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The ‘Belle of Baldy’
This shot was taken on a random day in 2010, during a random session at Baldy Pipeline. Just a couple of skate-dogs, out for a day of dodging rattlesnakes and avoiding Johnny law. Baldy Pipeline, home of the legendary “Badlanders”, and quite possibly the first full-pipe to have ever been skated, and most likely the longest, continuously skated outlaw skate-spot in skateboardings’ gnarly history. Looking at this image, I am touched deeply on many levels. Simple and innocuous at first glance, a skater-chick, with long blond hair pulled back in a ponytail, stands facing the dark abyss of the well-skated 14-15’ wide pipe. The POV is from behind, looking past her, into the seemingly infinite darkness. Her posture, one of steadfast determination, stabilizing, self-assuredly assessing the ride to come, visualizing the lines she intends to utilize, when she assails that legendary, graffiti-strewn concrete. This frozen moment, takes me back over 30 years, to my first visit to that same spot, on some long ago skate journey to the Badlands of Southern California. That ‘anticipation’ leading up to the moment when I would stand at the mouth of that spot, is what I remember feeling the most. It’s a place I’d seen—a picture of Waldo Autry, in some long-ago forgotten issue of a skateboarding magazine, riding high in his green socks, victoriously and heroically high for that day and age of skateboarding during it’s vertical terrain infancy. Now today, pondering this image, which I’ve now come to refer to as the ‘Belle at Baldy’, I observe this avid skateboarder. This subtly defiant-appearing woman, standing there, in a firmly-rooted, determined stance of confidence, at the edge of darkness, facing that void that might symbolize the unknown, or, the future, where anything can happen. It IS dark. It IS filled with infinite possibilities, both good and bad. It IS mysterious. It WILL and CAN be, what one will make it be, and it can become what the Universe has predetermined it to be, symbolizing the challenges we ALL face in our lives every day—a ride, and an adventure to be surmounted. It’s the sort of image that will stick in your mind. The thoughts and memories it brings to mind for me. The sentiment this image elicits for others, whether one is a skateboarder or not, is a feeling that can be appreciated on so many levels.
The ‘Belle of Baldy’, photographed by Julz Bauer Gallagher
WHO and WHY?
Pam Brodowski is my hero. I am in total awe and admiration to the depths and degrees of courage, determination, persistence and optimism of this incredible woman. I first met her during the 2012 Skateboard Hall of Fame/ProTec Pool Party. A beautiful human being, with deeply piercing eyes, an incredible smile, and the sort of ‘at-ease’ “amante de la vida” essence that makes you fall in love with her immediately—an encouraging feeling, as I looked forward to hopefully cross paths at future events, or skate sessions, to enjoy the well of vibrant energy emanating from her fountain of energetic abundance. Sadly, not too long after that initial encounter, Pam was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. In the year and a half since learning of her condition, she has endured chemo-therapy, radiation treatment, a few surgeries, and six biopsies. After all of that, some cancer cells remain. Now, Pam is undergoing another round of treatment—more intense than the previous program—enduring infusions, a bone biopsy, more chemotherapy and long hospital stays. Unfortunately, at this point, all her medical benefits and assistance have run out. Regardless, the medical, dental and basic bills in life all continue to pile up. With the recent round of highly aggressive procedures, and yet another round of chemo beginning October 8, Pam is facing the certainty of more and more bills, and even more after that. Therefore, I’m embarking on this personal campaign and fund-raising effort thru Indelible Cause™, to reach out and seek financial support for Pam. It is my hope that others will also participate to help offset at least a little of the debt that lay ahead for Pam. We love you Pam.
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What exactly are khameleON HIDES?
khameleON HIDES are repositionable, coverings used to cover and decorate the backsides of all of your favorite smart devices*. Our uniquely formulated low-tack adhesive allows for indefinite repositioning. HIDES are fabricated with MÖRIZENITE™, our proprietary, specially formulated polycarbonate created by our engineer, developed in a collab with a major entity in the German automotive industry. MÖRIZENITE is bonded with ZILK™—another of our proprietary materials created to interact specifically with MÖRIZENITE—is a unique vinyl substrate developed by our engineers to receive high-quality, high-resolution, full color images at 300 dpi+. (The top-shelf vinyl’s utilized by other producers of smart-device coverings—commonly referred to as “skins”—are severely limited in their ability to manage or equal the quality of ZILK.) ZILK’s unique ability to successfully bond with MÖRIZENITE, combines to create a ground-breaking material. The resulting product is a scratch/scuff-proof medium to print and display colorful imagery, while simultaneously possessing a level of versatility, virtually unmatched by any other product created for similar purposes.
COBRA5 is our flagship 5 mil signature material, with its unique, pebbled reptile finish. COBRA5 is used to create a wide variety of shapes and sizes of repositionable covers. Our templates are precision, “kiss-cut” to accommodate most all of the personal smart devices available on the market today.
Introducing khameleON HIDES | PATCHES™
For those of you with protective cases or case-style chargers on your cell-phones and other smart devices, khameleON HIDES has the personalizing solution for you. Utilizing our COBRA5 material, we have created PATCHES, which are series of repositionable, rectangular-shaped panels proportioned to suit a wide variety of devices, from the smallest flip-phone to the largest lap-top. khameleON HIDES has the right-sized HIDE* to meet your needs.
- Repositionable scratch-proof proprietary polycarbonate/vinyl construction
- 300dpi+ high resolution, full-color reproduction
- Flexible/form-fitting, from flat, to radius contours
- Precision, kiss-cut templates available for most all popular electronic smart devices
* Some restrictions do apply.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
Please join us in this personal campaign effort, geared towards helping out Pam as she endures the next rounds of chemotherapy, and associated aggressive procedures combating this recent onset of cancer. Together, with indelible CAUSE™, we will donate directly to Pam, all of the proceeds from the sale of the khameleON HIDES™ cell-phone back-panel, the ‘Belle of Baldy’. Just this past week Pam has lost her job, and considering her inability to work and support herself during this time, her need for assistance is even greater than before. Therefore, I am reaching out to all of the good people in the skateboard, and outlying actions sports world, to help a courageous, vibrant woman, and a dear friend of the skateboard community. It is my hope that this approach will yield some sort of support, as Pam Brodowski has a bright and incredible future, and right now, she can REALLY use some financial help in getting through this rough patch. In return, you will receive this incredible image of the ‘Belle of Baldy’ to apply to the outside of your cell-phone or smart device! Buy one for yourself, or as a gift for a friend. Visually express to others that you’ve a skater’s heart, and soul. Do what you can to help our friend, Pam.
Currently, for this first run, we are taking pre-orders, scheduled for manufacture and shipment on the second week of October 2013.
A Letter From Pam
Dear Friends, Friends of Friends, Family, Colleagues, Fellow People in Life,
As many of you know, this past year and a half has been a real fight for me! For those who don’t know, I was diagnosed with Mixed Cell Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and was informed last July that if I didn’t do chemo, I had until the end of the year to live. So I did it. I knew NOTHING about cancer at that time, or how it was going to affect my life. I did 3 1/2 harsh months of chemo. Then a couple months of radiation followed by waiting. Too much waiting. Well, apparently the cancer didn’t completely go away. It came back with a vengeance and took over almost to where it was last year. When I learned that, I just about came undone. I lost it, knowing what I would have to endure all over again. Even after I swore, I vowed I would never do it again! The 2nd time makes it tougher. Especially the post-traumatic symptoms from the 1st go-around make things tough, knowing what to expect. But hey, I am determined to WIN! I WILL win. I’ve had every test under the sun, went through the 1st round of ICE two weeks ago—which is a pre-chemo—and that was tough! It’s been two weeks of recovery, and I was supposed to begin the procedure again this week, but my port got infected. So we are waiting for that to heal first, with the help of in-house nurse assisting me with I.V. antibiotics. This will delay a couple more days but that should be ok. My hair is starting to fall out already, with Round 2 coming up. Then the wait period, PET scan (for progress report), followed by a 6-day hospital-stay in L.A. for hard chemo, followed by a stem cell transplant from my own body—since my bone marrow is clean! :) I should be done near my birthday in December, and be able to celebrate my new life!
I have just lost my job, my benefits went with it and I am in between getting Social Security benefits. Just waiting. I am getting Cobra, but it is also very expensive, but not compared to no insurance! I must get Cobra so that there is no lapse in my treatments. I go to the Doctor almost every day.
Life is full of challenges and this has been the biggest and hardest thing I have EVER done in my entire life! It has humbled me, and it has made me a new person, enlightening me to what is important in life. It is about Love and Helping others. Taking a moment to say “I Love You” is sooo very precious and will boost the morale of that person when they are hurting. Love is what has kept me going, and the strength I pray for comes from our Lord, the Great Creator! He loves us all soooo much. It’s UNREAL what happens when you seek Him! We ALL have our struggles and battlefields. Name YOUR cancer; whether it’s broken hearts, broken legs, financial issues, homelessness, hopelessness, depression, addiction, etc. If we can all learn to slow down and take a look at what is around us. Even as much as a smile to everyone you see, it will create a love vibration that is contagious, and will spread fast!!! I am sooo grateful for life! If you choose to pray for me, could you please be specific, and include prayers for my strength, endurance, healing & peace, no matter what. And in return, I will pray the same for you!
I want everyone to know how grateful I am to get so much Love, Support and Prayers as well as donations. You all have no idea what this means to me, and every amount I am thankful for, and will use wisely for my needs! I know times are tough, and don’t expect everyone to be able to help. But even those prayers, and reaching out, help tremendously. That energy is STRONG! Thank you to all for your support. I am sooo blessed to have such good, love and light all around me! God bless you all, and thank you again! This all means A LOT to me and will help a lot!
Love Always, Your Skate Sister and Friend in Life,