BENEFITING: LAUREN E AVEZZIE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Jan 24, 2016
My name is Josh and I am running the Miami Marathon in January 2016 to help raise for the Lauren E. Avezzie Charitable Foundation!
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." - Fred Rogers
Nearly 10 years ago, January 29, 2006, the world lost one of its helpers when Lauren Avezzie unexpectedly passed away while vacationing on the Caribbean island of Dominica. My wife Jaime and I attended Pepperdine University with Lauren in the early 2000's.
As Lauren and Jaime were two of the few students in Malibu from Connecticut, I had the opportunity to get a chance to know Lauren a bit. In the time we spent together, her compassion for the underprivileged, especially kids, was abundantly evident. I remember one conversation with Lauren distinctly, shortly before Jaime and I got married and ultimately transferred schools.
Lauren sparkled as she shared her involvement with at-risk youth in the Hartford area and I related my experience working with kids in Southern California. We dreamed up a future in which we might ultimately team up back in Connecticut someday. Lauren specifically noted that her mom would be a good person to connect with.
We were in Montana when we received a phone call from our good friend Evan with news of Lauren's death. Later in 2006, we moved back to Connecticut and have often thought about Lauren and her family in the years since, looking forward to a day we may be able to continue working with her, the way we dreamed years ago.
Over the past eight-plus years since our return to Connecticut, Jaime and I have had four children and have lived in four homes, but are now finally settling in a bit. With a little stability and a some consistent sleep for the first time in years, I decided I would begin work on checking off my bucket list agenda item of running a full marathon. But I can't do this alone - no, we will be running this together!
I realize running 26.2 miles is not everyone's thing, but we are seeking your help now. I will be running the Miami Marathon on January 24, 2016, in memory and celebration of Lauren's life. We need you to help sponsor the 26.2 miles with all of the funds raised going to the Lauren E. Avezzie Charitable Foundation.
Though we lost Lauren, her passion and spirit for helping others continues on through her foundation set up by her parents David and Cindi. Through their efforts and the compassion of folks like yourself, Lauren's Foundation is able to donate funds to scholarships and community service awards, food to families in need, books to libraries, help kids go to summer camp, send Christian missionaries domestic and abroad, combat Human Trafficking, fund youth baseball and help other parents grieve their lost children, among other worthy causes here in Connecticut. (visit laurenfund.org for more details).
We are teaming up with Lauren and her family to make a difference here in New England. Will you help us?
You can sponsor a mile of the marathon for $100, a half mile at $50 or even a fifth of a mile at $20! Every little bit will help both Lauren's charitable causes and myself, keeping me focused on the road while training and on the big day knowing we have your support backing us.
Thank you so much for your help!