Spring time with the girls

We haven’t shared any photos recently of the girls, here are a few cute ones, plus a video of Angelica’s favorite activity, going to the park and playing on the playground.

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January 2013 – Go Niners!

Angelica reading to Marisa who is now getting close to sitting up by herself.

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The girls are excited for the Niners going to the Super Bowl!

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And Angelica is very proud of her jumping ability, she practiced for quite awhile

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Thank You for Your Support!

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” -John Bingham

Thank you everyone for your support of me running the marathon and for contributing to the UCSF Children’s Hospital. A total of 33 people contributed raising over $2,000 for the hospital, WOW! and as reported to me I do not think that includes the company matching, which could more than double it.

The marathon went relatively well, for my first. I was feeling really strong at the mid-point and was right on target for my hopeful completion time. However, around mile 16 I started getting cramps in my left leg which made the last miles tough. A lot of stretching it out, walking and slowing down a bunch. I still pushed through and finished with a 4hr 25min 37sec time, I was hoping for under 4 hours.

All in all, I’m happy for completing my first, but now I want to run a clean race to see how I do.

Special thanks to Bill Bangs and our BabyCenter Running Club, tentatively titled Baby Steps. Also, a huge thanks goes to Danelle my wife who put up with all my hours training and offering an amazing amount of support, plus waiting an extra 30 minutes at the finish line.

Final Stats

Training ( 5 months)
Distance: 401.5 miles
Time: 59 hrs 49min 33sec
Pace: 8:56 min/mile
Marathon, July 31st
Distance: 26.2 miles
Time: 4 hrs 25min 37sec
Pace: 10:08

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” -John Bingham

Team Angelica – Raising money for UCSF Children’s Hospital

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I’m asking for you to give a little to UCSF Children’s Hospital for my daughter Angelica. Angelica was born with a congenital heart disorder and required open-heart surgery just five days after she was born. Thankfully, she was in the very capable hands of the doctors, nurses and staff at UCSF who took amazing care of her.

It was a difficult experience feeling completely helpless and knowing there was little we could do to help our girl. Raising money for the hospital is a small something we can do; a way to say Thank You and to make sure other children receive the care they need.

Angelica is now doing great and is expected for a complete recovery and a full life with no limitations. At 4-months old, she is a happy smiling baby who brings us such joy each day.

I am running in the San Francisco Marathon on July 31. I set the goal to complete my first marathon before I turn 40, which happens this year in August. Now I am also running the marathon for my daughter, which gives me the extra motivation I need to get out and train after waking up for 4am feedings.

So please sponsor me on my run, whatever contribution you can donate will be greatly appreciated by UCSF Children’s Hospital and all the babies they help each and every day. Thank you.

How to donate to UCSF

Go to: UCSF Donation

Choose the designation: Benioff Children’s Hospital

Select “This contribution is in honor of someone”
In Honor of: Angelica Kazmierczak

You may specify on the form to send a personalized e-mail, if you do please use my e-mail: marcus@mkaz.com.

Thanks again!

Posey Fan

For Jimbo, the Giants jersey shot. She’s a Posey fan, I was lobbying to name her Posey or Madison but my wife wouldn’t have it.

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A love letter to the medical field

Thank you to all the Doctors, Nurses, EMTs, Surgeons and all the men and women in the medical field, be it frontline hospital staff, administrators or manufacturers of medical equipment. Thank you!

Your professionalism, discipline to study for years, to jump in when someone is in need, to be calm in craziness, and giving support when needed is astounding. I am amazed by the sheer number of you who would do so much for people you don’t even know. Thank you!

My daughter’s birth was one such incident, she needed to be rushed to UCSF for heart surgery a few hours after her birth. The magnitude of so many people coming to help her blew me away. From every member of the transport team to the uncountable number of Doctors and Nurses. Each person’s level of professionalism and mastery of their craft is something that really impressed me. Everyone was so completely prepared and on-top of everything, each worked together as a team knowing their roles and responsibilities.

Additionally, not just the people but thank you to all the manufacturers and people behind the medical devices and machinery; from all the hyper specialized systems, respirators and monitors to the advanced medicines and tools. Everything needs to be so precise and reliable, the magnitude of machinery used and its proficiency amazed me.


Angelica hooked up to systems and monitors after surgery

I know the health care system isn’t perfect in America, but there are thousands of men and women out there everyday making a difference in people’s lives, that is what it is really all about.

It makes me proud to work for Johnson & Johnson, though my company BabyCenter has a small role in the medical field, the entire company is dedicated to providing the best health care tools, medicine and information it can deliver, and doing so for 125 years.




How you can help

Angelica’s First Words

We are so excited that Angelica has started “talking”. She really has been talking for quite awhile, she’s just now saying words that we can understand; at least the words we can understand, the meaning is still up for interpretation.

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