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Beckett’s Battle Update Standard

Mildred Ryba, from the CME Group, and her family could be celebrating the fact that their son Beckett hit the five-year mark since he was diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor in May 2016.  However, that traditional milestone that many cancer patients observe, is not so for the Ryba family.  Instead they are fighting through six-year-old, Beckett’s third chemo treatment after a harrowing, near-death hospitalization the entire month of December 2015.  Beckett has the best neurosurgeon’s at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL and still they were stumped.  The immediate solution was to continue having brain surgeries until they could…

Dave Setters Launches A New Effort on MND (aka ALS) Standard

A new London-based group is being set up to encourage financial market participants to raise funds for, and awareness of, the pernicious effects of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) also known as ALS in North America. The City against MND Network is being promoted by Contango Markets consultant and former FOW Managing Director, David Setters, who was diagnosed with a slowly progressive version of the disease in 2012. He is working with the MND Association and others working in and around the City of London. MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It kills…

A Most Interesting Charity Challenge Without Cold Water Standard

I have a challenge for the readers of the John Lothian Newsletter that does not involve cold water, but does include a donation to the Futures For Kids charity. The week before the FIA Boca Raton International Conference news broke that Dos Equis spokesman Jonathan Goldsmith, known as “The Most Interesting Man in the World” was being replaced by the beer maker with a younger replacement. In fact, Goldsmiths character is being sent to Mars. You could be the next MIMITW. Here is the plan. You need to shoot and share with us an audition video for the part. You…

“You Can Close your Eyes” – an Appeal from Mark Spanbroek Standard

“You Can Close Your Eyes”  James Taylor So close your eyes;You can close your eyes, it’s all right.I don’t know no love songs,And I can’t sing the blues any more.But I can sing this song,And you can sing this songWhen I’m gone. Dear friends, Most of you know what this message is about. October is the month for breast cancer awareness and to raise money for its research. I am walking again this year for A Sisters Hope during the first weekend in October, for the 9th time, to support this much needed research. Over the last 8 years I…

Cycling for Autism Research Standard

Bryan Harkins, executive vice president and head of U.S. markets at BATS, is an avid cyclist and athlete. He and his wife Melissa co-founded Wall Street Rides FAR, a charity that benefits autism research. It has garnered several sponsors from the financial industry, including BATS, ITG, TradeBot, Citadel, Goldman Sachs, and several others. This year the ride takes place in Purchase, NY on October 10. Riders have a choice of three scenic routes through fall foliage – 14, 35 and 62 miles, and families are encouraged to participate. To read more about the organization, as well as to register or…

Beckett’s Battle, Year 3 Standard

Beckett Ryba, the son of the CME Group’s Mildred Ryba, has been battling a suprasellar astrocytoma, a benign but dangerous pediatric brain tumor, since he was 13 months old. For the past three years, Beckett has also helped to raise funds for Run for Gus, a a 5K run/1 mile walk in support of the oncology and neurosurgery clinics at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where he is being treated. Many of you have contributed in the past, helping to make his team number one in fundraising. This year’s walk takes place on July 23….

Margie Teller Chairman of Friends For The Cure – Cirque For The Cure this Saturday Standard

John: As an avid reader of your newsletter, I thought this might interest many of your readers who may remember MGI – Margie Teller from the Back Month Pit in the Eurodollars at the CME. She along with her friends from the industry have been a part of Friends For The Cure raising over $2.4 million, for finding a Cure for Diabetes. Friends for the Cure’s focus is to raise as many research dollars as possible to fund outstanding clinical and bench research happening in our own backyard, and all donations will go directly to funding University of Chicago Kovler…

Kilting for Quid; Kilting for Kids Standard

Simon Puleston Jones, CEO of FIA Europe – In Pursuit of Happiness JohnLothianNews.com “Try to find someone who does things right that you really aspire to be over the course of your career.” Simon Puleston Jones, CEO of FIA Europe, gives advice for balancing personal life with career life. Jones begins his presentation with an acronym for “DREAM”, discussing how happiness and achieving your goals is related to Diligence and drive, Relationships and recruitment, Education and ethics, Adjustments and appreciation, and Mistakes and mentors. He stresses that your career should be something you truly enjoying waking up for and how…

The Trombone Player Who Cares Standard

I am used to getting teary eyed when talking about serious subjects in front of large audiences. I am not used to seeing Walt Lukken, the FIA President & CEO, get that way. However, as he closed his comments at the FIA Americas Operations Washington Update at the Union League Club of Chicago May 5, Walt became noticeably emotionally impacted by the subject he was talking about. Walt was talking about Kim Taylor and her very public campaign to take on colon cancer as she battles that disease. Walt had told us about three things industry associations do, they are…