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Scott Werny, ocean champion

February 17 2009 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

I work alongside some amazing people. At the top of the pyramid are activists, they are the people that give themselves (time, energy, money, resources, etc) to this cause. Honestly, it's hard to talk about one over another as they all bring something different to our mission.

For this post I want to point to one person, Scott Werny.

I met Scott a few years ago on Oahu. He seemed to pop up everywhere I was and each time he was working tirelessly to promote the protection and enjoyment of Oahu's coastlines and waves. We captured a bit of his story a year or so ago on this podcast. While I love the photo below, I've never actually seen Scott this close to taking time for himself and surfing. He is always working to secure that option for others. Still, I do love this photo as you can see him working the media. Look at the guy interviewing him... deep in thought, no doubt pondering the future for Hawai'i. Scott did that well... he'd softly plant a seed and then you'd find yourself circling back to it an hour after you left.

I write this post partially to honor Scott... and partially to ask for your help.

Scott Werny, former Oahu chapter co-chair, recent recipient of last weeks Wavemaker Award for Chapter Leadership was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

One thing I've learned by getting closer and closer to this organization's mission... at the heart of it are people. These people have lives, jobs, joys and fears... these people become something very close to what many of us would define as family.

So it's with this in mind that I share this news with you and ask you to consider supporting Parkinson's Disease research. The current co-chair of the Oahu chapter, Tim Tybuszewski, is competing an Ironman on Feb 28th in Scott's honor. You can learn more about that here.

You can make donations to Parkinson's Disease research here.

For our oceans, waves and beaches... and for our activists.
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