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'President and Chairman'

Local Address:  Cary , North Carolina , United States
1 in 8 Foundation
 
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www.caryonline.com, 26 Sept 1999 [cached]
Ken Vrana, owner of Type-A Productions and Caitlin Productions (a nonprofit organization), has spent the better part of the past few years traveling the globe in pursuit of serious stories to show to the world through film.
Vrana, who along with his wife Lisa and daughter Caitlin, moved to Cary from Los Angeles six years ago, has been working feverishly on documentary films ranging in topics from the plight of residents living among the religious violence in Northern Ireland to the suffering of local women battling breast cancer.
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"One in eight women has suffered, or knows someone who suffered, from breast cancer", Vrana said of his soon-to-be completed documentary "Snow Angels"."It just seemed like the time to focus on it."
Vrana traveled to the heart of the battles in Northern Ireland to work on a "war" story from the Protestant point-of-view.The work took 15 years from idea to near completion and in the process Vrana found the process to be a struggle, to say the least.
"I met a guy named 'Mad Dog'- all tattooed and large", Vrana said with a sheepish grin."He kind of gave me permission to be there and talk to the people I needed to see."
While there Vrana saw, first hand, the kind of violence most only see on the evening news.
Vrana's "Snow Angels," however, seems to have touched him the most.Following the day-to-day travails of three women fighting the fight of their lives, Vrana managed to capture, with permission, the horrors of and victories against the disease, up close.
Venturing into operating rooms and getting to know the women on a personal basis left an indelible impression on Vrana.
"You can't help but become attached", Vrana said."It's like watching people in your own family suffer."
Vrana shot all the footage himself after a videographer backed out at the last minute.He has spent countless hours trying to edit 90 hours of footage into a 90 minute documentary.
The effect on Vrana caused him to think of a project to help victims and families of breast cancer.He came up with the Caitlin Foundation (named for his daughter) and "Ribbon Of Life", a project for which he is asking people from around the world to send him buttons or pins of any type.He plans to erect a ten-foot tall structure, in the shape of a ribbon, which to attach the buttons to.He then hopes to auction the piece off and donate all the money to breast cancer related charities.
He also plans to enlist the help of some former Hollywood connections to promote the cause and sale of the piece.
Vrana wrote teleplays and pitched TV movie ideas in Hollywood for nearly 15 years before moving to Cary.
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Vrana does, however, take on more lighthearted projects.He has, in the works, a film called "Fans" focusing on fanatical followers of such entities as NASCAR, The Beatles, College Basketball, Elvis and WCW Wrestling.
"I went to a Backstreet Boys show with my daughter and it was unbelievable", Vrana said laughing, of his original inspiration for the project.
But for now, Vrana's determination centers on "Ribbon of Life".He has received nearly 31,000 buttons but figures he needs nearly 25,000 more to complete it.
Vrana plans to set up a booth at Cary's Lazy Daze festival where people can find out more information on the cause and donate buttons in a large bowl.
"I started getting one (button), then handfuls and now large groups of them", Vrana said.Anyone and everyone is encouraged to stop by his table to contribute or simply say "Hello".
Vrana hopes to acquire buttons from every state in the US and looks to work on the project rapidly until completion.
"Basically, I just want people to know I'm trying to help as many people as I can", Vrana said.
Ken Vrana can be reached via e-mail at lvrana@concentric.net by anyone interested in either the Caitlin Foundation or his current film project, "Fans.
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www.1in8motorsports.org [cached]
November 25, 2008 - The Website, http://www.inspiremetoday.com recently highlight our President, Ken Vrana as one of thier Luminaries. hear his interview at: http://www.inspiremetoday.com/pub/audio/503_d4ffbfe3602bdbce947bb38928481605.mp3
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November 7, 2008 - International race drivers Amanda Hennessy and Robert Dubler and 1 in 8 CEO, Ken Vrana relax at Minus 5, in
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The annual aftermarket show is the 500 pound gorilla in the industry and 1 in 8 CEO, Ken Vrana took the opportunity to reinforce the position of the 1 in 8, as the fastest growing motorsports charity in the world.
Ken also took the time to hang out with some of his old friends and forge some new relationships.
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James J. Wied, BCS President and CEO and Toby Clement, and Senior VP at BCS International, spent hours creating an exciting new relationship with the 1 in 8 and Ken had the chance to spend some time with Sam Posey.
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There were old friends, like 1 in 8 board member Mario Andretti but Ken also got to make some new friends like Stacey David or GEAZS TV, Vans shoe artist, PNUT, Mopar Legend, Mr. Norm and Motorsports expert, Lauren Fix.
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October 1, 2008 - Newman as Racer . . . and Marriage Counselor, Speed Style Magazine, article by Ken Vrana.
Ken Vrana snapped this along the way.
(Editor's Note: Ken Vrana, President and CEO of 1 in 8 Motorsports, interacted with Paul Newman while working for PPG/Indycar in the 90's.)
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resident Ken Vrana to help breast cancer. As a survivor himself, with one sister who died of breast cancer and another whos just gone through it, he also decided it would be great if he could create a garden where women could find peace and comfort.
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A person who discovers their breast cancer early enough, has a nearly 90% chance of living out the rest of their life, Vrana said.
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, schedule for later this year, Ken decided to take a day off and experience what it feels like to fly, at the Bay Area iFLY facility. Located in near Oakland , and after a brief shake down session with his instructor, Ken joined his brothers, Mark and James to take the plunge. I hate to be beaten on anything and they both smoked me, Ken said, but then I should have known better. , and after a brief shake down session with his instructor, Ken joined his brothers, Mark and James to take the plunge. I hate to be beaten on anything and they both smoked me, Ken said, but then I should have known better.
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June 6, 2008 1in8 President and CEO, Ken Vrana, in line with the 1in8s commitment to encourage the greening of the motorsports industry, has made the decision to help promote TRIROD MOTORCYCLES new trike, the F3 Adrenaline. While there are many nice trikes on the rode, the TriRod breaks new ground, says Vrana, And with our current gas crisis, people need a viable option. Its non-traditional, two-over-one wheel configuration makes for superior handling, stability and roll-over resistance. For more information on the TriRod, see trirodmotorcycles.com
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October 31, 2007 1 in 8 CEO, Ken Vrana talks to Indycar driver, Danica Patrick at SEMA, about whats been happening with the 1 in 8.
The Caitlin Foundation
www.caitlinproductions.com, 26 Mar 2008 [cached]
Ken Vrana, Caitlin Productions CEO, wanted a formal entity that could serve as both an oversight agency for its philanthropic endeavors and as a body which would eventually offer grants to organizations Caitlin Productions felt were making a positive contribution to humanity.
Media and News
www.caitlinproductions.com, 19 Dec 2006 [cached]
Today's-Woman's Interview with Ken Vrana
Who is Ken?Well it's not Barbie's other half.He is the CEO of Caitlin Productions.
Imaginis - Buttons Wanted For Breast Cancer Ribbon of Life Project
www.imaginis.com, 19 June 2001 [cached]
"A few years back, a woman thought it might be fun to buy a child's chair and ask people to give her buttons to cover it with," said Ken Vrana, President of Caitlin Productions."When it was completed, the chair was auctioned off for $25,000.I was stunned [and] thought the project could have been taken far further.I decided to create the Ribbon of Life and ask people to send buttons to both honor those who are survivors and remember those we've lost to breast cancer.
"As you might expect, at first the buttons came in very slowly," said Vrana.
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said Vrana.In addition to heading the Ribbon of Life project, Vrana is finishing up a 90-minute documentary that follows a year in the life of three women in North Carolina with breast cancer.
"As you might imagine, after a year of filming [these three ladies] day in and day out, they have become family to me.Their incredible spirit and courage have comforted me when I was struggling with the film," said Vrana.The documentary is scheduled to be completed around the end of 2000, the same time as the Ribbon of Life project.
In addition to the Ribbon of Life, the Caitlin Foundation plans to create a "coffee table book" of 75 selected letters that they have received from women who have sent in buttons."Many of the buttons we've received are antiques and the people who send them often also send beautifully poignant letters with their buttons, explaining the significance of their buttons," said Vrana.
"One woman's mother sent a broken button from her 64-year-old daughter's baby dress," recalled Vrana."It was particularly significant, not only because her daughter [now has Stage 4 breast cancer], but because her daughter was wearing her dress when she was terribly burned in a childhood fire in their home.She had kept the dress all this time and wanted us to have the buttons."
The Caitlin Foundation hopes that some of the people who hear about the Ribbon of Life project will start an email chain letter that will circle the globe and help to collect thousands of buttons.Vrana also encourages anyone who might have a family member or friend in the field of book publishing to contact the Caitlin Foundation if they are interested in helping with the project.
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