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Old 09-17-2002, 09:45 PM
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Good to hear he is doing well. We need him out soon to keep up on that kick ass web site that he has started!!! Get well buddy!!!

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Doug I have read your Medical procedure a Couple times and Wow!!

I pray everything is going well and will stop by the Shop one Day to offer congratulations in Person!

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An article off of H20 Performance:

Performance News

$10,000 for Doug Lewis puts Racer Charity Work at Top of Victory Lane


by Michelle May Schmidt

Corpus Christi, Texas - - Fans expecting to see millions of dollars of high tech race boats werenít disappointed as competitors from across the country headed to Corpus Christi for the Allen Samuels Chevrolet Powerboat Shootout!! Surprisingly enough, what most fans werenít aware of, is that the prize money barely covers the cost of fuel to get these rigs, boats and trailers to the show. Despite that, many teams dedicate whatever prize money they do get, to the charities that each race event supports.

Barkley Geib, organizer of the Worlds Largest Poker Run at Lake Lanier, Georgia stepped up to the plate this year and donated $5,000.00 to one of the Shootout!! Charities, Halo Flight. Although he was unable to attend this year as an Official Paceboat for the race, he sent his donation instead. "Winning doesnít end at the finish line, itís about all about the people you can help along the way," he said. He isnít alone in his thinking.

In addition to donating thousands of dollars to race charities from coast to coast, race teams also provide a smile and a ride for numbers of children who are less fortunate, either afflicted with a life threatening disease or suffering from neglect and abuse. One such "hometown hero" is powerboat-racing dentist, Dr. Gerardo Santiago from Naples, Florida, who, as part of his 2002 Child Smile America Tour, headed to Corpus Christi to give rides to the children from the Coastal Bend Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The event also marked his return to the offshore racing circuit, earning his first checkered flag of the season in his P4 -"Zero Cavity" raceboat.

Teamed up with Santiago for the rides were Brian Hollis, Louise Whitmore and Greg Sanders in their 38í Cigarette Top Gun "Powerboat Tours.com" who also added a checkered flag to their credit. Just ask Camden Naismith, the Texas state spokesperson for MDA, who along with Dad, James and brother John, were given a ride on the Powerboat Tours.com raceboat, while Mom, Andrea and sister, Sara, watched from shore. Camden, 9, was able to take the morning off from his studies at the Robert Wilson Elementary School to meet the teams. It also gave him the opportunity to take a break from his disease, diagnosed just two years ago.

"All he kept asking was when do we go," says his Mom, Andrea. "He likes speed and he wanted to go fast," she said. Camden did just that, even getting a chance to drive the boat. "I made a big circle," he said with a big smile, and itís just that smile that encourages the racers to keep on giving. "The real victory is on the water providing rides for the kids," said Hollis.

H20 Performance.com and the Offshore Racing Review also teamed up with Elaine Motl, Producer of the Allen Samuels Chevrolet Powerboat Shootout!! to raise funds for Doug Lewis of Professional Marine Racing, a rigger well known to the pit crews and teams as part of the Shockwave and In Contempt teams. Doug recently was diagnosed with a rare form of bone marrow cancer, Multiple Myeloma (MM), which strikes only 1% of those people that get cancer. While Lewis and his wife Leeann prepare for a transplant necessary for his survival in Seattle, Washington, their offshore family members donated Race Team Souvenirs for a raffle and auction that raised $10,000.00 for the Lewis Family.

"Your message blew Doug and I away. The generosity of people we know, let alone those we don't, will never cease to amaze us. I was told to expect a miracle on the fourth day and here it is! Thank you for your efforts in making it possible. We're very excited about a new treatment Doug is undergoing and we pray for the miracle of prolonged life with an excellent quality of life. The doctors are very encouraged by Doug's stamina, overall general good health and sense of humor. I believe it can happen. Thank you and thanks to all those wonderful people that contributed their time and money to help us. We will never forget this."

Although unable to attend the event, a generous contribution of $5,000.00 was made by Barkley Geib, organizer of the Worlds Largest Poker Run at Lanier Harbor Marina and Poker Run.com. A donation made by Poker Runs America, brought in over $2,400.00 in an auction bid by Brian Hollis and Louise Whitmore of Powerboat Tours.com and Tal Marine. A donation made by Powerboat Magazine brought in a bid of $1,700.00 from Slug Hefner of the Dirty Duck Racing Team. Additional monies came from prizes including a Tom Newby Photo Poster Photo Shot of the New York Super Boat Grand Prix in front of the World Trade Center Twin Towers; a Ride in the Zero Cavity Racing Bat Boat and a Reindl Powerboats Racing Day School. Team prizes were donated from Over The Edge Motorsports Offshore Racing Review, H20Performance.com, PokerRun.com, Zero Cavity Racing, Competitive EDGE Marine, Velocity Racing, Race Girl retail wear, Speedwear F2 Racing, UTZ Quality Foods SVL, Rick Bowling's Jelly Belly Gone Again, Snap-On Talk'n Tools F2, CK Motorsports - Cat Can Do, How Sweet It Is Too, American Racing Wheels, In M'Ocean Again, Critical Lift, ILMOR Racing Engines, Ft. Myers Offshore Gran Prix and the Bravo Shop. 2002 Race Program Books and one year subscriptions to Poker Runs America Magazine were also donated by Taylor Publishing Group.

"This race was a tribute to Jack Carmody, who was fatally injured in 2001. Jack was a Texan, a gentleman, and a fierce competitor with a heart of gold, who shared his kindness with many charities. What better way to keep his memory alive than to help one of our own," said Michelle May - Schmidt of H20 Performance, who headed up the project with partner Josh Stein. Special thanks go to Steve Schmidt, Pat Cross, Karen Benson and Rod Hall for their help with the raffle.

"We have legions of competitors who dedicate their time and money to helping others through racing and they should be applauded for the checkered flags they so generously bring to the hearts of those they help. There is no greater Victory Lane than that."
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Sharkey I was wondering how he was doing. That is a really great thing that the guys did for him at the races. Also equally worthy of note is what Dr. Santiagor and Brian Hollis are doing with the rides Good job guys. Sharkey keep us posted and hopefully he is still fighting as hard as ever to get better faster then anyone would imagine

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Jon, He has been running a little HOT. Fever that is... But that is to be expected with his immune system down so low. Whatever info I get on him I will keep you all posted. So far so good!!! Thanks to everyone for all the support. It really goes a long way...
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Sharkey,

Jennifer started the ball rolling a while ago with this web site. She continued to do so at the SBI race in NY by getting racers to auction off a poster for 3K. I think she deserves a lot of credit as does Kurt Burger for getting taking the lead with having racers donate thier winnings to Doug's cause. At all OPA races, money was raised to help Doug and his family. It's great to see that other race locations have taken up the cause as well.

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I totally agree RonP... I have been trying to stay on top of this as much as possible to keep spreading the word. The more the better. In fact, the page on my site was the starter page until Jennifer was able to get hers up and running. I was very happy to see her @ NY and raise the money with the poster. The event that took place after the Point race, I wasn't sure she was going to be able to keep up with her work after she had said she was having to sub some of it out. It was great to see her there with such great strength.
Ron, perhaps you have a contact to reach Kurt @ home. Doug & Leeanne would like to give him a call. If so, could you email it to them?
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