BENEFITING: BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF NYC
ORGANIZER: BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF NYC
I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters back in 2011 when I was challenged by a friend to sign up and I couldn't find a good enough reason not to. I was first matched with a little guy named Moses. We remained matched for two years until he moved down to Pennsylvania. Work was picking up at the time and I decided I would take a break from the program for a bit. A few weeks later I got a call from one of the Directors at BBBS who left a message for me in a serious tone that we needed to discuss something. I would come to find out that she had a friend who had just experienced an emotional trauma no one should ever have to endure: her son, Aubrie, had been murdered.
I am not much a believer in fate but I think people are placed into your life for a reason. I left that phone call with a simple ask, come down and meet Dupri, Aubrie's younger brother.
When I met Dupri, or "Doobie" as I would come to know him, we sat and drew pictures in the BBBS office. He was a quiet, smart and friendly 12 year old. The decision afterwards as to whether I wanted to rejoin the organization and be matched with Doobie was an easy one. After all, I knew a lot going in. I knew the time commitment, I knew the great support I would get from BBBS and I knew the fun activities I might be able to go on with Doobie. What I didn't know was how profoundly it would change my life for the better.
It has been 4 years since Doobie and I first sat in that office. I have watched him grow up in front of my eyes. Not only physically, but his confidence, emotional intelligence and communication skills have grown too. We have had the opportunity to get to know one another through the time we have been able to spend together. We have learned what it's like to have have a complete stranger come into our lives and eventually be considered family. We have had a lot of amazing times together: Playing football on the field at MetLife Stadium, attending Basketball City Camp every year, going to Knicks, Giants and Yankees games and seen plenty of movies, all through the help of Big Brothers Big Sisters providing the experience. Which brings me to the point of this story:
This year I've joined the BBBS Team to run the NYC Marathon. I am hoping to raise money for this great organization that has given me so much to be thankful for. The mantra of BBBS is "The power to change lives" and I don't take that for granted. Please join me in my effort to give back and help BBBS continue on their mission to change the lives of both "Littles" and "Bigs" alike.