Welcome to Our New Sponsor Kai

Welcome to Our New Sponsor Kai

We are so honored to announce Kai as our newest sponsor for 2019. The famed fragrance company will donate a portion of proceeds from sales in 2019 to the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. Kai has been a long-time supporter of JMMF, from the 2012 BeneFiesta to the upcoming 2019 BeneFiesta on May 18, 2019.

We look forward to an exciting and fragrant year with Kai and send them our love and appreciation.
https://kaifragrance.com

Coming Soon “Nancy Notes”

Coming Soon “Nancy Notes”

Next month, look for Nancy Notes, a new blog to be featured on the Jimmy Miller Foundation website, from JMMF Co-Founder and Jimmy’s mom, Nancy. She will share stories about Jimmy, the history of the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation and answer questions you may have about our work and our incredible JMMF Family. If you have something to share, this is the blog for you! We love all the memories! It’s been 15 years. It’s time.

Be Grateful & Fulfilled

Be Grateful & Fulfilled

Name 5 things you are grateful for right now, I will wait…
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How did that feel?
What did your body do?

I am willing to bet that whatever stresses or worries you had feel different now, if they are even present. That your body is more at ease, there may be a smile spread across your face and your jaw and shoulders are probably more relaxed. I am not one to believe that you can positively think your way through everything. Challenges will arise within and outside of you, you will experience, sadness, anger, stress and fear. Yet, what we pay attention to will grow. The happiest people I know live in gratitude and are able to express it: to themselves and to others. See and celebrate what you have and the wonderful gifts around you not what you think you should or do not have. Live a life of abundance, not poverty.

Be grateful and be fulfilled

Try this test, for one week keep a note pad next to your bed and when you rise write down five things you are grateful for. Make sure every day your list is different. See how the evolution of your day changes when you set a tone of gratitude. Keep it going as long as you can and watch how grateful you will feel about the smallest things, like the warmth of sunlight spreading through your room in the morning, or the feel of the fabric of your favorite T-shirt against your skin. Finding gratitude everywhere is easy, just practice and do…

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Dave Loeffler’s Unprecedented Swim For Ocean Therapy

Dave Loeffler’s Unprecedented Swim For Ocean Therapy

Hello All,

Mike Galloway and I just talked about weather forecasts and rescheduling our swim. Seems like the small windows of lighter winds are closing down and the winds are increasing through the end of September. There are a number of moving targets we are juggling to make this swim happen. First the weather, 2nd is rescheduling access with the Navy, and 3rd finding observers with open dates available. Instead of rushing into something that is not going to give us a good chance of success, we feel it’s best to take a deep breath and be patient.

Mike and I have agreed on a tentative date of October 6th and 7th, with a contingency extension of the 8th (Columbus day).

Dave Loeffler’s Unprecedented Swim For Ocean Therapy
Posted: 08 Sep 2018 05:19 AM PDT


Courtesy of Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, South Bay, California.

Jimmy Miller was a surfer, teacher, lifeguard, traveler, writer and a surfing ambassador and leader from Los Angeles, California.

In one of his columns for the Beach Reporter, he wrote, “There was great shorepound, as there always used to be, at Fourth Street in Manhattan. I rode my new Boogie Board. It was an evening that may have set the course for the rest of my life. As I waited outside the bodysurfers for a wave that broke a little further out, a glassy left loomed in.

I turned, kicked and started down the face. As soon as I was at the bottom the wave barreled. I was totally inside for the first time in my life, and without even trying, I saw water all around me.

In front of me was a blue hole, with light entering in a perfectly round opening. Time slowed down, and I heard a light Whoooo as the wave’s energy pushed wind out from behind me. Two, maybe three seconds later, I was out of the tube with my mouth agape. It took me a moment to realize what had happened because, at 7 years old, no one had told me that a tube ride was the ultimate feat in riding a wave.”

A 1991 graduate of the University of California Berkeley, he organized the Cal Surf Club. Then in 1998, he founded his own surf company, Pure Surfing Experience where taught surfing, produced local contests, and organized CampSurf, summer day camps in the city of Manhattan Beach as well as week-long camps all over the world.

He also served as a L.A. County lifeguard for 15 years, most of those years in Manhattan Beach where he worked for the Junior Lifeguard Program.

After his passing at the age of 35, his family and friends wanted to honor his legacy and the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation was formed.

The Foundation is dedicated to creating and providing activities and programs to help people with mental and emotional illness benefit from the therapeutic and healing powers of the ocean. Specifically, its focus on Ocean Therapy is to help people learn to love, heal and feel joy from the power of the ocean and the power of loving friends.

Ocean Therapy is an adaptive surfing program to assist individuals – from at-risk youth to wounded warriors – coping with mental and physical illness in accessing the ocean environment. Surfing has long since been a sport associated with freedom and independence and has the ability to support individuals with special needs in increasing their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Dave Loeffler is helping support the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation.

Loeffler, a former Navy SEAL who enlisted in 1985, is a disabled veteran who spent years in military zones throughout the world. On September 17th, he will attempt to swim 21 miles from LCI Point on San Clemente Island to China Point on Catalina Island in an unprecedented channel swim.

Sanctioned by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, Loeffler’s charity swim is to raise awareness of the sacrifices, challenges and triumphs of America’s disabled veterans.

Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of San Clemente Island as a military base, this swim has not been attempted before. He estimates the swim may take him 11 hours, but it could be as many as 15 with the low temperatures and dense population of Great White Sharks. “This is exactly why this swim provides a hearty challenge and drama to increase awareness of our cause to promote awareness for disabled veterans and help raise funds for those that are serving our veterans. I am a disabled vet and want to share my passion of feeling closest to nature and to God, when immersed in the world’s open waters.”

Loeffler chose the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation as the beneficiary of the fundraising because of its pioneering Ocean Therapy program that combines adaptive surf lessons and group therapy for those suffering from mental and physical effects of traumatic experiences. The Foundation conducts Ocean Therapy sessions with the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton, California and with veterans from all branches of the military in conjunction with the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital.

Called The Big Swim, Loeffler will depart King Harbor in Redondo Beach, California at 10 am on September 17th and head directly to San Clemente Island. Loeffler will start at 10 pm and will swim directly to Catalina Island with an anticipated arrival around 10 am on September 18th.

There will be a live feed during the swim. His progress can be tracked here.

For more information on The Big Swim, visit here. To donate, visit here.

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