T-for-Tal (Talmage C. Brock Foundation)

$41,155 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 257 people in 66 months
"T For Tal", -Talmage Cedar Brock Foundation- is in memory of our three year old son who we tragically lost on May 25, 2013 as a result of drowning. Sadly, while playing at a family gathering and surrounded by adults and other children we lost Talmage. In his innocence Tal strayed from the group to the creek to fill a squirt gun, and in an instant he slipped and left us too soon. While he is gone, he never will be forgotten, and he is forever in our hearts.
Our hopes are to raise funds for the Foundation in Tal's honor. All donations will go towards local and national children's benevolences, and also towards promoting water safety awareness.
If you are able to give any size donation to the Foundation, now or in the future, we would be deeply appreciative.


The Brock Family
Arlington, Virginia
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Talmage is always in our thoughts. A nice thank you letter from Overlee Pre-school attached which Talmage attended. He would be in his last year ("Red Bird") if he were with us today. Tonight we think of Overlee as they hold their annual fundraiser and wish them great success.
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Here is a thank you note we received from Infant Swimming Resource in response to directing your generous donations to the cause.

"I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming."
Abraham Lincoln

Dear Brock Family and supporters,

In my 35 years leading ISR forward in an effort to see the day when Not One More Child Drowns, I've had the unfortunate opportunity to speak with families who, like the Brock Family, have experienced the exact tragedy, I've devoted my entire life to trying to prevent.

As a mother myself, privately, I cannot imagine having the strength to turn my own heartbreak into such a significantly positive opportunity for other families to safeguard their children; in that regard, I want all of the donors and supporters, and most of all the Brock Family to know, that your show of support and strength will sustain our ever growing team of Instructors in our effort to spare families the pain with which we know you are all too familiar.

This year, because of your efforts, and your generous donation of $10,000 more children who otherwise may not have been able to participate in lessons will learn to save themselves in the water should the need arise, and that is no small accomplishment. As a family company, the day I spoke with you, Bret, I shared your sentiment and desire to help with several of our staff, and we have several Instructors who would like to donate their time in remembrance of Tal and in thanks to your community wide effort to prevent these tragedies.

I sincerely hope each of you reading this will know in your hearts that a significant difference has been made far and above a monetary donation. Our Instructors will be motivated, and our staff is humbled. We will continue our work, with your help, and touch many more lives together. Again, form the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of the entire organization we sincerely thank the Brock Family, and their supporters, I look forward to updating all of you on the strides we've made as a result of your collective effort.

Very Sincerely Yours,

JoAnn Barnett
President, Infant Swimming Resource
Tal enjoying his 3rd Birthday 4/6/13
Birthday Boy
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Join Us for T-For-Tal Day of Service, April 5 2014, 10am-4pm

In honor of our son Talmage's birthday, our family through the T For Tal Foundation and Walker Chapel will host the first T-For-Tal Day of Service. We will focus on the grounds of Walker Chapel to plant, prune and provide some TLC to this historical Arlington landmark where Talmage rests.

-Focus areas include cemetery and garden beds, social hall, kitchen and sanctuary clean up.
-Sign ups are for 2 hour shifts - kids are welcome and encouraged!
-Please bring your gardening tools: rakes, shovels, trowels, work gloves, shears, chain saws and other pruning tools.

Snacks and refreshments provided for volunteers and our friends at District Taco have graciously offered to provide some delicious lunch tacos and chips and salsa!

We also will have take aways for kids of all ages to include garden seed packets for your home garden, and a Birthday Balloon Launch
Please join us even if its a for a few minutes!

If you cannot attend but would still like to contribute or share information regarding the foundation please visit www.T-For-Tal.com

Questions regarding this event? Contact Liesl Wright: wrightdiscipline@comcast.net

To sign up online go to:
Easter Egg Hunt @ Walker Chapel 2013
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Thanks to everyone for all of the support that has been given over the last 7+ months. I certainly don't only mean donations alone. Our family has been blessed and uplifted in countless ways through prayers, meals, notes, gifts and so much more. Again, without our community we would not be where we are today. Thank you!

2014 offers much hope and promise for our family and the foundation. We hope to quickly reach our initial goal of $20,000 for the foundation, but it won't stop there. Through 2014 and the coming years, we look to partner and support charitable causes such as Infantswim.com (a provider of survival swimming lessons for children aged 6 months to 6 years in age). We also, have ideas for community service, and additional future active fundraising events such as a charity Golf Tournament. Please stay in touch, and check back with us as the foundation begins to grow. We will have an informational website running at www.T-for-Tal.com in the coming months.

For now, I will leave you with a helpful link to share regarding water safety which was left by a friend on the ARLnow.com website after the story of the foundation had been posted.

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$41,155 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 257 people in 66 months
Created December 13, 2013
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Gregory Giesler
2 days ago

Thinking of Tal and the Brock family this time of year... from the Gieslers

Greg Giesler
16 months ago

All the best to the Brock family from the Gieslers

Scott McClean
16 months ago
Teena Cregan
24 months ago
Tori Rittinger
24 months ago

Thinking of you all and sweet Tal today. Xoxo Jim & Tori

The Snyders
24 months ago

So sorry to have to miss this special event. Thinking of all of you and wishing you many blessings.

Rachel Burns
24 months ago


Mike Morgan
37 months ago

It seems each year we are schedule conflicted. Gymnastics meets in Virginia Beach this year. Hopefully next year we can make it!

Mark Webster
37 months ago

Jen, Anna, and myself all wish the Foundation much success !

37 months ago
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