Archives for June 2012

Special Day in June

Today was the type of day that reminds us of how much we appreciate the journey in our life that the Brave Will Foundation has allowed us to travel down. The people we have met, the lives that Will has touched, and the lives that we are, in turn, able to affect in some small way have truly inspired us in our mission.

This afternoon, the foundation was the proudĀ recipientĀ of a $1,000 donation from Gold’s Gym in honor of Tred Hulse, who won the annual Gold’s Gym Media Challenge. Tred, who you may know as the afternoon DJ for 99.5 The River, underwent 12 grueling weeks of fitness training to claim the top prize.

As a result, Gold’s Gym made a $1,000 donation to any charity of Tred’s choice and we are honored that Tred selected the Brave Will Foundation. Tred has been a strong supporter of our foundation since we first met him at a Albany Medical Center radiothon in 2009. He’s a frequent attendee at our events and has hosted our annual winetasting happy hour. We are thrilled to have his ongoing support and honored to be the recipient of this donation. Today, Tred was gracious not only in his giving, but also with his time as he gave Ben and Max a tour of the radio station, allowed them to “take over” one of the stations (see pictures), and answered lots of questions (mostly from curious dad). The boys had a great time exploring. Thank you also to Charlotte Todd from Gold’s Gym for joining us at the check passing.

Earlier this morning, the Brave Will Foundation sponsored a SOAR (Steer Onward and Remember) event for a family on the first anniversary of the loss of their daughter. The family chose to hold a special service followed by a butterfly release. They then met for breakfast at their daughter’s favorite restaurant. The sunshine held on just long enough to shine down on the occasion as 35 butterflies were released into the air. Knowing the difficulty that the anniversary of the death of a child brings, the SOAR program is just one small way that the Brave Will Foundation can help a family turn a day usually filled with sadness into a day that celebrates the memories and legacy of their child.

Celebrate Will Power!Donations like the one made by Gold’s Gym and Tred allow us to offer SOAR events to families. Today was the “full circle” example of how the Brave Will Foundation, with the help of so many supporters, is truly making a difference in the lives of families dealing with unthinkable challenges. We are thankful that we have so many on our side and we are thankful that we can play some small part in the recovery process of grieving families.

Donation Roundup

We’ve finally caught our breath after hosting another amazing gala back in April, so we wanted to take a moment to recognize some recent donations that have received by the Brave Will Foundation. It always amazes us when we hear about people, both kids and adults, who consider us when they are choosing an organization to support. We hope we can continue to provide the service and support worthy of the efforts that are made when fundraising on our behalf.

  • In April (on the night of our gala to be exact), students from SUNY Adirondack’s Adirondack Broadcast Association organized SuperJam, a live music concert at Hudson River Music Hall in Hudson Falls. The students donated $700 from the event to the Brave Will Foundation. Thank you to Jeffrey Hajek, Drew Wardle, Christine Fauler, Professor Kevin Ankeny, and all the other students involved in organizing this event. We appreciate your consideration and support.
  • This month, students at Stevens Elementary School in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district, where our sons Ben and Max attend, participated in the first annual Run 4 Fun. Throughout the year, third-grade students ran and accumulated miles every day towards completing an entire marathon (26 miles) by the end of the school year. Each student that participated in the run was asked to bring in one dollar to donate to a charitable organization. This year, the school chose the Brave Will Foundation as the recipient. Thank you to Mrs. Cheryl Brott and all the third grade teachers and students for your support!
  • For a second straight year, we have been touched to receive a donation from the Long Beach Model Congress at Long Beach High School in Long Island. The students, in lieu of spending money on awards for themselves, decided to use the money to donate to a worthy organization. They can choose any organization in the world, but we are so fortunate that they have chosen the Brave Will Foundation the past two years. Thank you Mr. Matthew Hartmann and the incredible students associated with this club.

While the fundraising efforts of this foundation continue throughout the year, we are blessed to be in the minds of so many other gracious, thoughtful groups and individuals who have been touched by the story of Will and the the increasingly number of new stories that are being created as a result of this foundation. Thank you!