A New Category for the Blog

Author: Rick Dunetz
April 6, 2008

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Rick Dunetz

Executive Director at The Side-Out Foundation
Rick Dunetz is the founder and executive director of The Side-Out foundation. His passion for volleyball and his role as a coach led him to create the Foundation in honor of his mother, Gloria, who lived with breast cancer for six years.

Rick has coached volleyball in his local community for 15 years. Currently, he is the head coach of the Oakton girls freshman volleyball team and assistant coach for the girls varsity volleyball team in Vienna, Virginia.
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We have added a new section to our blog called “Rick’s Coaching Tips”.  This section will give friends and family of cancer fighters helpful tips to help them “Coach” their loved ones through the various difficulties that a cancer fighter must endure.

What happened in 2004 was nothing short of miraculous.  A single volleyball match may have saved my mothers life.  But what many people do not know is that it took almost a month of phone conversations and visits to even get my mom out of the house.  The volleyball match may have motivated my mom to fight, but she was not even close to that mindset prior to that event.  She was ready to pack it in, give up, NOT FIGHT!

Hopefully we can give you some insight into the things we, the “circle of love”, must do on a day to day basis to keep our loved one in the right frame of mind.  The mind is a very powerful thing…you would be amazed at what it can do.  Even cure a deadly disease.

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