February 22, 2011

The Apollo Foundation makes special grant to start 2011!

We are a little late in sharing the news but beginning in January, The Apollo Foundation made its first of several committed grant distributions.   The Foundation received word that Ethan from Manassas, Virginia was suffering from Sickle Cell Anemia and a still undiagnosed lung problem.  Ethan may be facing a lung transplant if doctors are unable to identify and treat the condition.  As you can probably guess this illness affects more than just little Ethan.  Ethan’s mother had to stop working to care for her son and get him back and forth from his many medical appointments. The Apollo Foundation has agreed to help ease the financial burden by assisting with the monthly rent.

Additionally, the Foundation was able to leverage a few local connections and arrange for Ethan to see a specialist at DC Children’s Hospital.  We know that when your child is sick you certainly want to the very best medical care and we are crossing our fingers that this ends up being an even more important contribution than the financial support alone.


Join us in wishing Ethan a speedy recovery and we will keep you posted on his progress!

-The Apollo Foundation


May 28, 2010

I am using this space as a place to communicate the activities of The Apollo Foundation as we continue to build and grow into the community, and as we start to make a positive impact on the lives of those people we are out trying to help.  For this first introduction to the foundation, I really want to thank everyone who helped me put together The Apollo Foundation, organized our first event, committed time and energy to bringing the event together, and worked hard to make sure everything went smoothly.  All of the volunteers, donors, family, friends, and sponsors involved in our kick-off event were incredible.

When I spoke at the golf tournament, I mentioned that I have learned more from my incredible son than I have ever learned from anyone else.  The way he touched my life and opened my eyes to what is really important was just the beginning.  With my new view of the world, I constantly find myself learning something that should have been obvious to me for years.  I credit Apollo for teaching me these lessons, and I hope that I can use his foundation as a way to pass along things that can have a positive impact on the lives of others.

Apollo taught me an important lesson when I watched people raise their hand to get involved and help me in my quest to start The Apollo Foundation.  I experienced, maybe for the first time, what it was like to see the true character of people emerge right in front of my eyes.  For a long time, I was in a unique position where getting people to participate was easy.  Times were good, and things were always on the way up.  I could get people to volunteer to help just by mentioning a need.

Today, things are obviously much different.  Almost everybody is struggling more, often significantly more, than they were in the past.  Prospects are not nearly as good as they used to be.  It takes twice as much work to achieve half of the results that we are all used to.  Yet, when I talked to my friends and reached out to people that I know who understand what I am trying to do, I got an incredible response and desire to be involved.

I learned something amazing about human nature and character by starting The Apollo Foundation.  When I decided to start down this road, I expected to meet amazing people and discover people who were willing to make sacrifices for others without thought of recognition or reward.  I just expected that those people were going to be those families that we are setting out to help, and those doctors and nurses that I know are out there dedicated to helping others, and especially those children that fight and live so bravely.

I know that those people are still out there waiting to show us their strength.  I am excited to meet them and to do my part to help them.  In the meantime, I am so thankful for the opportunity to see so many friends support our vision and get involved with The Apollo Foundation.

Thank you.