We’re here, we’ve made it to three years and what a crazy ride its been. If you would have asked me three years or definitely ten years ago if this is was where i was going to be I would have said you’re crazy! Three years ago I was pressing buttons and setting up the initial pieces for the website as we camped on vacation. Unfortunately due to flood damage in West Virginia we won’t be stopping through there on the way this year.
The first year I wasn’t sure what to expect, fearing the worst from others as I hung my shingle out and utilized this new space as a blogger. I thought I would face all sorts of negativity and backlash from the community, but I guess that depends all on what you’re going with your piece of the Internet. Over the course of the last several years it has by far been the positive things that have happened, the good that has been paid forward, and the amazing things that have been happening.
Whats been happening the last year or so?
Well, the truth is a lot of things have been happening. So far in the last year I’ve been involved with around 30-35 events depending on how you count them. I’ve helped by sponsoring my first events as a “blogger”. I’ve jumped on board with another two events to help in planning them and launching some awesome projects. I finished up my second full year as an Ambassador for the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb back in March. I was an honoree climber for the inaugural “Big Climb Philly”, something I’ve never done before. My wife and I are now Ambassadors for the non-profit 24-7 Commitment and this is all just the start. The real answer for the last year is that momentum has been building, and not just a little bit of it.
Sadly just a week ago I had a first that I am not looking forward to doing again. The loss of my 2015-2016 honoree Brian Ford (six years old) was a first youngest loss that shook my to the core. Two battles with acute undifferentiated leukemia, his cure was not found soon enough and his body had enough. This is a first that I knew may be coming, but you can never prepare yourself for because you want to be very positive and hopeful that EVERYONE is going to be cured.
Whats in store for the next year?
Hopefully with any “luck” there will be plenty of new things. As I mentioned in a post about a week ago there are some plans in place, you can check that one out for yourself. In short, the answer is more content, more collaboration, bigger things, and more people. With some work I’ll be seeking new partnerships and sponsorships to help raise funds for some awesome organizations and keep pushing forward.
As I stated three years ago…
With the variety of fundraisers, events, and goings-on it is difficult to remember every website to point people to, and thus FF4CURES.COM was born. Not only does this give me a place to be able to link people up with ways to give, but it also gives me a way to outreach, blog, and educate many of the “CURES” that I am fighting for and to ENCOURAGE OTHERS!
That statement above really hasn’t changed and there is a proven and trusted track record for just that. While I may be the writer, the guy behind the name, and the one running the site, its about making a difference for others!
Thank you everyone that has continued to check this place out and reach out over the last few years. Hope you’re ready for more!