Thursday, September 15, 2011

Strangers or Neighbors

The last couple months have taught us a lot about what it means to be part of a community, even in someplace that seems as large and impersonal as the Metropolitan D.C. area. People here move at a fast pace and count themselves fortunate if they drive less that an hour to get to work. We leave as the sun rises and come home late, pulling our cars quietly into garages and driveways and are often strangers to our own neighbors.

My family has been in the unique position to see a different side of our D.C. friends and people across the country. The side that brings people together, unified in a cause with the goal of helping a child. It's been an amazing experience and we are honored to have met so many people who are supportive of Evan and other children working toward getting service dogs. As of right now we, as a community, have raised over $42,000 for 4 Paws for Ability and Evan has met his goal and helped 7 additional children complete their fundraising.

Tonight as I write this, I can't think of a better place to live or nicer people to be surrounded by -- even if I don't always know their names.


  1. Way to GO Evan and family.

    Thanks for having the right spirit and PAWing it forward...

    We let May's pack know on her Facebook page since they helped you too!

  2. I love the stories I hear when I mention that kid. "He's your nephew? That's awesome! ____ just showed me that story/I saw him on the Early Show/I heard about that. . . He's incredible/inspiring/amazing/so funny. . ." and then I hear amazing connections inspired by that young man.
    I've very much appreciated being a part of this whole experience, and meeting the wonderful people who have come out to his book events, and reading the notes they've sent.
    BTW- saw a 4 Paws dog at the hospital today.

  3. Thank you KC!We appreciate the help spreading the word about the contest!