Tonight, while on Facebook (imagine that), I saw a photo of a friend and had a moment of "Oh hey, that's our shirt!"... followed by the feeling of overwhelming gratitude. My friend Matt, who's wearing our Big Walk tee in the photo below, is the drummer for August Burns Red, a very successful and talented metalcore band. Matt's comment on the photo said this, "Make A Wish Foundation's Zach Neill getting ready to soundcheck with us in Anaheim."
And that's when I had that moment of overwhelming gratitude. And tears. It's amazing enough to know that people all over the world have our shirts, but to know - to see - someone like Matt living it out everyday is powerful. And inspiring. I pray that Zach's time with Matt + August Burns Red was all he wished it would be - and that Matt's t-shirt was exactly what our mission statement says: that it was "a reminder to love others every chance we get - no strings attached."
Amen and amen.