Let's Get Richie To The Cubbies Game
Anyone who knows Rich, knows he is a DIE HARD Cubbies fan. Total fanatic. Ain't no 'bandwagon' BS here. Through all the losses (yes, there have been many) he wakes up every day with a smile on his face and an unwavering love for this team.... HIS team.
I can't say I totally understand it... in actuality, there's not a darn thing about it that I comprehend. But this passion he has had for the game of baseball since he was a little boy has blessed us in so many ways. It parallels with the passion he lives his life with. We have all witnessed his dedication to the community, local baseball leagues, schools, local theatre, singing groups... the list goes on. Whatever this man does, he does it with passion.
A few months ago, my family planned a trip to Chicago with hopes that the Cubs would make it to the World Series. They didn't plan on buying tickets as they figured they would be exorbitantly priced....Richie just wanted to BE in Chi-Town listening to the crowd's cheer from the rooftop deck a few blocks away from Wrigley. This Friday, my family will hop on their flight from LAX ---> ORD and it is my dream for Richie have a ticket to the game in-hand.
Today we fly that W with pride. As always, I thank you for your love and support.
With love from a daughter just trying to send her dad to a Cubs Game.
I am so blown away by the people that do not know Rich but have made generous donations!!! I feel so happy every time I look to see where we are at!!! What a great community of friends ans supporters of a dream and of a family that has poured out so much love, time, and energy into so many of us!!! This just blesses me so much!!!!!!! I love reading everyones messages!!! I cannot wait for the weekend so we can see all of the pictures from Chicago!!!!!
I wanted to leave a copy of the post I left on Facebook. Thank you all: I don't know where to begin or what to say. This day has been a blur, looking at the world with tears in my eyes from morning until evening. Yesterday, basically against Laura's wishes, and without my knowledge at all, my daughter Lauryn set up a GoFundMe with the sole purpose of raising money to send me to a Cubs World Series Game. The Cubs are one of my passions. I have loved the game of baseball and the Chicago Cubs since I can remember. My dream as a child was to play for the Cubs. Throughout this magical season, many of us Cubs fans' dreams were answered when the Cubs made it to their first World Series since 1945. We decided to buy airline tickets last month just to be in Chicago. To feel the electricity of the city. To stand along side of what I consider the most incredible place on earth to watch the game of baseball. But we knew that going to the game was out of the question. Ticket prices are the highest in World Series history. But Lauryn decided that I needed to be there. I try to make humility one of my most important character traits. I am no better than anyone else on this planet. By the time I found out about the GoFundMe, it was already at $1000. My first instinct was to have Lauryn remove it and refund everyone's money. But I know that Lauryn did this out of love, and as I expressed my uncertainty to some of you, unanimously, I was told to accept it with the same love in which it was presented. In our home, we've discussed how we believe this site should be used for important things. Needs. Not desires. Not luxuries. Things that help people who just cannot help themselves. We were both also taught that if you don't have enough money to do something, you don't do it. If you want something bad enough, plan and save for it. We never planned for this. Fast forward to today. I felt very awkward knowing that friends and family are donating money to this. Embarrassed, humbled. I wanted to crawl under a rock. Throughout the day, more and more people shared the link to the page, and the dollar amounts began to rise, which made me even more uncomfortable. The money was one thing, but it was your comments filled with love and support that put me over the edge and had me emotional all day. I cannot begin to tell you how much love is in my heart for you all. The things I have done in the past to volunteer are the same things that so many other people have done before. And I just kept asking myself, "Why me?" I still don't understand. But this I do know: - I have a daughter that makes me without question, the most proud father in the world. When you talk about someone who just gives and gives and gives to the community, to her family, to her friends, Lauryn is the gold standard. I'll never be able to fully express just how much this means to me. And how many times I will think about this between now and the day I die. Child, I love you will every ounce of my heart. You work so hard and have become a pillar in our community at such a young age. People look up to you and respect you. Add me to that list. I love you so much. - I have a wife who supports my every dream. None of this would have even come to fruition if Laura hadn't booked tickets to Chicago for this weekend while I was at work. Before the GoFundMe was put up, Laura exhausted every way possible to get tickets for the game, and cried when we came to the realization that it wasn't going to be possible. Thank you for always putting everyone else first before yourself. And you ALWAYS do. You created a wonderful mold for your daughter to model herself after. She may have inherited your stubbornness, but she also inherited your heart. I love you so much. - I have family and friends that have made me the richest man in the world. I am surrounded by people with hearts as big as mountains, who go out of their way to love. I have tried to contact each of you personally today for you donations, and I am very far behind. I promise that each of you will get a call or text or inbox from me. Your dollar amounts pale in comparison to your words of love and support. I cried more than once (or 40 times) today reading each of your notes or posts or replies. I am blessed to have each and every one of you in my life. I truly mean that. Everything that was said and done today was out of love. I can never fully express to you just how much you all mean to me. I love you all so much. - I have learned that receiving is as important, but much, much harder than giving. So many of you made that clear today. Thank you all for that. - I recalled a conversation that I had with our friend Erika Scotti a few months back. We were talking about how I got to California from Chicago, and somehow the conversation changed to the fact that I felt like I had never achieved the things in life that I could have.