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Hilary Newsom: What Breast Cancer Awareness Means to Me

The PlumpJack Group is part of a variety of philanthropic causes – we proudly continue to give to communities in need and those less fortunate. Much of our philanthropic contributions are driven by our President Hilary Newsom’s passion in raising awareness around cancer prevention and education. Our annual PlumpJack/LINK golf tournament, in honor of Hilary’s mother Tessa Newsom, benefits the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) and has raised more than $3 million dollars.

How has your life been affected by breast cancer on a personal level?
I lost my mom, who was my best friend, to breast cancer. This was after loosing several other beloved family members to other types of cancers. I was devastated and promised my mother she would never be forgotten.

How are you involved with Breast Cancer Awareness month?
For me, there is no real breast cancer awareness month, it is ongoing, everyday that I want to bring awareness to this terrible disease. I am grateful; however, I think it’s important that there is a month that highlights awareness and the importance of raising funds and looking after your breast health.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment, in your efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer?
I hope that I am just getting started. I am very proud of the PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic that my husband Geoff Callan and I started more than 15 years ago. The continued success of the event is owed entirely to our friends, family and co-workers who make it possible every year. We have raised more than $3.3 million dollars for the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), where I have held a board seat for the last 16 years.

What is your favorite philanthropic effort that PlumpJack supports?
The Golf Tournament stands out because it is such a big undertaking; however, our organization is giving back to the community throughout the year, for which I am grateful.

What, in your mind, contributes to your success in fundraising?
Three words, generosity of friends!

What do you see as your main obstacles in fulfilling your mission? 

There are so many important and wonderful causes out there. I am passionate about many, but I try and stay true to my commitment to the select few I have identified as making a huge impact on people’s lives. I don’t expect everyone to have the same passions as me, but of course I like to encourage them to…

What philanthropic organizations do you admire for their work?
Anyone willing to give their time to making the world a better place is someone that I admire. There are too many to name, but it starts with the lemonade stand on the corner of your street, teaching the next generation that earning money to share with others can change the course of someone’s life. Wow, how empowering is that!

Conversations with Hilary: Marshawn Lynch, Star Running Back, Seattle Seahawks

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Marshawn Lynch celebrates with Hilary and Geoff at last year’s 13th Annual PlumpJack LINK Golf Tournament

This is my sixth submission for Conversations with Hilary. I am so grateful to all of my friends who have agreed to participate in such a fun journey. Not only have I had the chance to learn some interesting things about these people, but I have been able to share with our growing blog audience.

I am honored that Marshawn and the many others (Lori Puccinelli, Ken Fulk, Andy Wirth, Lee Woodruff) have been part of Conversations with Hilary. And thank you to all of our readers who give positive feedback and leave comments that I get to read.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Making  it to 18 years old, considering I had a lot of people tell me I would not make it –they said I would either be dead or in jail.

Do you have a prized possession?
I have a little league football tape from my second year when I played Pop Warner football that my grandfather just gave me.

What do you love about yourself? What do you think others love about you?
I can adapt  to any situation.  Other people love my personality – (Hilary: “I can vouch for that, Marshawn is very FUNNY!”)

If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?
I would be the biggest CEO of a non-profit organization that helps inner city kids around the world.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I say a little prayer to myself : “Thanks for giving me another opportunity at Life”

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
I love to go to a little kick-back spot and shoot some pool.

Mashawn_playingWhat do you like most about what you do for a career?
Besides Sundays, and occasional Monday and Thursday’s for that matter, it’s the different people I get to meet.

What were you passionate about when you were a kid?
I was not always passionate about football – more than anything it was being able to got outside and hang out with my friends.

What are you passionate about now?
My organization, Fam 1st Family Foundation, and seeing how many kids I can help steer in the right direction – same thing as when I was as a kid.

If you were a cocktail or drink, what would it be?
I would be a Petrenessy – Hennesy and Patrone.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
My iPod full of my favorite music, my 415 speakers, and spaghetti with meat sauce and black olives.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I would rob the rich and give to the poor.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
The Town by GQ

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Martin Luther King Jr.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Ice City Day and Night

Do you have any regrets?
Hell NO!! Everything I have been through in my life has made me into who I am today.

Define Freedom.
Freedom is a mind-set, not being trapped in any system.

What are your personal core values?
Live the life that you choose to live because you can only live for yourself – somebody else cannot live your life.

Bonus Marshawn Question – What would say to your 9 year old self?
Take more chances.