19 November 2014

Love of a brother

This is my friend Casey, his wife Sarah and their sweet baby girl, Lillian.  Casey is a huge supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and of Bennett's fight against his disease.  This year alone he raised more than $750 for CF.  But I don't think it's necessarily how much he's raised on behalf of Bennett's Brigade that makes his story so touching.  I think it's why he does it:

Casey cares about Bennett.  But he is moved by Oliver.

  This is Casey with his big brother Sonny.  Casey and Sonny were very close growing up.

But shortly after Casey and I graduated high school, Casey lost his brother in a car accident.   

The reason Casey donates to help us find a cure find a cure for Bennett is because he knows what it's like to lose a brother and he never wants Oliver to know that feeling.

Just like Oliver and Bennett have a little sister, so also is there a little sister who joins Casey in missing their big brother.  Sonny, who would be 37 today, is sorely missed.

Casey honors Sonny's memory by helping others.  Casey headed up a softball tournament in Sonny's honor to raise money for a variety of non-profits for many years.  Bennett's Brigade/The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the beneficiary of this softball tournament more than once.

Casey's gift of honoring his brother by helping to save our son is one of the most meaningful gifts anyone could give our family.

Recently, I had the special priviledge of getting to thank Casey and Sarah in person at a Cystic Fibrosis Event in Shreveport, Louisiana.  It was such a delight for me to be able to thank them in person and to share with Casey that his brother, Sonny, is and will forever a part of what we are doing for Bennett. 

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