One thing that I missed a blogging opportunity about was to share something that is very near & dear to my heart, but better late than never, right?
When Michael’s birthday was approaching, I was wracking my brain trying to come up with some gift ideas for the guy who has everything. Sure, I could buy him new shoes or a jersey or clothes or take him to dinner, but I’m all about sentiments so I wanted to do something more personal, too.
A couple of months ago, Michael had mentioned to me that he’s always wanted to setup an organization in his dad’s honor to help raise awareness for ALS, but just wasn’t sure how to get started. This year, the ALS walk in Richmond actually fell on Michael’s 30th birthday, so I thought it would be the perfect gift if I could build a website to help get him started and reveal it to him before we left for the walk. I’m no web design pro or anything, but with the help of some basic HTML knowledge and maybe a half-eye for design, I was able to create a website to help jumpstart this organization. My original plan was to do all of the work to get it up and running by 10/24, but I realized that I didn’t know a lot about ALS myself, so I needed his help. I told him of my idea over Labor Day weekend, and together, we created the Ride the Wave Foundation. You can view the website here. We shared it with friends and family about two weeks prior to the walk, and we were able to raise over $800 in his dad’s honor to go towards research. I am so proud of him for wanting to do this, and I’m just happy to have been able to play a small part in this.
With the walk being over, we will now be focusing on transitioning the foundation into a full-fledged non-profit organization where we can raise money directly in his name, rather than re-directing to the ALS walk website (more to come on this). He’s always wanted to start a golf tournament as well, so hopefully this will be a good tool in getting the word out and hopefully planning a fun and rewarding event sometime next year.
If you have a few minutes to spare, please check out Ride the Wave. Even though I never had the pleasure of meeting his dad, it’s certainly a cause near & dear to my heart because it affects the ones I love so much.