UPDATE – June 9th! The new fundraiser starts today! Click here for details on my new Hip Hop Abs “Chisel Challenge” and help support the Sweet Dreams Fund.
Today marks one year since my wife’s cousin lost her mother, daughter, and son at the hands of a brutal and heartless ex-husband.
He had sworn to get revenge after she left him and his abuse, but no one expected the news that would come in the early hours of June 8th, 2009.
The entire family is still reeling from the magnitude of the loss and still trying to understand how a father could brush aside his love for his children and inflict the ultimate pain. Today is a hard day for my wife and her family, and most certainly Marci, who has proven to be resilient and inspiring in the face of such tragedy.
I was filled with rage after all of this transpired and I vowed to do something about it. A few days later, after speaking with some domestic violence shelters, my Sweet Dreams Fund was born.
To raise money, I offered to videotape me doing the Flirty Girl Fitness workout program if $500 was raised. I even vowed to work out with a pink feather boa if $1,000 was raised, which was achieved shortly thereafter. The women behind Flirty Girl Fitness even donated another $800 to the cause as they found the video series both entertaining and touching.
Early this year, the students at the school where my wife’s father teaches, held a fundraiser and raised more than $2,500 for the Sweet Dreams Fund. It was truly amazing.
Tomorrow, I’ll be announcing my new fundraiser in a push to raise at least $1,000. I know it’s not a ton of money but I’m not a major charity. Just a guy trying to make a difference, even if it’s a small one. If even one child smiles where he or she would otherwise cower, it’s worth it to me.
Some have already donated in anticipation and that level of generosity floors me. I’ll be vlogging the assembly of the Goodnight Sleep Kits so that you can see just how powerful and comforting these can be. You’ll all be a part of it and together we can raise enough money for 100 more Goodnight Sleep Kits.
With your support, 100 more children who arrive at domestic violence shelters to escape abuse, will be greeted with their own pillow, pillowcase, coloring book, box of crayons, and teddy bear.
I hope you’ll join me, even if you can only afford to tweet it out, as this fundraiser should prove to be funny, empowering, and inspirational.
See you tomorrow, and please extend your thoughts and prayers to Marci here on earth, and to Macy, James IV, and Margaret up in heaven.