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Dear Kenpo Family Santa Fe,
Please read the following message from our Master Instructor, mentor and most importantly very dear friend Mr. Jeff Speakman:
To my friends, fans and most importantly my 5.0 family; As many of you have heard by now I have been diagnosed with cancer of the throat by my doctors at City of Hope. This is a stage 4 tumor and has grown inside my esophagus and now effecting my vocal cords. Because of the proximity to my vocal cords surgery is not an option due to the possibility that my voice may be lost during surgery. It is for that reason that I have elected to move forward immediately with Chemo and Radiation therapy. The good news here is that my doctors have told me that this is a very treatable type of cancer and the cure rate at this hospital is over 90%. Next week I will begin my chemo and the week after will begin a 6 week regimen of daily radiation treatment. My friends at Partell Pharmacy are treating me with supplements and nutrition to help in my recovery.
Ironically this news came to me the same day that the next movie that I have been working on for the last 3 years got funded, more on that later.
Please stay in touch with my web site and face book page for further updates and if you are interested there will be information on how you can make a monetary gift to the Jeff Speakman Medical Fund. “I hold that the meaningfulness of one’s life can be measured by the accomplishment one makes to the common good”. Treat each other with love and respect and remember to never give up. With Loving Respect, Jeff Speakman
Jeff Speakman Medical Fund:
World Renowned Master of Kenpo 5.0 Martial Arts, Jeff Speakman, our great friend and mentor is about to take on the fight of his life. This past week he was diagnosed with cancer of the throat.
Most recently, Mr. Speakman has been working on his reintroduction into the film industry with us while concurrently running his World Training Center in Las Vegas when he received the news from his doctors at City of Hope.
Our friend will be starting chemo and radiation therapy next week and is told by his physicians that his prognosis is excellent.As we all know him, the selfless person that he is, Mr. Speakman will most certainly take this battle on bravely and quietly. But we won’t let him do this alone.
Mr. Speakman’s personal motto, which he exemplifies even more now, is “Never Give Up” and we must show him we are with him in this battle as he has been there countless times for so many of us. Everyone knows that when faced with this type of situation, medical treatment and co-pay is very costly, travel and living expenses add up quickly.
We are starting a fund in his name to be used for his care throughout his treatment and recovery. It is called the “Jeff Speakman Medical Fund” and all proceeds will be used to help Mr. Speakman so he won’t have to worry about dealing with the financial side of this. Anyone can make a difference by gifting any dollar amount to this fund. Gift payments can be made directly via PayPal using Mr. Speakman’s website
Let’s help the Perfect Weapon keep shining his light upon us all and share much more of this life together with him. Thank you in advance for your time and support.
Jeff Speakman’s Bio:
A native born son to the city of Chicago Illinois Jeff started his athletic career very early in life. Training and competing as a gymnast during the school year and as a springboard diver in the summer consumed much of his young life. Jeff’s talent as a springboard diver blossomed in high school where Jeff set new records in the conference and district and earned the honor of being named All American with out the assistance of a diving coach. Waiting for the bus at 5:30 a.m. every morning in the winters of Chicago to practice at the neighboring high school’s pool ultimately gave Jeff the discipline and the drive to succeed.
Working his way trough his undergraduate studies at Missouri Southern State University Jeff was able to complete his degree in general psychology with a supporting area in biology. During his college years Jeff began his martial arts career by earning a black belt in Japanese Goju-Ryu Karate from the legendary master Lou Angel in 1980. Upon Jeff’s graduation from college Mr. Angel told Jeff to move to California to study Kenpo Karate from Master Ed Parker if he wanted to make martial arts his life. Selling his car to pay for the U-Haul truck Jeff was off to Los Angeles to follow his dream and feed his passion. Two years after arriving in Los Angeles Jeff was invited by Mr. Parker to join three other people at Mr. Parker’s house in Pasadena California to become what would be known as his last group of protégés. Jeff began studying acting at the same time with the same dedication he had approached everything else in his life. After five years of workshops, auditions and small bit parts here and there Jeff got his break with his first feature film with Paramount Pictures called “The Perfect Weapon”.
To date Jeff has starred in 10 feature films such as “Perfect Weapon” (Paramount), “Street Knight” (Warner Bros.) “The Expert” (MGM) and “Escape from Atlantis” (Universal) and produced 3 of those films. According to the internationally recognized web site www.martial-arts-network.com Jeff is now voted to be the most popular martial artist in the world. Jeff is the only martial artist rated higher than Bruce Lee who is second and Chuck Norris third. In addition Jeff is a certified Defensive Tactics Instructor (DTI) for the Department of Justice, teaching DEA, FBI, Homeland Security and Department of State, and the “sharp edge weapons instructor” for the California Department of Corrections teaching at Pelican Bay and Folsom. Also Jeff has been inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the Masters Hall of Fame.
Currently Jeff resides in Las Vegas Nevada where he oversees the largest Kenpo Karate organization in the world the AKKS and operates the Jeff Spreakman’s Kenpo Karate 5.0 franchise schools now in 20 counties. In addition Jeff has the Champions Foundation, a non-profit organization teaching the discipline of Kenpo Karate to underprivileged children currently in the U.S., Bolivia, Mexico, Germany and soon in Australia and Chili.