In the summer of 2017 I was asked to serve as the Chaplain for the Paoli (IN) Fire and Rescue. Since that time, I have been challenged to become certified and have received my Mandatory Firefighter certification. I've completed it and am now pursuing a degree in Fire Sciences at Ivy Tech Community College.
Now serving as a senior firefighter on the department at the ripe age of 50, I want to push myself to become more physically fit to fight fire and serve. So I challenged myself with preparing to take part in the 2020 Tunnel to Towers 5k Run/Walk on October 3rd in Lafayette, Indiana in my bunker gear on that day.
*UPDATE: Unfortunately, as of August 4th, the Tunnel to Towers 5k has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Therefore, I will continue to take the challenge and do the 5k locally on my own. More details to come.
With that being said, I am asking that individuals would consider donating to the WHAS Crusade for Children in honor of this occasion. I remember growing up in Kentucky when the firefighters would drive down the streets and come door to door with their boots for donations. Typically you might see them at an intersection collecting as well. It's been different this year with Covid-19. You can find out more about their mission below.
I am setting a goal of $1,000, which I believe can be easily attained, and even surpassed, by the date of the event. Also, in training for this event, (the first time I've done anything like this) I have registered to complete the Fallen Firefighters 5k/10k Virtual Race. This is a race that I complete in my own time and will be a part of my conditioning for the T2T 5k. It will be a combination of walking, jogging and cycling that will begin in August. I ask for your prayers and support in this endeavor to face and accomplish this challenge, and the challenge of becoming more fit to fight fire, as well as being a healthier husband and father. Thank you!
- Rob Lee aka "Padre"
The WHAS Crusade for Children makes life better for children with special needs by inspiring generosity with our community partners. Our Vision: Together we provide resources to impact all children with special needs.
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children. In its first 66 years, the Crusade has raised more than $190 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100 percent of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.
An independent board of interdenominational ministers known as the Crusade Advisory Panel decides how donations are distributed each year. Representatives from agencies, schools and hospitals apply for grants and appear before the panel during grant hearings held each spring. Once the hearings are complete, the advisory panel determines which agencies receive Crusade donations.Since agency grant requests far exceed donations to the Crusade each year, the panel has difficult decisions to make.
The annual Crusade Internet/radio/telethon is held each year on the first full weekend in June and is aired on WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV (Channel 11.1) and worldwide on WHAS11.com. Portions of the broadcast are also seen and heard on a Kentucky statewide network. Through the Crusade we’ve changed the lives of millions of children in Kentucky and Indiana since 1954. Right now we’re funding 1 in 3 children who need the Crusade.
Change a child’s life, support the WHAS Crusade for Children.