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Danny Rosenberg
on behalf of Michael Schultz
 TARZANA, CA
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August 19, 2017
Hello everyone. Today is Ari "Danger" Day - A Celebration of Life. Wanted to share the details in case you can make it. I will be there and would love meet you in person, please find me and say hello. Thank You!
---Event Details:
If you are in the Boston area COME JOIN US for Ari “Danger” Day, an afternoon of music, activities, food and drink to celebrate the life of young Ari Schultz. Ari "Danger" Schultz was an inspiration to us all because he lived life to it's fullest, always with a smile on his face.

This fun and exciting event, sponsored by The Greg Hill Foundation and Battle Road Brewing Company, will celebrate Ari's life and help support the Schultz family. Free parking and shuttle service just down the road at Honey Pot Hill Orchards, 138 Sudbury Rd., Stow, MA).

You can now purchase tickets through EventBrite at https://aridangerday.eventbrite.com/

Highlights include:
- Battle Road BBQ menu: 2 mini sliders/Sliced brisket with mac 'n cheese/Ribs with coleslaw (Food served from 1pm -5pm)
- Additional food from area food trucks
- Variety of brews/wine from Battle Road Brewing Company,
- Wachusett Brewing Company, Bolton Beer Works, Nashoba Winery. (Beer/wine service ends at 6pm)
- Live music featuring The Road Dawgs (at 5ish), Stow's very own Pompo (at 2ish), The Elements (at 12:30ish), and Wendy Darling and the Lost Boy (at 11:30ish) Times subject to change.
- Kids activities/games (including a visit from Paw Patrol)
- Volleyball, corn hole, bocce, horseshoes, swimming
- And more

- Approximately 80 premium parking spots at Pine Bluff ($10 at event on first come first serve basis) (Limited handicap/elderly parking available at Pine Bluff)
- Free parking just down the road at Honey Pot Orchards (138 Sudbury Rd., Stow, MA) with free shuttle to Pine Bluff
- Rain or shine event - no pets please
Other major sponsors include:
- Honey Pot Orchards
- PepsiCo
- Foxy Travel
- Wachusett Brewing Company
- Bolton Beer Works
- Nashoba Winery
- And numerous other supporters

Learn more about Ari at echoofhope.org
Learn more about rebuilding Ari’s home at https://www.erland.com/ari.html
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Hello Ari Family,
Mike posted an incredible heartwarming tribute to Ari called, “To Ari, On Your Tenth Birthday.”
While I could copy and paste the message below, I ask that you click to read it directly. The images, descriptions and captions truly capture a life lived to the fullest in such a short time; and also what that life could have been.

Even as I type this update, I am wiping the tears from my eyes and fog from my glasses. This post is incredibly personal and moving. Please let it serve as a reminder to hold your family close, love them and cherish each and every moment.

The full post can be found here: https://echoofhope.org/2017/08/04/to-ari-on-your-tenth-birthday/
(copy and paste the link above in your browser if you have any problems)

Thank you all for being part of this journey in love and life. I will continue to send updates

With much gratitude and appreciation,
Danny
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It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart, I am letting you know that Ari passed away peacefully this evening listening to the Red Sox.

There is more information and updates located on the Ari Danger Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/dangerschultz/

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all of you.

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BIG NEWS - ARI IS GOING HOME!
Please see the most recent update from Mike’s blog and have your tissues ready…
All the best,
Danny

Sparkle and Shine, June 15, 2017
by Mike Schultz

People often live life quietly. They’re born, go to school, grow up, have their fun, make their mistakes, have their struggles, get married, have a career, make more mistakes, retire, and call it a day. A rare few, however, live life unbelievably. They shine bright. They don’t do anything small.

Some may think it a bit much to say this about a 5 year old, but this is Ari. He doesn’t just shine, he sparkles. Wherever he goes, he lifts up everyone around him.

For the last 188 days, confined to the halls of Boston Children’s Hospital, he hasn’t gone far. Yet, at the same time, he’s lived a life far more rich and full than many of us ever will. He’s been on over 50 medications, had upwards of 10 operations including one open heart transplant, and one emergency surgery to place him on life support.

When he arrested on March 22 we had no idea if Ari would come back to us at all. And, if he did, whether our little boy would still be anything near the same. Against all odds, he did. He’s here.

A few days ago we were talking about basketball off season. I said maybe the Celtics would make a big trade and get someone like Blake Griffin (not that I want him), and could sign a free agent like Gordon Hayward. He said he thinks the Celtics will sign LeBron. I said I’d guess LeBron would play another year for the Cavs, and then probably go to LA.

He said, “Well, different people, different opinions.”

Now that he’s up on his feet he’s back to playing baseball. And golf. And hockey. And hoops. And any sport you can think of not called soccer. Soccer is a no go with Ari.

Tomorrow, which Ari has renamed “FriYay!”should the stars continue to align, he’ll be able to do all of these things at home. 189 days inpatient. 314 days since he was listed for a heart transplant. 2,073 days since his first heart surgery before he was born.

He still has huge hills to climb. We’ll go home on 21(!) medications, not counting the IV infusions he’ll need every two weeks, and the oxygen he’ll be on either full or part time for a while. We’ll be back on Monday for a cardiac catheterization and biopsy, hopefully heading home shortly thereafter.


This weekend, however, we’ll be doing it all at the Sudbury Home (a.k.a. our rental house). Maybe he’ll actually sleep, too. Our window at the hospital faces east. He wakes up every morning around 5 and says, “Dad, it’s morning time. Can we order breakfast yet?”

He doesn’t mind waking me up, but don’t wake him up. A few days ago he was Skyping with Lexi in the afternoon, said he was tired, and had to go. She said, “I’ll call you back when you are sleeping.”

To which he replied, “You better not! I’ll wake up in such a fuss.”

But, you know, don’t worry about waking us up at 5 or anything, Ari.

Visitors will be strictly limited for some time as his immune system is still extremely suppressed. He’ll wear a mask for months in public.

Meanwhile, it looks like a Red Sox game this season at Fenway is a good possibility.

It’s been the great privilege of my life to live at the hospital with Ari for the last 6 months. (Now more than 400 days all in.) I can’t exactly say it’s been a happy time, but as Emerson said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Years ago I don’t think I’d have suspected I’d say this about living at the hospital with an extremely medically fragile child, but that’s how it panned out. I wouldn’t change a thing. And he’s the one that makes the difference. Through it all, he’s lived and lived well.

From here forward, Ari, along with a little person who gave Ari the gift of life, will have a chance to live well like the rest of us. Go to school, grow up, have fun, make mistakes, have struggles and so on.

I don’t know what any of that will be, and I don’t know for how long. I am, however, certainly looking forward finding out, and am forever grateful for every day of sparkle and shine yet to come.
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