two significant people in my life have inspired me with their passion for life,
and drive to overcome adversity:
Michael Fishbein and Darren Eastmond
i am fundraising for two charities relating to both Michael and Darren
CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
Michael, my brother in law, has been one of my best friends for 15 years. In addition to being an amazing brother, he is a father, musician, athlete, and an active and important member in his community. He also has cystic fibrosis. Because of his personal drive, support from family and friends, and advances medical research, Michael is healthy, in his thirties, with two newborn boys. I hope that with future research, children born with cystic fibrosis will be able to lead longer, healthier lives.
CAMP PRIDE AND OTHER PROJECTS IN HONOR OF DARREN EASTMOND
Darren Eastmond was one of the most fun, caring, passionate and full of life people I have ever known; he was "all teeth and smiles and a laugh so amazing that it echoed in your mind long after you had left his company. He had an inner light and shine that made you feel almost blessed to know him." I was dating Darren when he passed away unexpectedly in December. The causes are unknown, but could be linked to his diabetes. Darren was not defined by his disease, but by his passions in life (water polo, dentistry, family and friends, and Barbados, his home). Darren excelled at everything he did, and was thankful for all the opportunities that allowed him to do so, including his education in the UK.
We are looking to honor Darren and celebrate his life in a number of ways. Over time, we will be selecting and working with a few charities that both help those in need, and are also connected to Darren's passions. Money donated will go to these organizations and charities, assisting with some of the things Darren cared about: Barbados, education and water polo, to name a few. If you would like more information about your donation please feel free to conact me.
The first project is 'Camp Pride'. About to return to Barbados, Darren was going to help out with a camp for young diabetics in Barbados. The camp aims to provide otherwise unattainable opportunities for these children, including education and scholarships. Money raised will be donated to the camp, specifically to fund education for young diabetics in Barbados.