If You Like Seattle Sportsnet…

Then I have one favor to ask of you.

Please take some time to visit the websites of the two charities I have listed on the left sidebar ( <—– that left) and donate some money.

I know what you’re thinking. In this economy (the all-time greatest saying of the 2010s), donating money is rough. But look at it this way. You’re probably wasting a ton of money on bad decisions already. So why not spare a little for a good cause and fill your heart with gladness instead of regret? And you know what those bad decisions are. We don’t need to list them. But you know. And they’re pretty bad.

Frankly, I don’t want your money. I would just blow it on the same bad decisions you’ve been blowing it on. Which is why instead of giving money to Seattle Sportsnet, I want you to give it to the Ashley Aven Foundation or the Robert Vasen Foundation. It’s as simple as that.

The Ashley Aven Foundation is focused on providing assistance to families whose children are battling cancer. The financial burden that can take its toll on families in a fight with a disease such as this can be through the roof. And under the circumstances, it should be the absolute last thing they have to worry about.

The Robert Vasen Foundation supports the development of Seattle-area youth and fosters action in the community around the challenges that young people face. The foundation’s vision is to ensure that every child has the support needed to improve his or her life.

Both these charities are near and dear to my heart. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Ashley’s family and they’re the nicest people you could ever want to get to know. They’ve basically taken this charity up in grassroots fashion and are working overtime to get this completely off the ground. Any help you can provide would be huge. You can read Ashley’s story by clicking here.

Robert was a friend of mine dating back to elementary school. In the last year of his life, we had just begun reconnecting through basketball at the University of Washington, running pickup games together at the IMA. Knowing Robert for as long as I did, I can tell you that he was as good a person as they come and his spirit lives on through this charity. You can read Robert’s story by clicking here.

I don’t ask much of my readers. I’m pretty grateful just to have you around. In fact, I’d wager that there’s no writer out there who is more thankful for having such an amazing readership. But if you could do this one thing for me, if you can spare a few pennies and wouldn’t mind helping out one or two great causes, please take the time to do so. I’d really appreciate it and I know that both charities would, as well. Thanks!

4 responses

  1. Thanks Alex! The Avens will appreciate this :)

  2. Thank you for the background on these 2 charities .. My son passed away from Mestastic Melanoma May 20,2009. He battled hard for 17 months longer than the doctors projected he would. He had just turned 23 years old. Watching your child’s life deteriorate before your eyes is well.. lets just say it sucks beyond words. My profile picture is of me and him on his wedding day in 2009.. 61 days later he was gone, but he lived life his way on his terms, and I am so very proud of the way he fought. I will be sending a donation to both charities in Marshall’s name .. I believe that all kids need a break in their lives. ~ Tami

  3. Thank you, Tami :)

  4. [...] I’ve written about both of these charities at length before, so I won’t go into too much detail. But I will say that both charities mean a lot to me, and for those of you who have donated your time or money to either of those two causes, thank you. [...]

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