July 25, 2017
How much does an average wish cost? Yes, it does have a price tag and it's about 7500.00 dollars. I know that because that's what I was told by a reliable source. Sure enough when I added up the price tag of my wish I found that it was going to come close to that number. It is however priceless to the recipient.
My name is Anthony Crasa, son and employee of a local business owner in the Hudson Valley. Perhaps you are familiar with our small gas station and repair shop in Monroe; AC Service Center also known since 1959 as Tony's Mobil station.
I am 49 years old and I am married with two children. I am currently enrolled to run the 2017 Lake Placid Ironman. A 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride followed by a 26.2 mile marathon run. I am frightened! I will toe the start line nervous and uncertain of what lies before me. Never have I completed one, much less all three events in one day. However, to cross the finish line is my sincerest wish. I wish to test myself, to reach into the abysmal depths of my soul to touch my spirit. To debase and vitiate myself while at the same time attempting to elevate myself to a higher level of awareness. To bring myself to a level of clarity that I have not yet known, that I may learn by it. Pain, anguish and fatigue both mentally and physically are inevitable. Will I finish? Will I give in and collapse? Will I endure? Am I strong? Am I weak? Will my body suffer an irreparable injury? I am indeed frightened and humbled. I do have hope for the finish line and that hope, that light is what drives all of us and is what makes all things possible.
I am blessed and fortunate with two healthy children who are the light in my life. Children who have enabled me to live another life through their eyes. As a parent we are fortunate to be able to enjoy another facet of life, a perspective of life through our children. As parents we too experience our child's joys, sorrows and problems.
Every day there are thousands of children to whom I imagine suffer the same fears and anxieties that I have just related. Sick and infirm children who; "toe the start line". Children who cling to hope as they are nervous and uncertain of they're future. Children who are no stranger to mental and physical pain, anguish and fatigue. Children who worry and wonder; "How much will I suffer today? Am I strong enough? Am I weak? Will I give in and collapse? Will I endure?" Children whose sincerest wish is to vanquish they're infirm convalesce, that they may live a normal life. Children who wish, if only for a moment, to step out darkness and into the light of hope. Children we can help by fueling the light of hope to make them stronger and to make them feel that anything is possible with a simple wish.
A wish granted to the right recipient represents the theological virtues of faith, hope and love. I believe these to be necessary and strong virtues of healing and of life in general. Instead of the proverbial "I don't care" that is all too often heard, these virtues that fall on the exposed heart of those in need say, "I Care".
Ninety two percent of your donation to Make -A- Wish Hudson Valley will help make real the wish of a Hudson Valley child. Eight percent will be withheld for the Ironman Foundation operating costs. Be the change you wish to see in the world and give for the welfare and hope of a child.
Know this, as I swim, cycle and run I will keep your kindly donations and joy of making a child's wish come true close to my heart as it drives me forward. Your donation will help to change the world for the better today! It will help me directly to train harder, look to the future and to the finish line. It will directly give to a child and loving parent the hope, strength and joy that we take for granted every day. Thank you!
If you have any questions, please email IRONMAN@CrowdRise.com and we'll help solve everything.