Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Charity of the Month: USC Scholarship Fund Honoring Nick Fagnano

Charity of the Month is the newest way Team Tizzel is helping to support some very worthy organizations. As part of this program, we will dedicate a post to a charity that we will sponsor through the month by donating Holly's training run money.

August: In August we sponsored St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in honor of our friends who lost a young relative to leukemia. We will be donating $125 plus a matching gift to St. Jude in honor of AJ. You can still donate too by following this link. #slyestrong

September's Charity:

One thing the Charity of the Month has taught us is that you never know what tomorrow brings. We thought we had a map of what charities to sponsor over the next couple months....then stuff happens. A former coworker of Dave's lost his only child in the lightning strike off Venice Beach, CA near the end of July. The freak accident took the life of 20 year-old Nick Fagnano whom was preparing to fulfill his dream of attending USC as a transfer student.

From what we've read, and what Dave knows about Nick's dad, he seemed like a great kid ready to take on the next chapter of his life. Here's some of what his mother shared at his funeral:

"Taken to heaven by a flash in a cloud, this beautiful young man, who radiated joy, kindness, humor and love touched the lives of everyone he encountered. He had a maturity and wisdom that was beyond his years, yet an innocence of spirit that was evident from kindergarten all the way into his adult life.

Nick had to work harder than many of his friends to get good grades. Reading was never easy but he overcame this challenge by dedicating himself to long hours of studying. He found mentors in some of his favorite teachers, and he knew when to ask for extra help from his parents or his tutor, Josh, who helped him throughout high school. Nick’s awareness of what it took to be successful came through his ability to bring together a team to get things accomplished.

A light as bright as Nick’s cannot be extinguished. A flash of lightning and dark clouds give way to fingers of sunlight streaming down from heaven. Those fingers reach around our hands and our hearts and lift us upward toward a brighter future for all impacted by this terrible tragedy. While the immediate family cannot fathom their loss of Nick, those around the world who are touched by Nick’s life will know that there is great hope for our young men and women to show us all a better world."

The training jar money will go to the scholarship that was setup at USC in Nick's honor. It will be awarded to transfer students displaying exemplary character. Donation information is available from this link. It's a little tricky to do online so at the end of the month we'll write a check.


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