Paying It Forward

I am a firm believer in paying it forward, lending a hand when you can and helping those in need.  Most of the time, helping out financially is going to be most beneficial. For me, making monetary donations is difficult since I don’t have a job. So, I try to show up and lend support that way, while contributing whatever I can. Within the last two weeks, two remarkable young boys reminded me why paying it forward is so important.

Nicholas winning his award

Two Sundays ago, I attended my cousin Nicholas’ fundraiser, where he received the Rider of the Year award. Nicholas participates in horse-riding therapy to help his Cerebral Palsy condition. At almost 23 months, he is already a stand-out and one of the toughest little boys I know. I am so glad I attended the fundraiser and got to see my amazing baby cousin win his award. It felt good to be there to support him and my aunt and uncle. While my monetary contributions were small, at least I donated. Showing up is an important part of paying it forward and now that I’m back at home, I hope to do more for Nicholas.

This past Sunday, I participated in the Central Jersey Walk for Autism Speaks, in honor of my friend’s little brother, Tommy. I’ve been going to the walk and fundraising for the last seven years and have watched it grow annually. Tommy is now almost as tall as me and gives me hugs whenever he sees me. Despite the rain, the walk was a success and raised more money than ever.

Both of these little boys have inspired me more than anyone has before. They are happy, determined boys and I know nothing will ever stop them. Paying it forward, even in a small way, is so rewarding and inspiring. As a young professional, it is important to me to work for a company that gives back in some way. I hope to continue to pay it forward each day and hope Nicholas and Tommy’s stories inspired you to do the same!

Team Tommy’s Angels 2011

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