About five (5) years ago I was on my way home from Seattle on a JetBlue flight and an ad showed for an organization called Together We Rise.
That video had me in tears within the first 10 seconds as I learned that 80% of foster children move from house to house with all of their belongings in a trash bag.
Danny, the founder of Together We Rise, had an initial goal of making sure those kids had a proper duffle bag and a stuffed animal that they could take with them.
From there, Danny expanded his vision and started doing a number of extraordinary events that serve as team building events for his corporate donors like my company, Channel Bakers.
In 2019, Channel Bakers joined Together We Rise and dozens of corporate partners and volunteers at Disneyland to reunite over 350 Southern Californian siblings separated in foster care.
I'm partnering with Stark Fitness for their Annual Stark Naked contest. My primary goal is to raise $15,000 on behalf of Together We Rise and children in foster care.
Secondly, I'm joining Stark Fitness's Stark Naked contest to pursue my own personal growth journey. Growing up I was always the scrawny kid amongst my friends, almost like Steve Rogers before he became Captain America. My friends would make jokes calling me names like “small fry,” and yeah, I was an easy target for bullies.
As I entered my early 30's, I was still eating like I did in my 20's and after a few years, I was getting pretty obese. I have always loved riding a bike, so when I finally made the decision to do something about my weight, I jumped on a bike. Within a few months, I lost over 40lbs which brought me a tremendous feeling of self-worth and confidence that I had never experienced.
At the end of the day, I know that this is a prolific moment in my life. One where I can finally fulfill my scrawny kid dream of having strong arms and a six pack. Maybe not Captain America sized arms, but I know the outcome I want for myself is to feel confident. That I can stand up and defend myself and my family if I am ever crossed by a bully again.
I'm grateful to partner with my Stark peeps to reach this goal.
Josh Kreitzer Sponsors Disney Day
Josh and his team at Channel Bakers came together to support Disney Days an annual event that reunifies siblings separated in foster care.…. READ MORE