My Hopkins Kids Story


I was born on July 22nd, 1989 at a Baltimore area hospital. I was born with a cleft palate, cleft lip, and a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. My parents were referred to Hopkins because they could treat my heart condition much better than my birth hospital.

Upon arriving to Hopkins, they were told that I would have to have my cleft lip and palate repaired at three months old. They were also told that at six months old, I would have to have open heart surgery.  As you can imagine, they were devastated, but remained hopeful.

They’ve told me the open heart surgery day was the hardest day of their lives. Even though the team at Hopkins knew what they were doing, as parents you still fear the worst. My mom recalls not wanting to sign the pre-surgery release, in case I didn’t make it. My dad didn’t want to either, but someone had to.

Hours later, I emerged from surgery pink as can be. Due to my heart condition, I would go pale. Previously I even turned blue. If it weren’t for Hopkins, I wouldn’t be alive today. They provide so many life saving programs, and so much support for patients and family alike.

My ailments, even though scary, pale in comparison to some of the cases that walk through their door each year. Kids with cancer and other life threatening diseases need our support every single day. We’re SO lucky to have Hopkins here right in our backyards.

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Friz On Film: Oscar 2015 Predictions


It’s that time of year again. Who will take home the gold? And who may spoil the party? Check out my 2015 Oscar predictions below

Best Picture

“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
The Imitation Game”
“The Theory Of Everything”

Should Win: “Boyhood”/”Birdman”
Will win: “Boyhood”/”Birdman”
Spoiler: “American Sniper”

For once, there is suspense in this category. “Boyhood” won a lot of precursors, and so has “Birdman.” I think “Birdman” takes this. It is a movie about Hollywood..and they love giving this award to films about themselves. Think “The Artist” and “Argo” in recent years. I wouldn’t count out “Boyhood” either though. So essentially, something with a ‘B’ will win Best Picture.

Same argument above goes for Best Director.

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory Of Everything”

Should Win: Eddie Redmayne/Michael Keaton
Will Win: Eddie Redmayne/Michael Keaton
Spoiler: Bradley Cooper

Both actors have won precursors, but Redmayne shocked and won the all important SAG. Will the Academy give a “lifetime achievement” to Keaton? ::shrugs::

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory Of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Will Win: Julianne Moore
Should Win: Julianne Moore
Spoiler: Reese Witherspoon

Dear Marion, Rosamund, Felicity, and Reese..have fun at the after party. No one’s beating Julianne Moore this year.

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Robert DuVall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Will Win: J.K. Simmons
Should Win: J.K. Simmons
Spoiler: Edward Norton

Simmons has this in the bag. Could the “Birdman” love push Norton over the top? Nah. Probably not.

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into The Woods”

Will Win: Patricia Arquette
Should Win: Patricia Arquette
Spoiler: Emma Stone

Arquette should just wait on stage at this point. Could “Birdman” love sweep Emma Stone into the winners circle? Or out of the blue nominee Laura Dern pull a Marcia Gay Harden and win with no precursor support? If that were to happen, it would be one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history. I’m still saying Patricia Arquette wins.