This campaign has certainly been a Labor of Love. We are 6 months into our campaign and closing in on half way to our fundraising goal. When our team kicked off this effort early this year we knew it would be a marathon, not a sprint. Our goal has always been to get Rob upright by his 10 year injury date which is December 10, 2019. It amazes me daily…the commitment, kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity of so many that have donated to getting our boy up and out of his wheelchair.
Rob continues to train at Sheltering Arms in the Indego walking system. His strength and overall health has certainly improved since he began standing and walking regularly. We recently attended his wheelchair lacrosse national tournament in NY. For the first time since he’s been playing WLAX, Rob scored a few goals and his passing game was impressive. We know these improvements are due to his increased physical well being.
We are now closing in on the final weeks of preparation for our big event in NJ. The event titled “STAND WITH ROB – Rockin at the Jersey Shore” will be held on Sept 21st in Brick NJ. We’ve secured space in a park on a river with a bandstand and large grass area. Local musicians have committed to perform while we serve food, beer/wine, hold a gift auction and a competitive corn hole tournament. Info on that event can be found on our website www.standwithrob.org Our Jersey team is on fire, so many feet on the ground making this event a success.
Our fundraising total as of today is $34,228 and we expect to be at $50k after the NJ event. There has been some discussion around a potential Halloween Costume Party benefit in Richmond so please stay tuned for more info on that. As I’ve mentioned to some of you, once we are at the $50k mark I plan to write a grant to an organization that supports individuals with rare and chronic diseases. Rob is the perfect fit but their requirements are for applicants to prove that we have exhausted other fundraising efforts. I know we’ve got a compelling and heart warming story to tell and I’m confident we will get to our end goal of $90k by Robs anniversary date this December.