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Committee

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Annemarie Barnes - President and co-founder (Kevin & Joey’s mom)

In the spring of 2021, when we were just coming out of the Covid lockdown, I was ready to resume my ‘normal’ life as a semi-retired high school English teacher. Life was looking pretty good. 

But there’s an old Yiddish proverb: "Man plans and God laughs". On June 26, 2021 my younger son Joey was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 40, and just like that, our lives changed forever! 

Losing a child goes against the natural order of the universe. Joey fought his cancer with such great courage that we couldn’t let him down. As soon as our terrible grief allowed us to function again, we founded the Having a Ball Association in his memory. We’re quite sure he would be proud. 

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Kevin Barnes - Co-founder (Joey's brother)

I’m in hospitality - the director of tibits, Lausanne. Growing up, Joey and I were always close, and as his elder brother I looked out for him as much as possible, be it on holidays abroad, ski trips or simply on our way home from school. As adults, we saw less of each other, living as we did in different cities, each with our own full lives. But we’d make up for it whenever we were together, talking throughout the  night about our favorite movies, TV series, books, or life in general. We had our differences, like most siblings do, but he was my little brother. That says it all!

 

After he was diagnosed, I tried to always be there for him, not realising what little time we had left. I’ll be grateful forever for having been by his side during the last months of his life. I hope I helped to make him less afraid of what he knew was coming. I promise to do what I can to spread awareness of the terrible cancer that took his life.

Andreas Enehaug - Spokesperson, ideas man, contributor and motivator

I’m a Norwegian filmmaker and the original co-founder/co-host of the “Having A Ball” -podcast, where we famously documented Joey’s courageous battle with cancer. 


Ever since we first met at the Met Film School in London in 2007, I’ve thought of Joey as my "brother from another mother". Therefore it was obviously both an honour and a privilege to help him through his painful journey in any way I could. 


Near the end of his life, I promised my dear friend that I’d do whatever I could to turn “Having A Ball” into a global cancer awareness phenomenon - and I intend to keep my word. As the remaining original “baller”, I’m immensely proud to be a part of the Association. 

Nils Rettby - Spokesperson, ideas man, contributor and motivator

I’m one of Joey’s oldest friends. We met while playing pool/billiards in middle school more than 30 years ago and got up to plenty of mischief when we went to high school together. Our friendship remained strong ever since. 

Working as a global program manager in cancer drug development, I will bring clinical science to the Association as well as extensive networking and plenty of energy to help keep the ball rolling.

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Catherine Aeschlimann - Webmaster & secretary

I met Annemarie at the Lycée Jean-Piaget in 2005, and since then we've been sharing our hikes in the Alps, the Himalayas and the Jura. During these mountain trips, we share our joys and sorrows, and since the news of Joey's cancer, our contacts have become more important and intense. It was in the name of friendship that I agreed to join the committee to create the website.

 

I live and work in Les Hauts-Geneveys. Between drawing, setting up artifacts and observing urban nature, I exhibit mostly outside the canton of Neuchâtel. I'm particularly fond of tea, Alphorn, snow and telemark skiing.

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Alexander Dal Farra - German motivator

As one of Joseph’s employers, I, like probably many other people, was first taken by his unique voice, which he used skillfully and in an extremely versatile manner. His professionalism, coupled with his mischievousness and humor, was a particularly appealing combination!

It was important for us to keep Joey on board as a collaborator - and friend - throughout his cancer journey. Joey was not only an exceptional colleague, he was also a friend, and he will never be forgotten by us. He lives on in our hearts, we think of him a lot, and his voice continues to be heard on some client projects - as a legacy, so to speak.

I proudly wear the Having a Ball  T-shirt during artist interviews, and I support the association in German-speaking Switzerland to the best of my ability.

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Nando Luginbühl - Media relations

I started out as a journalist, working for the press, television and radio (like Joey). For the past ten years, I've been working as a communications manager. I'm currently head of communications and marketing at the University of Neuchâtel. I'm also the father of three daughters, love pétanque, reading and cooking, as well as skateboarding with my dog, a Weimaraner.

 

Among Joey’s many facets, the general knowledge quizzes he hosted in bistros and parties were what I particularly appreciated about him. Thus, in 2020, whilst looking for an original idea to celebrate Christmas with my team, I contacted Joey so we could experience one of these legendary quizzes despite not being able to gather in person because of the Covid-19 lockdown. He immediately agreed to do it via videoconference- and everyone had a great time! 

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