Thursday, April 5, 2012

Let's do this

Within a week of Jude's birth, we had signed up and created a Trolley Run team for the April 29 4-mile run/walk through Waldo down to the Plaza.  Jude's Dudes has already exceeded my expectations in the ways of fundraising and team member sign-ups.  The team has been highlighted in a Trolley Run email and we've spent time in the overall top fundraising spot, only to be recently overtaken- although who could root against team Brookie's Cookies:-)

From former students to old fraternity brothers to anonymous do-gooders, the generosity is coming from all over.  Each donation made to Jude's Dudes or new team member added, makes my heart grow.  We'll easily hit $6,000 raised with over 70 team members or fellow 'dudes.'  How dd this happen?

However it happened, I can assure you the mission is a good one.  Joanna and I just spent over an hour talking with two caring individuals from the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) which benefits from the Trolley Run - in our own living room!  If I had any doubts about the possibilities for Jude and other children with visual impairments, they are nearly forgotten after our visit.

Jude, and other children, stand to gain so much over the next few years.  The donations you have made go directly into helping visually impaired children, like Jude, reach their developmental milestones and maximize their own potential.  If the two individuals who visited us today are any indication of the broader center, your money is well invested. These people are fighters and a parent-advocate's dream.

Consider this my impassioned plea.  To my friends and family who have yet to make a donation or join the team, you still have time.  You will be donating to weekly in-home and onsite therapy for Jude and others where parent limitations simply can't adequately serve.  You will also be gaining an advocate for your own causes, because mark my word, Joanna and I know our time to give back will come.

Again, thanks to all those who have already joined our fight.  Continue to support this journey through prayer and positive actions.  We are all starting something special.
The face of our fight
Donate now to Jude's Dudes and the CCVI.
CCVI website
St. Jude: Pray for us.

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