Hi Everyone! For those I haven't met yet, my name is Amanda (David Mundy's girlfriend) and I'm taking care of the t-shirts for people who donated $50 and above. We ordered some mediums, larges, and XL and are just going to give people whatever size they need when they collect their shirts.
The t-shirts have Madison's name and life dates on it and the back says "beat the addiction for Maddy Mads". His family approved the design before production and we all hope to start raising awareness through the shirts.
I will be passing out the shirts at the reception @ Kilroys this Saturday. If you can not make it and know you donated over $50 please have someone grab it for you. Whatever isn't collected at the end we are going to give away to anyone who wants them (it will be too hard to track down people).
Some of you that donated have addresses out of the state and David and I weren't sure if you're going to make the trip. If you are one of these people and want your shirt please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can arrange shipping for you.
***We will have extras if you didn't donate enough to be on the tshirt list so just talk to me at the reception and I'll let you know if we still have some. I want the people who donated above $50 to have first dibs on sizes.
Thank you all for helping out Madison's family and donating to help others. He's lucky to have had so many great people in his life.
Well, we are at $6,010 and you guys have bankrupted me because I owe just a ridiculous amount of beers and shirts. I never expected this kind of reaction with the words, the prayers and the donations. Whereas we are in mourning for our beloved friend, we should also be in celebration of ourselves and of each other because look at what has happened here. In a world blinded by hate, violence, war, greed, poverty you guys have all become my eyes and I now see the world for the beauty that can be. This is a phenomenal thing that has been accomplished and I hope each and every person that has selflessly donated money, a prayer or a kind word knows that when that ill fated day comes, Madison will be there with a red bearded smile and open arms. I really do love you all. Happy Valentine's Day, a day I will now always associate with true love.
I have begun to collect donations to help pay for Madison's funeral service. Money is tight around these times and I know Madison wouldn't want to burden anybody with costly expenses. I figured if everyone could help, we could lighten the load for his parents in their time of grief.
Left over money, if we reach our goal, will be donated to drugfree.org in order to help teens and young adults beat their addictions. One of Madison's goals was to become a drug counselor and help kids beat the addiction that eventually took his life, so I think this would be a good way to honor him.
Did you know the compassionate man Madison was? My younger brother is in rehab as I speak trying to fight his own battle with the same addiction that stole our friend. He is headed down the same forked street, following the same route. Madison, a few weeks ago, reached out to my little brother and spoke with him, listened to him and related to him in a way I never could because I don't understand the disease. He told my brother to keep up the fight, and that relapses were almost inevitable but to never give up. He reinforced the fact that he has a family who loved him and would stand by him and that he was strong enough to beat it. He let my little brother know that he was not alone and could call upon him anytime for advice or just to shoot the shit. That was the man Madison was. That was the man this world lost. That was the man that no matter my failures, I will try to emulate for the rest of my days until I join him in heaven.
Madison was a friend to everybody and anybody so please help his family and his cause by donating whatever amount you can spare.