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A Community Comes Together for Baby Teodora

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On May 28th 2014, Teodora Kristina Radovic was born to parents Aleks and Milana in Chicago, IL.  Her birth was the most glorious event that happened to the young couple.  At birth, Teodora was diagnosed with a rare skin condition known as   Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB); an incurable condition…for now.  Aleks and Milana sought different options and decided that chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant were the best route for Teodora, forcing them to move to Minnesota where Teodora can receive the best treatment.  Issues with the insurance company began to arise as the cost of this medical treatment would be in upwards of  $1 million+.  After defeating the insurance giant, the young couple was left to pay $82k which still was not an easy feat.  Turning to their family, friends and community via the website giveforward.com, they were able to raise $82k for any and/or all medical expenses.  Going down the list of donations it is very clear to see that most of the donors were part of the Serbian community here in the U.S.  It goes to show, in adversity Serbs galvanize and stick together.  Teodora is doing well post transplant and you can follow past and future updates on Teodora’s status via the “Hope for Teodora” page below where you can help the Radovic family by donating.  Teodora is a reminder to the Serb community that we are here for each other when the need arises.   Our thoughts and prayers are with baby Teodora.

Please share and donate here: “Hope for Teodora” 

 

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Air Serbia’s 1st Birthday

Congratulations to Air Serbia for celebrating it’s first birthday.  Air Serbia was created from the old and famous all of us know as JAT.  We the help of Etihad Airlines, who own a 49 percent stake in the company, Serbia’s latest air transport company should be one of the top companies in Europe.  One thing JAT had and Air Serbia does not as of yet, is flights to North America.  Hopefully that should be on it’s way soon as they have recently been approved to fly into the United States.  We would guess that John F. Kennedy in New York and Ohare in Chicago would be one of the first airports to welcome an Air Serbia aircraft.  Some of Serbia’s finest even have planes named after them, such as Novak Djokovic and Vlade Divac.  We wish Air Serbia a successful future.

Nole & Milos on Top of BNP and Tennis; not to mention a 600th win for Nole

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Well, I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.  Novak Djokovic at 1st place of the BNP Paribas and Milos Raonic a close 2nd.  Who do you even root for?  Congratulations to Novak Djokovic winning his 600th match; we are sure the inspiration came from his newborn son Stefan Djokovic (come at me bro).  Hopefully in the coming Grandslams we will see both of these players at the top more often, maybe even Raonic ranked #2 in the world right next to our old pal @djokernole.

Stefan Djokovic is Born, Novak becomes a Proud Father

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October 22nd 2014 at 3:29 AM Novak Djokovic @DjokerNole tweeted

“Stefan, our baby angel was born! I am so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena! Thank you so much for your love and support. We love you all!!!”

Congrats to the Djokovic family.  Everyone, especially the Serbian community is very proud of what Novak Djokovic has accomplished alongside his wife Jelena Ristic Djokovic.  Stefan Djokovic was born in Nice, France on Tuesday the 21st.

A Brick for Nik: Forever Becoming a Part of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe

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Nikola Tesla’s last remaining laboratory was about to be scrapped and turned into a shopping center, thanks to all of his fans the world turned a wrong into a right and now, slowly but surely, Tesla’s laboratory will become the Tesla Science Center.  On August 15th 2012 theoatmeal.com did a comic piece on Nikola Tesla, “Why Nikola Tesla was the was the greatest geek who ever lived.”  There was a call for action to donate to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe. On May 2nd 2013 Tesla’s laboratory was saved.  The property was bought for $850.00 and well over a million dollars has been donated.  Today the property is in good hands but the building and the land around the building needs to be updated.  The most recent campaign was started in September 2014 to raise more money.  “A Brick for Nik” is your chance to become a part of history and help keep Tesla’s memory alive.  A great idea to permenantly be a part of history and have your family name presented to the millions of people who will tread on the walkway leading to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham, NY.

To buy a brick for yourself, family, or company and become a part of Tesla’s history:  CLICK HERE

U.S. vs. Serbia – FIBA World Cup 2014

We want to extend our congratulations to both the unstoppable U.S. Basketball team winning the Gold Medal and the Serbian National team coming into not so much a close 2nd.  As you can see above, the welcome home celebration the Serbian team received was not to be missed, we are even surprised the U.S. team wasn’t in attendance.  We would have posted the U.S. teams celebration, or ticker tape parade, but there was none.  This display is nothing short of a spectacle, an amazing display of pride and patriotism.  Some even say that the U.S. players would have sold their Gold Medals for a welcome like this one.  Either way, American Serbs are happy with the outcome and Serbs all over the world are extremely happy and proud.  After defeating the French team (Bronze Medal winners) Serbs around the world knew in their hearts that they had won, and playing the U.S.  team would be nothing more than a bonus, if won.  Serbs had hopes like they did in 2002, but with NBA players they will take what they can get.  We hope the same matchup happens again in another 4 years.  Until then, Serbia will be tied with the United States for 5 FIBA Gold Medals a piece.

Milwaukee: You’ve been Serbed!

This year’s Srbijada was what one might call “standard SUCCESSFUL Serbian operating procedure.” A celebration of tradition, culture, and of course — plenty of partying and good times. Naturally, a Serbian event like this couldn’t go without some brawling, but we’ll forgive the perpetrators this time. A highlight? The victors of the soccer tournament, SSK Karadjordje from Cleveland, Ohio, jumping into the Milwaukee River following the party to celebrate their victory and 2014 Srbijada trophy. The real prize you may ask? Nothing but pride. The defending champs successfully seized their title as Srbijada Champions for the second year in a row.

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The celebratory after party took place at “Buckheads Saloon,” which is located in downtown Milwaukee and lives up to its name (likely patroned by hunters, sportsmen and the like during the regular downtown Milwaukee business hours). Decorated with hunting trophies in the form of wild game heads, this cabin-esque locale was transformed for three days (by Brane, Aco, Goran V, Impusle Bend) into the Serb epicenter of narodna, zabavna and rock (a personal fave was”Vozi me na Pale” — played multiple times) — in other words, the place to be for a good time.

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Back at the church, in the hall and under the music tent, singers “Aja Dollar” (known only by her alias on Facebook and Instagram) and Mirjana Negovanovic performed under a confetti of dollars being tossed around as they would in a Vegas casino. Dressed as only two narodne singers would be, these two stole the show away from the bandmates who accompanied them. Nevertheless, the blare of the Serbian hits they covered could be heard far and wide, particularly next to the main soccer field, under the tent and inside the main hall of Serb Center.

For those craving a one-of-a-kind meal, the highlight of the menu was roasted bull, with all of the usual — and delicious — Serbian accoutrements available as options as well: cevapi, sarma, gibanica.

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The most memorable takeaway from the event was the actual church and the grounds of Sv. Sava. The internal walls of the church are covered with a blue mosaic that seems as if it was pulled straight out of ancient Constantinople. At the grounds entrance, one is greeted by an Orthodox cross and majestic fountain. Then, of course, there’s a statue of the bust of General Draza Mihailovic, who was decorated with the Legion of Merit, the highest medal that can be awarded to non U.S. military personal.
Inside Serbian Center is a Serbian elementary school and a gymnasium where the events are held. The Milwaukee Serbian church organization has very impressively galvanized the Serbian community, and this church they’ve built is just one testament to that fact.

We look forward to the next Srbijada, whether it is held as planned in Vancouver, Canada or elsewhere. Word on the pijaca is that SSK Karadjordje of Cleveland, Ohio is offering to pay $50,000 to the potential Vancouver hosts to have the event moved to their soil. Wherever it may be, one thing’s for sure — Serbs don’t just do it well, they do it right.