LEGENDARY MARVEL COMICS ARTIST JOHN ROMITA, JR. ATTEMPTS TO BREAK GUINNESS WORLD RECORD.
Longest Personal Signing & Drawing Appearance Record Attempt to Raise Funds for Heroes For Jordan/ Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.
Presented by Marvel, Comic Oasis, Desert Wind Comics, UA Showcase 8.
Hosted by Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip.
-WHAT: Press Conference Guinness World Record Attempt"Longest Personal Signing & Drawing Appearance". Current record of 48 continuous hours set in 2002 by John Romita, Jr.
-WHO: John Romita, Jr. (Legendary Marvel Comics Artist for over 35 years).
Press Conference Appearance by: Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend and CO-Creator of some of Marvel's most recognizable characters including The Avengers, Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Thor)
-WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 20124:30 p.m. - Press check-in5:00 p.m. - Press Conference
Friday, May 4, 201212 noon - World Record Attempt Begins.
-WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe. 3771 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas Strip in the Showcase Mall.
-DETAILS: John Romita, Jr. Attempts to Break His Guinness World Record of Longest Personal Signing & Drawing Appearance during opening weekend of Marvel's The Avengers motion picture.
To secure Jordan's (Heroes For Jordan) lifetime medical and persona lneeds and assist other children suffering from cancer and life-threatening diseases, John Romita, Jr. has teamed with the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada to raise much needed funds for Jordan and for other children diagnosed with cancer. 10 years after he set the original record, John Romita, Jr., will attempt to break his own world record with 50 hours of longest personal signing & drawing appearance.
The public is invited to attend the World Record Attempt and encouraged to make a contribution to the Heroes For Jordan/Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. Marvel character sketches and autographs by John Romita, Jr. will be available for specified donations on a first-come, first-served basis.
-About Heroes for Jordan. Jordan Alyssa Atherton was born on Sept 17, 1999. Two months after her second birthday, Jordan started complaining that her head hurt and she was having trouble with her balance. Just a few days after Thanksgiving 2001, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Following surgery she was considered a high risk case because she was younger than three years old and because the cancer had metastasized down her spinal column. At the time, doctors told her parents that this greatly reduced her long term chance of survival and thatshe had a 30% chance to survive five years, and less than 5% chance of long-term survival.
As a fundraising event to help offset her medical expenses, Jordan's uncle,famed Marvel Comics artist John Romita, Jr., attempted to set the world's record for Longest Personal Signing & Drawing Appearance. In New York City, on May 11, 2002, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, John Romita, Jr. set the world's record for Longest Personal Signing & Drawing Appearance at 48 hours and raised money for Jordan's Special Needs Trust to help cover Baby Jordan's medical expenses.
Jordan is now 12 years-old and a sixth grader, and, although free of cancer, continues to require special attention. As a result of surgery, chemo, and radiation, Jordan has a number of permanent negative side effects. She will require specialized instruction throughout her life as well as constant care.
While Jordan's future, both medically and cognitively, is uncertain, today she is a loving, caring young lady who's a big sister to a 9 year-old brother and 5 year-old sister. She loves all animals (except bugs!) and she loves to watch the Food Network. She loves fancy cars, dressing up and being pampered. Basically, she's a wonderful boisterous child who was dealt a very difficult hand and does the best with what she's been given in life.
For more information visit www.heroesforjordan.org.
-About Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada (CCCFN) is a nonprofit agency that provides support and services for families of children diagnosed with cancer. Children from birth to 21 years of age who have been diagnosed with cancer or who have survived cancer are eligible for services if they are living or being treated in Nevada. CCCFN serves approximately 100 families monthly, and as many as 600 families throughout the year. Candlelighters maintains a full-time office with professional staff available at all times for family support.
CCCFN alleviates the isolation many families feel at the time their childis diagnosed, offers love, care, encouragement, and understanding so that nobody need face alone the uncertain world of childhood cancer. Recognizing the various needs of individuals and families, CCCFN offers support and service to every family, without regard to economics, race, religion, and choice of physician(s) or health care facilities. All programs and services are given at no cost to the families. Donors have the satisfaction of knowing their support and contributions are directly helping Nevada families.
Media is encouraged to attend the press conference and invited to cover the World Record Attempt throughout the weekend. Select interviews with JohnRomita, Jr. are available.
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