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 proud recipient 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.