things we take for granted

My soon to be brother in law sent a facebook message today asking for donations and support for his upcoming triathlon. Team Benjamin, named lovingly after his nephew, will be competing again this year and is hoping to reach a goal of 5,000 dollars.

Benjamin has cerebral palsy. But don’t for a second think that gets him down.
From Mike:

Once again I am participating in the Cleveland Triathlon to raise money for the United Cerebral Palsy Center of Greater Cleveland, where [as you know] my nephew Benjamin has received therapy and has made such wonderful progress over the past three years.

You may have generously supported us in the past and I am hoping you would consider doing so again this year. If you haven’t supported us before I am requesting that you take a moment to read this letter and please consider making a donation. One thing I want to assure you of is that your money has been put to good use. Benjamin has made amazing progress in the past 12 months with the help of the therapists, equipment, training and love he receives at UCP. His accomplishments and milestones this year alone include:

* Learing to walk with a walker and by holding an adult hand (video from our vacation: and at home: AND getting into his walker unassisted:

* Developing the balance and leg strength needed to stand up without assistance: (this one is cool).

* Participating in the Special Olympics for the first time (videos:;

* Starting to say intentional words – ok so we don’t have video of this, but Benjamin has learned to say words like “Emily”, “Elmo”, and “On” (as in “turn my TOY ON!!)

This couldn’t happen without the generous support of people like you. If you are able to donate again this year, donations can be made at Also, If you’ve taken the time to read this email I really encourage you see the video here ( It really shows the benefits UCP has made on our life.

Thank you so much for your support.

Your Friend, Mike

So many things that we take for granted. I watch my kids every day, running, playing, drawing, speaking. Normal, every day things. Benjamin has to work 10x harder than any other kid his age.

Please, take the time. Donate, so other kids can have the normal lives that the other kids in your life have.



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Two sisters from two misters. What could be more fun?

Posted on July 19, 2010, in Bright Ideas, Cassie. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Soon-to-be brother-in-law?! Wait! Carly’s engaged?! What?!

    Also: Go Benjamin!

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