The Toms River Field of Dreams

I hope everyone had a great week.

This week was very inspiring and motivational.

The past two years at SUKHA, I have met amazing people. Men, women and children. All ages, all professions. I am so happy and proud of the bonding that goes on in both locations.

Two of my students work with children with special needs. We have been talking a lot lately about what they do. It is a gift and truly inspiring.

In conversation she mentioned a project. A project that is one of the most amazing things I have ever heard! The Toms River Field of Dreams. 

A complex within the community for children and adults with special needs to enjoy the basic fundamentals of play. Baseball, basketball, golf, a playground and a walking path surrounded by a multi-sensory landscape.

Baseball. Many months of baseball. And more to come. My son Patrick. A very active, healthy baseball player. Wins and losses. Tears for losses and smiles for wins.

These boys play on a beautifully maintained field, wearing cleats, running and sliding. Sometimes not realizing how blessed they really are and on a daily basis; win or loose, we all need to remind ourselves that life on the field and off may not be perfect, but is sure as hell ain't bad. 

Pause, take a step back, look in the mirror and outside our bubble and take notice of things that we are blind to.

Wednesday I met with Christian Kane. The father of Gavin. A motivated, inspirational, hard working teacher, husband and father of six children and the Founder of Field of Dreams.

I was in complete awe. 

Five years ago, to date, a loaded beer truck plowed into them from behind leaving Gavin with severe brain trauma.

The idea of Field of Dreams was inspired by Christian and his wife Mary. Their older son plays baseball. "Gavin is never going to be able to do anything like this" they both said. 

Now, with help from the community, corporate sponsors, and fundraising, he will have a place to play ball, golf, have snacks and have fun on a playground.

The Toms River Field of Dreams will not only benefit children and adults with special needs, but it will also become a sanctuary for caregivers.

There are so many ways to help this dream become reality for so many children, adults and caregivers.

  • Financial Donations
  • Construction Materials/services
  • Naming Rights
  • Committee Members
  • Volunteers

There will be so many great events coming soon.

  • Jeff Frazier Clinic at Blue Claws Stadium-9/26-9/28
  • Chipolte Night-9/19
  • Color Run-10/7
  • Golf Outing-TBD
  • Father/Son Brunch-Early December
  • Wine Tasting
  • Jean Day in both Monmouth and Ocean County
  • YOGA Donation Class with SUKHA-TBD STAY TUNED

If you would like to volunteer or contribute, please let me know or visit:

http://tomsriverfieldofdreams.com/

Let's help make their dream a reality!

xoxo

Maribeth

 

 

 

 

Big Hearts to Little Hearts Gala

Please join us on March 4, 2017 at The Manasquan Elks Club for The Big Hearts to Little Hearts Gala! There will be a gift auction, 50/50 and live music by UNDISPUTED! You can register on line at https://bighearts2littlehearts.com/upcoming-events/

Big Hearts to Little Hearts mission is to lengthen and improve the lives of the littlest heart patients by funding critical research and programs.

This is a great cause. For little hearts and big.

Just recently diagnosed with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. 13 year old Jullian Meehan,  Brielle resident, son of our good friend and SUKHA family, Amanda Meehan and one of my son's best friends.

Meet Julian:

Julian is a 13 year old boy who was recently diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM).  He had a sports physical and the Nurse Practitioner heard a heart murmur.  He went to a pediatric cardiologist who referred Julian to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  After several visits and multiple tests, the doctors at CHOP diagnosed him with HOCM. The main concern with HOCM is sudden cardiac death.

Julian was very active in sports and loved playing flag football, basketball and baseball. He can no longer play those sports and his activities are restricted. While early detection is important to prevent a sudden tragedy, there is no cure for HOCM. Living with this diagnosis is a physical and emotional challenge.

So we begin our journey of faith and hope that more research and medical advances will find a cure. Attending this event will help with more and more research.

Donation Yoga Class coming soon!! All donations will go to Big Hearts to Little Hearts!

Date: TBD