| Three Proud Moments
The editor just received an email from Nagawicka about a special cause which brought her pause but also provided an opportunity to recap three examples of our marvelous youth.
As Fleet Captain of Nagawicka's X Team this year, I decided to head up a project to benefit our community. Backed by my team, the NLYC Sailing School has been selling SAILSTRONG bracelets throughout the summer. The bracelets sell for $3 each and 100% of the profits benefit the MACC Fund and the fight against childhood cancer.
The inspiration for this project came early this spring when a close friend to me and many of Nagawicka's X sailors and the cousin of one of our skippers was diagnosed with cancer. "Cancer" had new meaning after watching my friend's battle with it. Chemo took it's toll physically and emotionally as his life was put on hold. After lots of prayer and thought, we started discussing what the MACC Fund was doing for other kids in this situation so I decided to propose a MACC Fund benefit to the sailors for this summer... and so, "Project SAILSTRONG '11" began.
Since early May, Nagawicka sailors have been wearing their SAILSTRONG bracelets and selling them to family, friends, and even people we meet at regattas. The project has had great success so far but we're looking for your support. I was hoping we would be able to sell these bracelets at the ILYA Championships this week. I will be in contact with Mrs. Osmundson for availability at regatta social events but I was hoping we might be able to have the bracelets available for sale at your registration table. At the WYA at NLYC this past weekend we had the bracelets available for sale at registration and at the bar throughout the weekend with a great response to the project. This is much appreciated. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I look forward to seeing you this week, and we are all looking forward to a great Inland!
Thank you very much,
When you sail by Beulah X boats or C boats this season, note the pink breast cancer ribbons on the transom of the boats. Thank you to John Sullivan, dad of three X boaters, for reminding our youth of events larger than sailing. Beulah's fleets are proudly wearing the ribbon for one of our moms.
When serving as PRO at the ILYA Champs, I noticed a new green fleeter wearing a breast cancer event shirt. With words to the effect of "support my aunt", the editor gave the young accomplished sailor an opportunity to explain his shirt at the awards presentation, He was a natural speaker at a young age and told the story of his aunt, who later unknowingly turned out to be the mom of one of our finest sailors in the X fleet.