More About No-Shave November

             2017 Photo                                                                        2018 Photo

Thank god I look the same!!!


While you’re growing out your beard for the month, you’re likely to tell people about why you’re doing it. It’s a great conversation starter, and can really generate a huge conversation about cancer. It can get more people to make sure they’re getting regular checks for prostate cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, etc.


To properly participate in No Shave November, you should be donating the money that you aren’t spending on razors and shaving accessories to a cancer research organization, such as the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Don’t just participate in No Shave November to grow an awesome beard — make it worthwhile and donate the money you’re saving to cancer research!


There’s more to growing out your beard than just getting a new look. There’s actually health benefits, too! A beard is a natural toxin filter — it keeps things like pollen and dust from getting into your lungs, because they’re clinging to your beard instead.

It can also help prevent blemishes. Shaving gives you a risk of getting bacteria into your skin, especially if you’re not using proper methods. Growing out a beard can combat this.

November is when the weather really starts getting cold, and a beard can act like a scarf for your face and neck. It’s really the perfect time to stop shaving!

Lastly, a beard can help with sun protection. Obviously you will still need to apply sunscreen, because hair isn’t going to block out 100% of the sun’s UV rays, but it’s been proven that a beard can block up to 95% of them! What better way to support cancer awareness than actually practicing it?

No Shave November…

This is me on Day 7…

Can you believe it has been a year already? Can you tell this is me?  OK, it has only been a day! When I first started this, I thought it would be great not to shave for a month. Then as I went two weeks, I couldn’t wait for the time to end. I hated growing a beard…and that is why I do it!

Is there anything you hate…or dislike greatly? Cancer? Diabetes? Depression? Pain Managment? This is the time for you to do something about it!


This is when guys all across the country drop their razors for an entire month until December 1st rolls around. Some men view it as a competition to see who grows the best beard and others do it truly to support the cause.


At some point in the last couple of years you have probably heard of “no shave November”. The whole purpose of no shave November is not to let your beards grow crazy, but to raise awareness for different kinds of cancer including prostate cancer. The goal is to donate the money you normally would use to get a haircut or groom your facial hair to St. Jude or other cancer research charities.

This is a great tradition but the real no shave November meaning and significance often gets lost among all of the jokes, hashtags and hype created by the media. Many men don’t even realize why they do it. Some use it as an excuse to not shave for a whole month. Although the no shave November cause of cancer is a great cause to support, there are other alternative ways to show your support.


So, how did no shave November start? No Shave November started after a father in Chicago passed away from colon cancer. His 8 sons and daughters started this campaign in 2009 in honor of their father. Over 6 years this became a popular thing to do among many throughout the country.

There are a lot of things that people don’t tell you before you decide to participate in this official month of no shaving. From trends to setbacks and to just straight opinions. Even if you like facial hair on a guy, or as a guy it only goes to a certain point. No one likes beards or mustaches that look unkept. Many girls like a man with a well groomed beard, but if you happen to be one who doesn’t, chances are “No Shave November” is not your month.

Hello Gordon Viggiano,

Thank you for your donation to No-Shave November! Your generous gift helps support programs at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and Fight Colorectal Cancer. All four of these foundations are making great strides to fight, research, and find a cure for cancer, each in their own unique way.

For tax purposes, please keep this email as your receipt.

Donor: Gordon Viggiano
Organization: No Shave November (Tax ID #473673254)
Date: 11-06-2018
Amount: $100

Hairy November,
The No-Shave November Team

More Good News: Supplemental Health, DI & Long Term Care Conference

Dear Gordon & Jill Viggiano :

I want to thank you for the wonderful presentation you two did at our Supplemental Health, DI & Long Term Care conference. You were wonderfully inspiring!

Several people I spoke with thought that you were terrific. You reminded them of “why they do what they do”, which is wonderful because home office people sometimes get disconnected from the people who their products are designed to help.

You are a testament to “never giving up” and keeping the faith! Conference attendees were very appreciate of having a copy of Painful Blessing –which I highly recommended. Jill’s book journaling your recovery was a difficult and heartwarming story.

The feedback we gathered from our attendee survey was very positive too. We certainly hope to have you and Jill join us at another conference we host.



Stacey D. Quance | CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, ALMI, ACS
Sr. Associate Information Operations & Information Management | LIMRA | LOMA6190 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA, 30339
t: (770) 984-6448 |



Healthy Eating As We Get Older


A Senior’s Guide to Healthy Eating

By Brenda Snow

Healthy eating and understanding nutritional requirements are important at any age, but it can be especially important for seniors. Seniors have unique nutritional needs, but also specific dietary considerations that need to be accounted for when it comes to the foods they’re eating. As people age, their metabolism slows down, which means that for most older people they need fewer calories than they did when they were younger. It’s not just changes in metabolism that are important to understand when it comes the healthy eating for seniors, however.

As we age, our bodies change and considerations to keep in mind with senior nutritional needs can include the gastrointestinal system and dental conditions. There are also certain lifestyle elements for seniors that may play a role in their diet and nutrition.

If seniors aren’t eating a healthy, balanced diet, it can wreak havoc on their immune system, making them more susceptible to common illnesses like the flu, as well as more serious conditions. It can also lead to weight gain or weight loss, and seniors who aren’t eating a healthy diet may have reduced cognitive function and lower energy levels. It’s not uncommon for older people to experience malnutrition, in varying degrees, often because of eating too little, deficiencies in certain nutrients, or an imbalance in the diet. Even a mild level of malnutrition can lead to fatigue, lethargy, and a lack of interest in other areas of health and wellness.

For seniors who make healthy eating an essential part of their life, they’re more likely to enjoy a stronger immune system, better overall health, and a stronger quality of life.

To help seniors, their families and their caregivers ensure they’re making the right nutritional choices, I put together this guide. My goal with this guide is to help seniors live a fulfilling life, starting with a foundation of good nutrition. From the limitations that can cause seniors to have poor nutrition, to easy tips to incorporate healthy foods into your lifestyle or the lifestyle of your loved one, this guide has a lot of information that I hope will be valuable to you.

Another reference letter…

Another standing ovation…followed up with this letter:

Certified Financial Services

One of my colleagues on the west coast suggested I listen to Gordon and Jill Viggiano’s story. He heard them speak before more than 100 insurance advisors and guests. I watched their video and at that moment knew I had to have them speak to my company as well.

Ten years ago, Gordon suffered a massive stroke and he worked tireless hours to rehabilitate himself. Jill’s story is every bit as engaging. Being there every step of the way speaks volumes of her dedication and love for her husband.

As my company’s DIS (Disability Income Specialist) it was perfect timing for a meeting in May which was Disability Insurance Awareness Month. Their story was inspirational and entertaining at the same time. When Gordon would mention something on the lighter side, Jill was always laughing as if she heard it for the first time!

It was quite moving to hear firsthand why we do what we do. Thank you, Gordon and Jill for your moving story.

Melvyn N. Feinbloom, CLTC


Our Son Tom, gets commissioned…

When Tommy asked me to send a few pictures to be used in this ceremony, I immediately pulled out pictures of Tommy as a little boy—preschool, kindergarten—when he came home every day and put on his latest crimefighter outfit.  He took on many personas.  He was the red power ranger, he was buzz lightyear, he was a ninja, he was a knight, and of course superman and batman.







But the one that will always stand out in my mind is when he would come home, put on his batman costume, strap his knight sword onto his utility belt, tape down the ears on batman’s cowl, Velcro on his cape, put on his cowboy hat, and became Zorro.

Every day for months and months and months, Tommy stood in front of the television and watched Antonio Banderas fight for the people.  He studied every sword move and eventually matched the whole choreography.

Little did I know this was all a foreshadowing of what was to come.  Of course he would choose Military Police for his Army career!  (He was a chemical entering student). Those seeds were planted a long time ago.

Even though he did not use the pictures I sent, I think they would have fit nicely with this moment.

Look at you now—a different outfit but still our little boy.

Address given by Jill Viggiano

Gordon exercised EVERYDAY for six years!

One of the hardest obstacles to overcome in Gordon’s recovery was monotony.  Every day, 5 days a week, week after week, year after year, we did exercises given to us by Gordon’s therapists.  Over and over and over we did hours of exercises in an effort to revive and strengthen the right side of his body.  

After a couple years, it became clear that if we didn’t find a way to provide some variety, we wouldn’t be able to face the work and would therefore, fail.  We could not let this happen.

And so, Gordon’s Exercise Box was born!  I pulled together all the exercises we had been doing, created index cards for each exercise, categorized them by tools and body part in a recipe box, and used a color-coded system to draw up a monthly calendar for consistency and variety.  With this system, each day would be different yet we would still exercise all his affected muscles!  

What a difference it made!  Each day Gordon would ask me what was on the calendar.  Each day we faithfully completed the set of exercises.  We kept this system going for 6 years.  I can’t even describe the feeling when I put the box away for the last time.  After 6 years of exercising with Gordon, he decided he was ready to take responsibility for his continuing work.  I was excused.  Happy day!!

Jill Viggiano authored this blog.

What an amazing birthday I had a few days ago….

Wow…I couldn’t believe it. It was like I had finally arrived to my calling as an inspirational speaker.

As I celebrated my birthday, I got 100+ emails from friends of mine. I couldn’t believe what some of them said and how much I had brought to their lives. I cried!

My first email was from a person who decided to hire me for her August event, talking to  250 people.  Then I had a call from a person who wanted to hire me for an August event…fortunately not the same dates as the OTHER August event.

Then I spoke to two more people who want to talk about hiring me for two events in the third quarter over the next few days!  Count them; that is 4 events in one day!!!

Can you believe it??

And Jill cooked me my favorite dinner..and made me her famous coffee cake.  What a day….. I can’t wait to turn 62!

God is watching me…and I said thank you.

I am back from speaking in California…a TOUGH day!

Man…it was a tough day!

Because of snow on the ground, we got up at 3:30 AM;  I felt pretty good. We arrived at the airport, went thru my TSA approved line, and had a great breakfast at Capers Cafe. We boarded; no problem.

When we arrived at the airport, Uber picked us up and brought me the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.  What a fabulous place.

Eileen told me I was to go on at 11:00am and I would have 5 minutes to set up.  They had a couple of AV people so I felt confident I could do it in the time frame.  Usually, if everything works, it takes me 2 minutes.  When I hooked up my computer to the projector, I was told it was washed out.  I couldn’t see the presentation; I was just hearing from one of the AV guys.  That didn’t seem to bother them; they got different connectors, different connectors to plug into my computer and lots of other contraptions.  Nothing worked!

After 10 minutes, we told Eileen that we will have a little delay. That was a relief! One  of the AV guys said that he has a Mac.  If I could get my presentation to his machine, it would work. I closed out the presentation and started to transfer it.  Then, all of a sudden, it was fixed!

But now, I couldn’t find my presentation!  A third AV guy came in. He was a pro and a true Mac guy.    Luckily, I had a version of it on my hard drive.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember what slides I have added!   So I began my presentation with a little hesitance.  As I got though the slides, they all worked; talk about blessings!

It is official; I did GREAT!

  National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors

I invited Gordon and Jill Viggiano to speak to our group of about 100 financial advisors and insurance agents at our monthly luncheon meeting here in Omaha, Nebraska.

What an impactful story we heard!  We saw and heard, firsthand, how disability can strike anyone, at any time.  In Gordon’s case, this was a massive stroke that nearly killed him on his 51st birthday.  If it wasn’t for his humble income replacement coverage, the Viggiano’s would have been financially ruined.

Gordon and Jill have experienced unbelievable hardship and trials since Gordon’s stroke, but their perseverance, faith and love for one another helped them conquer these great storms.  After hearing from Gordon and Jill, everyone came away inspired and truly blessed.

Our NAIFA members were both inspired and will have a renewed passion to share the need for income replacement insurance (aka disability insurance) when doing holistic financial planning for their clients.

We had the privilege of having dinner with the Viggiano’s the night prior to our luncheon. After speaking with Gordon at dinner and hearing him at the program, it became very apparent just how much painstaking hard work went into his speech. It’s truly remarkable how far he’s come.

Gordon’s wife Jill is a true hero.  Her perspective is especially helpful because many times we are the ones helping someone else through a life changing event.  Her unyielding faith in you and God is truly inspiring, and your story needs to be told to as many people as possible!

Jill wrote a book “Painful Blessings”, discussing the struggles and the victories that she and Gordon went through, it is outstanding!  Advisors can use this book as they discuss the need for disability insurance, simply by giving it to their client to read as they ponder their decision.  Each person who attended the lunch meeting received a copy of the book.

The presentation is surprising, gripping, educational, motivational and inspirational. I recommend Gordon and Jill for any group that could use a little of any of the above!

Gordon and Jill, thank you and may God bless you always!

Richard A Mangiameli, LUTCF, FSS
President Elect of NAIFA Omaha
RAM Insurance and Financial Services