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Why OU’s game against Texas meant much more to C.J. Noland

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AUSTIN, Texas – Time is precious to Harold Warren.

Such has been the case for the 72-year-old Austin resident since he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018. Warren is now in stage 4 of the disease, meaning it has spread to other organs or parts of the body.

But he refused to let that stop him on Tuesday.

The Oklahoma men’s basketball team traveled to Austin for a rivalry game against Texas, and Warren insisted on seeing his grandson CJ Noland compete for the Sooners in person for the first – and possibly last – time.

“We looked up the schedule and that was the only game he could do,” said Nicole Noland, Warren’s daughter and CJ’s mother. “He just said, ‘I want to be able to see my grandson play in front of me when I leave.'”

Warren was full of life before he got cancer.

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Harold Warren (left) and CJ Noland (right) pose for a photo after the Oklahoma men’s basketball team game against Texas Tuesday, January 11, 2022, in Austin, Texas.

After retiring from the CIA at the age of 50, where he worked in the criminal investigation department, Warren spent his days golfing and travelling. This included visits to the Noland family in Waxahachie, Texas.

Warren stood by CJ’s side when the future Sooner struggled with health issues of his own.

CJ developed Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome in elementary school, in which an extra electrical pathway in the heart leads to periods of rapid heart rate. This required heart surgery, but that never stopped the aspiring basketball player.

CJ committed to OU on September 22, 2020 as a four-star recruit. The 6-foot-2 freshman is averaging 4.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game this season.

“He’s always had a close eye on CJ, so it’s that special bond,” Nicole said of Warren. “CJ knows his grandfather was a very strong, generous and loving man. Seeing him very frail now is sad for CJ

“But CJ prays a lot. He knows it’s a cycle. It’s part of life. You are born and the end of this cycle is death, so he makes it.”

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That cycle ended for two of Warren’s brothers since he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018. Both died from the same disease.

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Harold Warren (left) and CJ Noland (right) pose for a photo after a basketball game at St. Michaels Catholic Academy in Austin, Texas on September 7, 2020.

Harold Warren (left) and CJ Noland (right) pose for a photo after a basketball game at St. Michaels Catholic Academy in Austin, Texas on September 7, 2020.

Effects include abdominal discomfort, fatigue, and shortness of breath. All of this would make attending a sporting event difficult, but Warren still insisted on going to the OU-Texas game.

“There was absolutely nothing stopping me from seeing my grandson on that pitch,” Warren said. “If I put my life in danger by working for Central Intelligence and protecting the presidents of this country, I can certainly take a risk for my grandson. He’s my hero.”

Warren began his weekly chemotherapy session on Tuesday, which lasted from 10:00 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m. He then returned home to rest for a few hours before traveling to the Frank Erwin Center before the game’s 7:30 p.m. tip time.

Tickets provided by the team for players’ family members are usually located a few rows behind OU’s bench, but the program has managed to pull some strings.

Nicole reached out to Associate Head Coach KT Turner to see if her family could be moved to another area of ​​the stadium that would require less human contact and less walking for Warren. Turner referred them to Toby Baldwin, the OU’s director of compliance, who got the family a place in Section 32.

The balcony seats provided a perfect view for Warren, who cannot see from too far away, and they were also isolated from the other 13,000 spectators in attendance. Baldwin made sure it was the ideal setup for Warren and co by scouting the arena during the pre-game shootaround.

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He counted the steps he would take to get to the seats. He counted the number of steps they had to climb. He planned everything.

“That’s what we do,” Baldwin said. “That is the meaning of what we do in intercollegiate athletics. We make sure we add value to the student-athlete experience, as well as the experience of their family… No matter the sport or the situation, we always want the best for our families. “

Warren watched the game with his family by his side. He also carried his chemotherapy bag, which includes an opening for his medication to be delivered directly to him.

Everything was perfect except for the outcome of the game.

OU suffered a 66-52 loss to their rivals and CJ remained scoreless in 12 minutes.

Although he didn’t get the desired result, the game wasn’t the first thing CJ talked about with his grandfather when they met afterwards.

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“I just asked him how he was and what he does every day,” CJ said. “I talk to him on the phone, but I don’t get in there that often during the season because we’re so busy. I just wanted to see if he was okay.”

The Noland family got the answer after the game.

It wasn’t until the group got to their car that they looked back at the Frank Erwin Center and realized just how much Warren had walked that night.

“I don’t know if I could have done that,” Nicole said. “When[Warren]got there he said, ‘I’m so tired. I’m so tired. But that’s all I wanted.'”

Life is a cycle, as Nicole described it.

And while time is precious for Warren, so is the memory of Tuesday’s game.

“It’s a moment we can’t duplicate,” Nicole said. “It’s something that sticks in our minds and sadly we’ll have to get back to it without Dad. It was a great memory.”

Justin Martinez can be reached at jmartinez@oklahoman.com or @JTheSportsDude on Twitter. Make sure you subscribe to The Oklahoman to keep up to date with all local sports.

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We Gave 4 Men a 2022 Style Transformation After They Hit Their Fitness Goals

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THE NIGHT HOOK

Kareem Welch, 26, Car rental specialist by day and party promoter by night, this is a man on the move. But three years ago he could barely walk up a flight of stairs. “My heart was beating so fast I thought I was going to die,” says Welch, pictured above in 2019. So that year, on a trip to his family’s home in Trinidad and Tobago, he decided to up his fitness. He did powerlifting, ran laps, and started eating more fruits and vegetables. By the time he returned to New York City in 2020, he had lost 90 pounds.

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Welch needs a business casual outfit that can keep up with him. This organic henley t-shirt from Banana Republic and these fitted chinos from Bonobos look great anywhere. Wear them under a Banana Republic down vest for extra warmth. “I would wear this to brunch or to a date,” he says. “I feel grown up and sexy, kind of like a James Bond vibe.”

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THE FIGHTER

Retired Martial Arts Instructor Norman Smith, 64, had always been active until last February, when a mini-stroke took him two weeks off. He’s gained 20 pounds. “My stomach was hanging out of my belt and I just didn’t look like myself,” he says. Eventually, Smith worked his way up to doing high-intensity interval training and cardio five times a week. In conjunction with an anti-inflammatory diet, he lost 25 pounds in six months.

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The style upgrade:

This crew-neck sweater, shirt and pants combo from Boss offers a slimmed-down version of Smith’s wardrobe staples. “Before, nobody could see my body,” he says. “I love the fit of these clothes. They show my new shape and I just feel and look younger.”

THE POWER SUIT

Prepandemic, financial services professional Adam Okin, 50, enjoyed the perks of the job—happy hour and multi-course dinners. But as his weight ticked up, his self-esteem slipped. He set health goals while in shelter-in-place, which led him to Iconoclast Fitness, the New York gym that gave him a meal prep plan and HIIT-focused workout. A year later Okin had lost 30 kilos and found a new self-confidence.

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The style upgrade:

Before his physical transformation, Okin says, he hid his body in baggy, neutral-toned suits. But now he’s learned to embrace colors and fits for his new form. Favorite item: the slim drawstring pants that look sleek enough to wear but feel like his work-from-home sweatshirts.

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THE JOURNEY

When Anthony Figueroa, 34, When he became an HVAC technician in 2018, he noticed that his heavier peers in their 40s and 50s were complaining of back and knee pain. “I knew that if I didn’t change, that would be me in a few years,” he says. But it wasn’t until after the pandemic that he hired a trainer who put him on a 12-week meal prep program. Figueroa has lost 100 pounds in nine months. Now he has enough energy to play with his daughter. “I used to just push them to play with a tablet.”

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The style upgrade:

Figueroa looks forward to weekends with his family and this Rodd & Gunn jacket suits his new active lifestyle. “This jacket just takes my outfits to a whole other level,” he says. “It makes me feel kind of important.” Plus, his New Balance 574 sneakers make him look like the coolest dad in the park.

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Homeless and rehousing centers in Bloomington concerned with rising COVID-19 numbers

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Local nonprofits dedicated to helping the homeless and those living in extreme poverty hope to share their resources and willingness to serve the community despite the surge in COVID-19 cases in Bloomington.

Beacon Inc. is one such non-profit organization that can provide housing and other essential services such as meal and laundry services and access to caseworkers.

Since the pandemic began, Beacon Inc. executive director Rev. Forrest Gilmore said his staff have adjusted protocols and encouraged customers at the Shalom Center and Friend’s Place to get vaccinated and get the booster shot.

With fewer resources related to COVID-19 than last year, Gilmore said staff cuts caused other problems enforcing safety measures like temperature checks at the door.

“We saw a really big eruption a year ago,” Gilmore said. “We had alternative accommodation for people to isolate and/or quarantine, but we don’t have that this year.”

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He said the shelter is fortunate to report that not a single person has been made homeless by COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Gilmore said winter also poses greater challenges and threats for those sleeping outside, particularly in colder and wetter conditions.

“Our program doesn’t necessarily change with the weather,” Gilmore said. “We always want people to be home and realize there’s a greater urgency and try to get people the things they need to be safe.”

Wheeler Mission is another community service organization that provides accessible housing and other essential goods and services to homeless, poor and vulnerable members of the community, said Dana Jones, director of Wheeler Mission.

“As the CDC has indicated, we have to learn to live with this in the future,” Jones said.

Jones said before the pandemic, the men’s facility was regularly operating at near capacity. The Wheeler Mission could accommodate a total of 130 men, but since the pandemic, the Wheeler Mission can only accommodate 117. He said staff are following Centers of Disease Control & Prevention protocols and are reducing maximum capacity. Wheeler Mission used to be able to provide 40 beds in the women’s shelter, today there are only up to 35 women.

“We have done much to provide care and comfort to the populations we serve during the pandemic,” Jones said.

Related: [New Hope for Families looks to provide homeless families with donations during holidays]

Jones said his staff are monitoring people as best they can and isolating them at the shelter if necessary.

New Hope for Families is an agency that supports and empowers families affected by homelessness.

“Homelessness looks different for different families,” said Emily Pike, executive director of New Hope for Families. “Families are often afraid to seek help because being homeless with your children is an act of abuse or neglect.”

Pike said she and her staff were working their hardest to prevent families from sleeping outside. New Hope has two buildings: one with four bedrooms and the other with three bedrooms. She said for families with critical needs, staff find motels and provide them with overnight services.

Pike said since the pandemic, New Hope has made sure families have been able to isolate in the shelters. New Hope also strongly encourages customers to get vaccinated and boosted. She said IU Health will be running a refresher clinic next week for those who wish.

Pike said she appreciates the help of the Monroe County Health Department and local clinics to ensure resources are available to the entire community and not just those with financial stability.

“An agency like New Hope couldn’t exist just anywhere; There’s a reason so many family shelters have a work requirement, a marriage requirement, and a faith requirement,” Pike said. “That’s because this reflects the values ​​of those communities, and I’m really proud that our community’s values ​​are that everyone deserves a safe place to sleep.”

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Limitless X Founder and CEO Jas Mathur Teams Up With HealthCorps for Partnership to Empower Youth

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Entrepreneur and Limitless X founder and CEO Jas Mathur announced this week that he is teaming up with a non-profit organization HealthCorps to launch health and wellness programs aimed at teens and young adults.

As part of that announcement, Mathur spoke to Dr. Mehmet Oz, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of HealthCorps, to reflect on his own personal health journey, which is one of the reasons he was so interested in a partnership HealthCorps. As a young adult, Mathur sacrificed his personal health and at one point weighed 450 pounds. After turning his health around, he began running several health and wellness companies and became a sought-after fitness professional. During this process, he also built a massive platform with seven million Instagram followers.

During their discussion, Dr. Oz Mathur for his “boundless” journey.

“You recognized the challenges, you overcame them, and you continued to broaden your horizons,” he said. “What is often limitless is looking at the horizon, at the prospect of the possibilities out there. It really is limitless when you see the world like that.”

In telling his story, Mathur noted that he had to completely rethink his life and attitude to get there.

“I basically reinvented myself by reinventing the way I think.”

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As a result of this transformation, he has become a successful investor and entrepreneur who has developed various brands in the marketing, health and wellness industries. As a teenager, Mathur specialized in internet advertising and website building. Now, Mathur’s marketing and branding company, Limitless, is responsible for launching premium dietary supplements and CBD supplement products.

Mathur’s wellness journey has helped him become a leader in the healthcare industry in return for the chance to work with him HealthCorps. The nonprofit organization works to save lives through health-based education leadership, programming, and service-learning in vulnerable communities. Her initiatives are launched both inside and outside of school to help teenagers improve their health.

“I’m happy about the support HealthCorps as they help others who are stuck in bad health choices or don’t have access to good nutrition or exercise programs to get the same opportunity,” Mathur said.

Mathur has also become an expert in developing fitness and exercise programs and has helped celebrities on their own personal health journeys. So join forces with HealthCorps sharing his expertise was a breeze. Sharing the story of his reinvention as the health and wellness pro of a teenage tech mogul, Jas explained why he is committed to HealthCorps’ mission and why he looks forward to working with them on important initiatives.

HealthCorps helps young people achieve their goals and dreams,” said Mathur. “I feel like I’ve done that in my life, and I want to help them accomplish the same thing in their own personal health journey.”

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