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Zippy's Back!

Fish and Chips in England.

Raise your hand if you know who Zippy the Lobster is.  Yep, I suspected many of you had either forgotten about him or had never met him before.  You can put your hands down now.  One of you really aught to research the concept of deodorant.

Zippy and I met nearly two years ago in Myrtle Beach, SC.  He was hanging out in a tourist shop with other rubber lobsters, but there was something about him that was different.  He seemed to have both kindness and passion in his eyes.  Around that time I heard about a dear blogging friend who got incredibly bad news: her young son was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer.  It was then that Zippy and I got the idea of him traveling around the world to help fight childhood brain tumors.

He has made the rounds to many famous medical bloggers, including

  • Grunt Doc (he went to the Bahamas with GD)
  • Scan Man (who liked him so much that Zippy had an extended stay with him in India)
  • Happy Hospitalist (who took him to Hawaii)
  • Doc Gurley (who had a blast with him in California)
  • Dr. Val (who introduced Zippy to the seamier side of the world: Washington DC)
  • Dr. Teresa (of Rural Doctoring, who let Zippy host grand rounds!)
  • Dr. Ramona Bates (who showed Zip Arkansas and gave him Botox injections)
  • Nurse Kim of Emergiblog (who tried to brainwash him into rooting for Notre Dame)
  • Charming BB (a great kid who, with his sister, showed Zippy a great time in Louisiana)
  • PK (who introduced Zippy to Oklahoma, and some very big statues).

On each stop, he got pictures taken doing various things unique to that part of the world, and tried to spread the word about children's brain tumor research.

He most recently spent a great time with Jabulani in England, and is off to join Shadowfax for the big fundraising event on St. Patrick's day where SF shaves his head for children's cancer research.

Go over to his blog and follow his many adventures, and if you want him to be with you, I am happy to get something arranged.  He has one more stop planned after Seattle with Shadowfax, but after that his schedule is open.

Give to Zippy's cause.  Buy Zippy Gear (proceeds all go to his charity).  Support this lobster on a mission!

Go Zippy!

Join the fun!



Stand up to Cancer

Today is Stand up to Cancer day.


OK Gang, it is not just words.  Put your money where your mouth is.  Zippy's numbers have been stuck for about a month and he is getting angry (and do you really want to make a lobster angry?).

Support Zippy's Cause.  Give to fight childhood brain tumors.  Go to Zippy's website and enjoy his travels (he is going to Hawaii next).

Oh yes, and check out the Zippy merchandise that NOW IS AVAILABLE WITH THE THREE LOGOS BELOW (Thanks Dr. Wes and Robin)!


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Help a lobster help some kids and STAND UP TO CANCER!


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Cancer Quest


I am a goof sometimes, but not always.  Above is a picture of a little girl’s grave.  She died of brain cancer.  Yes, there is a rubber lobster in the picture too, but without that lobster, few would be looking at her grave. 

Being a doctor is a fine thing to do, but there is always that uncomfortable companion of death.  Even more uncomfortable is when death comes to the young.

So I ask you all to support/promote Zippy.  Not a dime will go in my own pocket.

Give to his cause at


You can also buy all sorts of cool merchandise (thanks, Dr. Wes) at


All profits from the gear will go to Zippy’s fund.  Other logos are coming soon.  Thanks big-time to Robin Smith for making the logos (for free!).


If you want a visit, drop me a line….although the line is getting quite long.

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Lobsters, Swans, and Sooners

For those who don't know, Zippy is a lobster friend of Dr. Rob.  Zippy's goal is to raise money for brain cancer research and have lots of adventures doing so.


Now Zippy is in Oklahoma visiting PK.

I think that's her in the middle.

He has a fine time over there.  Go check it out and, if you can, donate to his worthy cause.

And let him know if you see any swans.


Zippy in Clinton Country

Zippy got to visit Little Rock, Arkansas.  He was going to sit on this sign for two hours, since it was reserved, but it was kind of uncomfortable.

Go over to his website and see the first installment of his adventures in the "Natural State." 

While you are there, check out the place to donate for curing children's brain cancer.  This is the real impact Zippy wants to make.  His heart may have only one ventricle, but boy is it a big one.


Zippy Hits the Road

Zippy had a great time in Louisiana.  Head on over to his blog to see what all the fuss is about. 

Zippy's goal is to raise money for brain cancer research.  I will have more on this soon.  If you are interested in hosting zippy (exotic locations preferred) please drop me an e-mail.