Who we are

One Step Closer to a World without CP

Mission

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he One Step Closer Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization whose main goal is to ease, as much as possible, the lives of those who suffer from Cerebral Palsy.

Founded in 2007, The One Step Closer Foundation (OSCF) is a non-profit, charitable organization whose main goal is to impact the lives of those who suffer from cerebral palsy.

The OSCF will, through various fundraising efforts, support existing groups, individuals, and research. For those already coping with cerebral palsy (CP), the OSCF strives to promote awareness and understanding of the disease through education programs, support groups and access to previously unknown research.  The OSCF will also direct funds to researchers seeking for medical advancements in treating and diagnosing CP.

The OSCF will accomplishing its mission by focusing on three principle areas:

•To help promote a national awareness, recognition and acceptance of persons with cerebral palsy.

•To financially assist those who have or are taking care of individuals that have been medically diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and are financially unable to handle all of the considerable costs associated with this disease. On a case by case basis, OSCF will offer financial support to those in need of medical equipment, therapy, rehabilitation and or other costs related to CP.

•To support research to find ways to alleviate, as much as possible, the effects and burdens brought on by CP with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for the disease.

One Step Closer to financial freedom for those coping with Cerebral Palsy.  One Step Closer to social acceptance of those suffering from Cerebral Palsy.  One Step Closer to finding a cure for Cerebral Palsy.  Each day brings us One Step Closer.

Our Founder

Born February 13, 1983, three months premature Jacob Zalewski was given a 3% chance of survival due to various complications at birth. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of three, but the onset came at birth.

“I have always said that if I was ever in a position to do some good in this wonderful world, I would do so without hesitating. I think we were all put here for a reason and that absolutely everything happens for a reason. I am so very passionate about this foundation. I see the potential it has, not just for this year but for the future as well. If all goes well, God willing, sooner rather then later Cerebral Palsy will be a thing of the past.”

Mr. Zalewski has never considered himself handicapped by this debilitating disease. Rather he has considered it a blessing, looking at it as something God has entrusted him to use positively to inspire others.

 Our Team

Keith Houk

Keith Houk is an educator, writer, editor, and artist based in the Houston area. His association with the foundation stems from a deep seated belief that the world will become a better place only through the actions of individuals who put the welfare of others above selfish concerns. The One Step Closer Foundation is about helping others deal and cope with a terrible disease. Keith was Jacob’s professor in college and was inspired by Jacob’s capacity for compassion for those less fortunate. He was the first to join the board of the foundation and his involvement has only grown over the years.

 

Joy Miller

With over 15 years of service dedicated to non-profit organizations, Joy Miller has earned a reputation for her attentive hands-on approach within less fortunate communities.

From volunteering with the Challenger Baseball League while in high school, to directing a community development program for mentally challenged youth during college, Joy discovered early on a calling for reaching out. These rewarding experiences provided an easy transition post-studies in working with an organization to help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Urban Health Institute.

Her passion for aiding those in need stems from personal trials of growing up with family members and friends with special needs

I saw how unkind kids were to my hearing impaired brother and it broke my heart, I’ve always been taught that cruel actions are usually based on ignorance. It’s not a natural reaction to be mean, but something that has to be taught by society and example.

I believe that creating safe, respectful environments fosters understanding and allows people to have a chance to see that disabilities aren’t anything to be afraid of. I like that the One Step Closer Foundation is not just about teaching patience, but complete acceptance.

Mark Nix

Mark Nix serves as Cloud Logistics’ chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Nix has 27 years of supply chain software experience in helping clients of every size address their global needs while working for some of the finest organizations in the industry.

Mr. Nix serves as a Partner with Nix Venture Partners, is on the Board of Directors with the One Step Closer Foundation, and advises various charities. Mr. Nix served as VP of Major Account Sales at Manhattan Associates, an EVP with One Network Enterprises, worked with IBM’s Nistevo division, Metasys, and the TranScape/Vocam/PBTS divisions of PBI . He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Tennessee.

 

Alicia Nicole Webb

Alicia Nicole Webb is a model, actress, wrestler, and former WWE Diva.

In January 1999, Alicia debuted on Monday Night Raw as “Ryan Shamrock”, the younger sister of Ken Shamrock. Since then she has worked for a number of wrestling organizations such as WCW, TNA, and Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) in Mexico City. She has traveled around the globe in her career and even went as far as Okinawa, Japan to entertain the troops.

Throughout her travels she has met so many people and made many good friends. One friend that stood out from the rest, is a girl named Danielle Ruffino. Danielle was born in Stonybrook, NY in 1988. She weighed only 2lbs 5oz and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of one. She has been a fan of wrestling since she can remember, and the day she met Alicia was a day that neither of them will soon forget.

Danielle told Alicia that she was one of her favorite divas and had followed her career since day one. Danielle even dressed as “Ryan Shamrock” for Halloween in 1999! Alicia began researching Cerebral Palsy mostly to understand Danielle’s situation but quickly realized that there was a lot more she(and the rest of us) could do.

Joining forces with Jacob and the One Step Closer Foundation, she truly hopes to help find a cure for this disease so that one day she can see Danielle, Jacob, and so many others do what most of us take for granted daily…..walk!

Jacqueline Zwerner

Jacqueline Zwerner was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and a recent graduate at the University of Kansas. She is a 24 year old Casino Marketing Executive at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

At the age of 12, her father started teaching her how to play poker and she currently enjoys playing in tournaments and cash games around the US.

Jacqueline became enthusiastic about the One Step Closer Foundation when she met Jacob Zalewski at the World Series of Poker. She embraced his passion and his drive to help improve the advancements and treatments that can tremendously assist a person with cerebral palsy.

 

Stacy Fuson

Stacy Fuson has an extensive background in business and the entertainment industry. She’s a model, actress and former Playboy Playmate. Stacy has appeared on Modern Family, Entourage, Shallow Hall and Iron Man 2. Some of her modeling highlights include St. Pauli Girl, Maxim, Shape, Men’s Fitness, Tommy Hilfiger and Cosmopolitan.

Stacy returned to school and received her AA in Business Administration, as well as her Bachelors in Management and Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. In 2009, Stacy started her own vitamin company called “Vitamins by Stacy”. Stacy is now part owner and Director of Business Development for “Aclipsa Mobile Video Solutions”.

Stacy met Jacob in 2007 when she was playing poker on Sam Simons Celebrity TV Show. She was instantly drawn to Jacob for his incredible heart of wanting to help other and his positive attitude towards life. Jacob had a profound effect on Stacy and she was eager to help Jacob and The One Step Closer Foundation find a cure for Cerebral Palsy.

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