First, thank you wonderful readers for donating to Brian's cause. Because of you, he is 1/3 of the way to his goal! If his goal is met, he hopes to be the top fundraiser for the event!
I personally always hate the go-to get to know you question of "What do you do?". It seems so dull, so insufficient in an attempt to really explain who someone is as a whole person. While Brian's job is part of his story, my disdain for this question certainly rings true in his case. It falls short of encompassing who Brian is as a whole. It is significant in two ways: Brian carries the same values he holds for his family and training through to his job and Brian's job enables him to support his family. As an added bonus, it brought us together at the right time so I could tell his story.
Without going into to too many boring details, Brian and I both work in Quality Assurance. Essentially, we make sure that minimum requirements are met on construction projects which ensures continued funding and more construction in the future. Quality Assurance has a field staff and an office staff.
Brian used to work on the field side of things. Unfortunately, field work is notorious for volatile absolutely unpredictable schedules at any and all hours of the day and night.
True to his family-oriented self, with a son on the way, Brian was well aware that this schedule would not do. Conveniently, an office position opened around the time that Brian and his wife were expecting their son. Brian was the successful candidate and transferred out of his field position, leaving a vacancy that was soon filled by me.
I had big shoes to fill. Like many aspects of his life, Brian is good at what he does here in the office. He is efficient, thorough, and has a curious mind, always trying to improve processes.
Working a few cubicles away has given me a front row seat to the struggles Brian has faced. I noticed when he came in, a little less put together than usual because there had been another trip to the emergency room (I didn't know this at the time). I sent him well wishes when he was gone for weeks while his son had surgery out of state (I didn't know why at the time, just that his son was undergoing treatment). I heard about his return to the gym. And I was there when he posted his Lost Lake Run flyers.
I can say that Brian has handled himself amazingly. He never complained. Those nearest to him knew something was going on at home. We didn't know details. Brian didn't want to bring down the work environment with his personal stuff. He never lost his composure, and was always there to lend a hand to his office mates, traits that make him an excellent husband and father.
I can't wait to see how his dedication and tenacity that he carries through all aspects of his life pays off in the Lost Lake Run.
What you need to know now:
The Lost Lake Run is a fund raiser to benefit those with Cystic Fibrosis. Brian has set a lofty fundraising goal of $4000 (he has also set lofty personal goals for the race, but more on that later). If met, he will have exceeded last year's top fundraiser of $3925.
What you can do:
Donate directly to Brian.
If you don't want to donate but want some awesome Snow Beast swag, Snow Beast Reviews will be donating all profits from the month of June to Brian's cause. Visit our shop, get some swag, and help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis at once!
If you don't feel like donating to this cause, that's ok, just follow along as I tell his story. If you like what you read, share on your preffered social media platform.