Surf Your Heart Out!

Why I Support The 100 Wave Challenge

 

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Friends!

I am not sure if you are aware, but I am participating in the 100 Wave Challenge again this year which is an extremely cool fundraiser that supports Boys to Men Mentoring, an organization that goes into public schools and mentors fatherless/and or at-risk boys. I am a mentor and I have seen firsthand what the results are, and believe me, you’d be glad that we reached these boys.  I know I feel better about putting better quality young men out on the streets.  If you have already seen my request for support, I apologize.  But this cause is so great that I am stepping into the area of being a bit relentless and quite possible offensive.  But to me, It’s worth it.

Many of you who know me know the story of my father.  He left us when I was very young.  I still struggle to understand the details.  All I know is that, growing up, not knowing my dad affected me in a big way.  I’ve only seen him twice since.  Once at 13, after almost a decade of not seeing him, my oldest brother detoured us to his house one day. During that meeting, my dad pushed a plate in front of me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a steak dinner.  It was Crystal Meth my brother was selling for him.  Yes, he made me try it.  Interesting encounter for a me at the time.

The second, was over 30 years later, 10 months after my mother took her life to alcoholism and depression via suicide.  I was informed that he was alive and was given his contact.  I mustered up the courage to call him.  I wanted answers.  But mostly, I wanted closure.  The subject of my dad had taunted me my entire life.  We met at a seedy bar in Tustin.  He bought me a beer and handed me a birthday card with a $100 bill in it. He was so impressed with himself that he remembered my birthday had just passed a day before.  Not halfway through that Budweiser, I knew I would never speak to him again.  He hadn’t changed.  But this time it would be my choice not his.  

I share this story with you because I want you to know why I am asking for your help.  I have recently been making it a life priority to clear the wreckage of my past and to find peace within.  I have made a conscious decision to no longer feel sorry for myself, but to learn and grow from my path instead. Helping these boys helps me heal. If I can make a difference in a young boy's life so that he can grow up better than the dad he was dealt, then I am going to give it a varsity effort.  I also volunteer as a mentor for Boys to Men. Seeing a scared teen sport a big bad attitude and act like he doesn’t care turn into a respectful kind, caring, and trusting kid is an incredible thing to witness over the course of a school year. We can’t reach all of them, but the ones that we do reach are going to enter the world as better men than their fathers.  And don’t we all need that in our society?  

Here’s what I am going to do: I am attempting to catch 100 waves in one day and raise $20,000 for Boys to Mentoring.

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Please consider making a donation to my page and help me support these young men who are working to be the best they can be!

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More About Boys to Men

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When Boys to Men Mentoring began in 1996, the devastation of fatherlessness on our community fueled their desire to support fatherless teenage boys as they transitioned into adulthood. A boy without a dad in his life is disproportionately more likely to drop out of high school, end up in prison, and commit suicide. Since then, BTM has grown to provide weekly mentorship to teenage boys from all walks of life looking for positive men empower them to be the best they can be.

Today, BTM facilitates weekly group mentoring at over 36 middle and high schools across San Diego County for over 800 teenage boys. To learn more, please visit www.boystomen.org.

What is Boys to Men Mentoring?

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  • Terry 3 weeks ago $52.50
  • Brad God Bless the B2M staff for their tireless commitment to fatherless at risk youth. Thank you for letting me be a part of your efforts to help bring solid, respectful, and kind men into a society that drastically needs responsible male role models. 3 weeks ago $2,000.00
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  • Brad God Bless the B2M staff for their tireless commitment to fatherless at risk youth. Thank you for letting me be a part of your efforts to help bring solid, respectful, and kind men into a society that drastically needs responsible male role models. 3 weeks ago $2,000.00
  • Terry 3 weeks ago $52.50
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