Also, Happy Sunday, enjoy life and God bless.

Next Starts Now: SuiteWorld17 Executive Keynote feat. Jim McGeever

Here’s the NetSuite SuiteWorld17 Opening Keynote with Jim McGeever. It also features some insights into the acquisition and plan for NetSuite moving forward from Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. As a Certified NetSuite ERP Consultant, I’m excited about continued growth of NetSuite, and what Oracle can provide in fostering that growth. Personally, as in line with everything you see below, I consider it an exciting time to be a part of NetSuite as an employee, partner or customer.

Although, I’ll be honest. I think NetSuite/Oracle really missed a great opportunity to have one of their own PS Consultants rap in the opening.

You can watch other SuiteWorld17 videos here, courtesy of the SuiteWorld17 playlist on NetSuite’s YouTube channel.

HR Note: Any NetSuite posts from me are from a completely evangelical perspective and offer no internal insight or IP risk.

Golfweek honors my Dad

My dad, Mark Laesch, is battling ALS.  He was diagnosed earlier this year.  Golfweek captured, very well, how his positive attitude, determination and faith have driven him through this tough battle.  I’ve witnessed it first hand, and it has been incredible. I’m very proud of my dad. I’m very proud of everything his done with Golfstat and everything he has done in life. He has always been a man that does not cut corners. He does things right and he works hard.  He lives by a strong moral code, guided by his faith and upbringing. I am and will always be very proud to call him my dad.

Please check out Golfweek‘s article below. Can’t thank Golfweek enough for putting this together:

Golfstat founder Mark Laesch stays positive as his time runs out

Mark Laesch

Oracle deal to acquire NetSuite is going through

It finally went through. Oracle is set to complete the $9.3 billion deal to buy NetSuite.  Here we go.

Some other articles about the acquisition:

 

 

The 2016 Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions

The 2016 Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. Absolutely incredible. I was able to watch the Game 5 win from Wrigleyville and watch Games 6 & 7 with my Dad in Indianapolis. My Dad and I are both White Sox fans but it doesn’t matter.  It played out perfectly.  Couldn’t ask for anything more. Incredible.

You’re not supposed to be here

You’re not supposed to be here, but you are. This new Nike Basketball commercial featuring Lebron to kick off the 2016-2017 NBA season is really well done.  Dare I say, it even left me sentimental, and almost with a tear in my eye, as I reminisced over my own high school basketball career (career is a loose term) and a time I came out of nowhere to block a shot, pinning it against the glass in a summer league game.  The stakes weren’t quite as high, but this took me back there. Great commercial.

Make the most of every day. Life is a gift.  Be in the moment. Stay hungry. Stay humble. Keep working.  Believe.

My brother’s film won ‘Best Feature Film’ in DITR Film Festival

Funny Fat Guy

A film that my brother acts in, Funny Fat Guy, won the Best Feature Film Award at the 2016 Diamond in the Rough Film Festival at Bluelight Cinemas in Cupertino, California last month.

Really proud of my brother, Jordan Laesch, for grinding it out in Hollywood, not giving up and chipping away–especially through a lot of adversity. I was really excited to hear this news.

Check out my brother’s reel on Vimeo here.

Check out my brother’s IMDB page here.

Check out the Diamond in the Rough Film Festival here.

Check out the trailer for Funny Fat Guy here: