Jake has made me a better man!
I ask you to join me on a mission to provide hope, achievement, and opportunity to the most courageous of all our children: those deeply effected by challenges many of us couldn’t imagine enduring.
I have seen firsthand the struggles and minimized opportunities these children face on a daily basis. As many of you know, my brother, Josh, is one of these amazing life warriors. Josh has UP Syndrome (nothing keeps him down so I refuse to use the word). I spent my entire life competing in sports. Even through winning championships, playing at a high level in college, and now assuming my newest challenge; I have yet to realize the amazing achievements I see in my brother every day. He is my inspiration and a role model to us all.
Today is an opportunity to help those who deserve a chance at living a full and complete life. I believe deeply in this cause and will be putting my body where my mouth is.
I will compete in my FIRST AMATEUR BOXING tournament on Oct 4th in the Bad Boy Fight Night (http://www.badboyfights.com/) to raise money for children like my brother Josh.
THIS IS NOT A CHARITY FIGHT WITH OVERSIZE FAKE GLOVES! THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!
Why did I choose to do an AMATEUR BOXING TOURNAMENT? These kids must fight every day for things we take for granted! I have never done anything like this before and I can tell you I am scared at times and during my training I’ve reconsidered (getting hit in the face will do that).
However, anyone affected by a disability faces the exact same emotions every day of their life! At the end of the day you can choose to fight or choose to do nothing. I am hoping you will choose to join me in this fight by perhaps giving up a luxury in your day like a cup of coffee for these kids and donate that money to my efforts.
“The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.” (Unknown)
My mission is to raise $25,000 for The OM Foundation. This incredible and selfless organization is the purest example of people caring for others.
The OM Foundation was started in 2008 by Bonner Paddock, the first person with cerebral palsy to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and the only man with cerebral palsy to complete Iron Man Kona. His mission sprouted from an inspirational story of helping raise awareness and has blossomed into a global organization focused on empowering children with disabilities and their families to live beyond limits.
I will give everything I have in my fights for this cause as I realize it’s the very least I can do for those fighting each day to do the simple things we take for granted.
Please help me in any way you can by supporting my efforts to raise money for the OM Foundation.
Please forward this link to anyone you may know who may be able to help this cause!
All donations are tax deductible and everything will go to the OM Foundation including any prize money.
If you are interested in coming to the fight on Oct 4th at Fort McDowell Casino please email me ASAP so I can assist you with getting tickets.
Thank you very much for your time and support.
“The Challenge of YOUR LIFE is to find out HOW FAR YOU CAN TAKE IT.” (Bonner Paddock)
I would like to thank my boxing coaches: Coach Wil Beech and Ernie Hinojoss at TNT MMA Training Center (www.tntbjj.com/)
This entire endeavor wouldn’t have been possible if not for the best strength coach, George Butler! If you want to see how far you can take it, I encourage you to call George at (602) 301-8005 or email him at [email protected]