Friday, March 12, 2010

Why I Run: A Dad's Story

Today's post is by Josh, who will be running at the Central Park Challenge in honor of his little boy Gabriel.



On June 5, I'll participate in the Central Park Challenge 5K run as team captain of "Gabriel's Gang" to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
 
 
Gabriel is my thriving, loving and free-spirited son. Though he has Down Syndrome, Gabriel is chock-full of charisma, color and humor. . .

His teachers and principals call him the 'Mayor of the School' as he struts the hallways and visits offices to check on everyone's day . . .

He rolls and twirls with his brother and sister at home and in parks like playful puppies . . .

He throws, dribbles and catches a ball with eye-catching precision, and takes to the water like a fish . . .

He sings and dances with a showman's confidence, and at the end of the day he tenderly cuddles with the family - nestled warmly between us as he drifts off to sleep.

I'll run the 5K for my son as a testament to his courage, character, strength and milestones -- and as a message of solidarity and advocacy for YAI. It's an important and noble cause, especially in a time of fiscal constraint and tightening government and corporate budgets.

The YAI Network provides life changing services to tens of thousands of people with disabilities and their families each day. Children and adults with disabilities rely on the YAI Network for basic services such as preschools, health care, housing, job training and more in order to reach their fullest potential and be active members of our community. More than ever, the YAI Network needs your support to make sure that they can continue to provide people with disabilities with the services that they need. That is the reason that I am committed to doing all that I can to raise funds and awareness for this important cause.


Please support me in my fundraising efforts today and ensure that the YAI Network can continue to help my son Gabriel and 20,000 other people with disabilities to live, learn, work and grow in our communities.

With deep gratitude,
Josh

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