You may have heard of Carlos Arredondo, he is "the man in the cowboy hat" from the pictures at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line. If you couldn't tell by his acts of courage and bravery, Carlos is one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is also extremely down to earth and just the sweetest guy. His story briefly: in 2004 one of his sons Alex was killed in the Iraq war. The family was stricken by grief and despair, especially Alex's only brother and Carlos's other son Brian. In 2011 Brian took his own life.
This tragedy has not stopped Carlos and his wife Mel from being two wonderful people. Instead of curling up and giving up when all was lost, they fought back. The Arredondo family fund (where all this money is going) is to help people who have lost loved ones in war, to help them get the care and support they may need to keep going. No one should have to go through that alone. A portion of the money is also used to sponsor a scholarship started in the Arredondo brothers' names, to help kids through school and to stay on the right track.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I am so privileged to say that you may of heard of me and that I can use this opportunity to give something back. Together we can make a real difference in real people's lives. What greater gift is there? Be sure to come out Marathon Monday (4/20/15) and give out high fives to the runners!!
With the deepest of gratitude,
Chris Laudani ([email redacted])
- RENE FUERTES
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- Valerie Kelley
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