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September 10, 2010

Cages For A Cause


There’s a big fight this weekend in Kansas City. It’s called Cage Fight for a Cause: Tribute to America’s Heroes. The event is a chance for fighters to tangle and raise money for the families of the victims of September 11.  Laura Marcusse will be there as a competitor. Laura is one of the few women who compete in this brutal sport. And this weekend, Laura will be in the cage for her very  first mixed martial arts fight in front of an arena crowd.. By day Laura markets high end jewelry, but by night she has become addicted to this rough and tumble sport. She joins Dick Gordon to talk about her curious addiction to mixed martial arts.


Sally and Don Goodrich channeled their grief over losing their son Peter on 9/11 in to providing education for Afghan girls.  At the suggestion of a US soldier who was a friend of their son’s, the family memorial foundation built a school for Afghan children in the village of Logar. They have since brought several children to the U.S. to study. We first talked with Sally and Soraya in 2007. Since then, Sally and Don have continued their efforts, even as the war in that country is intensifying.

  • Find out more about Don and Sally's foundation.


When Lucas Schaefer was a student at Duke University a report came out that named Duke as one of the most homophobic schools in America. Lucas, who had himself come out on the campus, didn't feel that this was true but was worried about the perception becoming a reality.  He had 500 t-shirts printed that said “Gay? Fine by me." and then started handing them out on campus. Six years later, over 100,000 of these shirts have been given out at colleges and high schools across the country.

  • Learn more about the "Gay? Fine by me." t-shirt project
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