As many of you know on August 31st, 2007 my daughter, Emma Moss Diamondstein, died as a result of Necrotizing Enterocolitis. On September 9th, 2018 I am racing in Ironman Wisconsin to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to fight this horrible disease. I am asking that you consider helping me raise money in Emma’s memory so that no other parent will have to endure the loss that we suffered.
I am a very lucky man. My wife Dana and I have been blessed with three healthy children in Alex, Molly and Maddie. But despite the fact that almost eleven years have passed, I still cannot detail here the depths of despair and darkness that Dana and I endured. No parent should have to hold their child as she draws her last breath. The vision is still so visceral that I know that it will stay with me until I draw mine.
While time has helped heal the wound, we still feel the loss strongly. For me, the thought that we were never able to give her anything tears me apart. I think about that poor, sweet little girl who wasn’t able to swim with her mom and dad, bike with her brother or run with her sisters, and I feel compelled to give her something. Racing in her honor and trying to find a cure for what took her may not be much but it is all that I can do.
If you can, please click on the below link and donate to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. When you donate, there is a box on the webpage for you to send me a message. If there is someone in your life who gives you inspiration, someone whose memory helps you to take another step when you feel that all hope is lost and ache to quit, please send me their name. It would be my honor to carry the name with me during the race. And maybe if I falter, if I start to fail, then the spirit of those people who steady you can help me reach my goal.