Monday, April 17, 2006

For Once it Aint All About Me

Normally I am asking for money for my various inventions and my normal crackpot schemes, this time I offer this as a real opportunity to donate some money for a good cause before I get the chance to flim flam you out of it with one of my future schemes. A legitimate good cause, kind of an oxymoron on my blog, but hell I'm one of those renaissance men you read about somewhere. JW

Vic Krause President & Owner, Krause Racing, Inc. needs your help!

I want to tell you about a very special, local, non-profit organization and a crucial project they are working on right here in our own St. Charles community.

Some of you may know my oldest son, Victor Lawrence. He was born in 1986 with a rare genetic disorder called “Costello Syndrome,” which has rendered him disabled for life. He was raised in St. Charles and acquired countless friends while growing up here and attending schools in our neighborhood. His popularity is due to his hugely social nature, sense of humor, indominatable spirit, and eagerness to please. Although Victor has surpassed many predicted mental and physical limits, (that both doctors and educators alike had originally forecast), he clearly will never ride a bike, drive a car, travel alone, accurately make change or live unattended by himself. At 20 years old, Victor has only one more year at his current residential living school until he ages out and drops into a pool with over 100 other St. Charles area people with disabilities that are on a waiting list for placement into a group home. There is only one group home in St. Charles, housing five people and there are no openings. Many on the waiting list are sent out of town, even out of state, to wherever an open slot is available…far from family, friends, and familiar surroundings that provide the basis for continued stability and, in some cases, ongoing development. A sad situation that occurs far too often.

Through our experience with Victor and his disability, we have become familiar with an outstanding, non-profit service organization known as “Association for Individual Development” (AID). This group started 45 years ago and today operates 25 group homes in Kane and Kendall County, caring for over 3,700 people with disabilities just like Victor. My wife, Debbie, and I have personally visited many of these AID group homes. We discovered warm, bright, cheerful and inviting homes with caring, friendly, helpful staff that create a family environment 24/7. If you could ask the 3,700 people with disabilities that occupy these wonderful group homes what they thought of AID, you would probably hear 3,700 stories of a personal miracle come true.

I need your help. AID has embarked on a mission to create a small group home on the east side of St. Charles (212 Moore Ave.) to accommodate six local people with disabilities. (They built the first St. Charles group home on the west side three years ago). The 212 Moore house and property has been earmarked for acquisition and conversion. This is scheduled to happen within 12 months and AID is in a race against time to raise the funds necessary to acquire ownership of the property before the opportunity slips away. Once AID owns the house, the conversion process will begin. I am just one small sprocket gear in this fundraising mechanism. But I’m hoping you will also become a sprocket gear in this charity machine.

Katrina, Rita, the Tsunami and other disasters have dominated the world of charity. There is human need everywhere you look. However, consider this: right here in St. Charles we have over 100 of your local neighbors, friends, and in some cases, relatives with life-long disabilities whose plight is permanent not temporary and they have no acceptable place to live in their own hometown. In America 100 years ago we had a simple way to address the needs of the disabled. It was “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” It worked then and it can work now…but it can’t happen without you.

Here is how you can help. You can make a tax deductible donation to this AID campaign in any amount. More is better. Also, you can further this cause by “passing the word.” Copy and forward this appeal to neighbors, business acquaintances, friends and relatives as soon as you can. You can underwrite specific expenses of the project or donate services or goods in-kind. However, the most pressing need is to raise the funds so AID can gain possession of the Moore Ave. house. You can make a difference and you will make it happen in your own community for your own “Neighbors in Need” like my son, Victor Lawrence and the many other local young adults and adults with disabilities.

Thank you for considering this important appeal. Please call me at 630-513-1000 if you would like detailed information or contact Kathy Hazelwood, V.P. at AID. She can be reached at 847-931-2290.

Humble and sincere thanks for your consideration.

Vic Krause

President & Owner, Krause Racing, Inc.

Dad taking Victor for a ride on the back of the family fourwheeler. Thanksgiving 2005. P.S. We always wear helmets when riding!


At 8:00 AM , Blogger Roxi said...

I have two kit kat bars and a banana..

Does that work for you?

At 5:06 PM , Blogger MOM! Toilets Blogged! said...

I got to meet Vic in Feb for the first time. I've known him for many years. He was the author of Mr. Know it All a funny colum in Dirt Bike Magazine.
Vic is a very nice man and if he asks for your help, he needs your help. Roxi, send the kit kat bars, I don't think the banana will ship. If any one out there can help Vic find a good home for his son, please help him, this is no joke. We are seeing a differnt side of Josh, a kinder genteler Josh. Vic is a good guy, please help.
Charlie (Joshies big brother)

At 5:26 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

Roxi: Yea I think toilet is right on this one nana's don't ship well.

Toilet: I am not kinder or gentler I just ...bugger off! I saw this letter it made sense and so I posted. Remember when big brother, we could not find a home for you? Then we met these nice hobo's at I-74 and 38th street living under the bridge? To this day you can still sing the best hobo songs, even better than pee wees hobo train friend in his Big Adventure. So far I have not helped Vic but plan to help soon,one way or another. I just got caught up in myself all day and so it goes. Toilets little brother JW

At 8:20 PM , Blogger Le Chitelier said...

Aw, admit it Josh. You're gettin' soft.

At 4:25 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Le: Dont get me riled once a street fighter always a street fighter, you wouldnt be the first dead chemist whos ass I did kick! Soft Smoft, I taste my own stomach bile just writing the words, blegghh! Kind Regards JW

At 10:36 AM , Blogger Zen Wizard said...

Looks like a great cause.

This sounds like bloggin'
bull$h!t, I know, but I can't donate to anything except rent, light, and food of Zen Wizard right now.

But I hope some rich guy reads this and kicks in some dough...

At 11:40 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Zen: Nope not bullshit, fishin' for a good cause. Thannks for the note. JW

At 6:26 PM , Blogger MOM! Toilets Blogged! said...

Toilets right, Josh is gettin soft. Come on! Lets get him while he's weak and his vision is fogged. Help Vic, sink Josh, his big brother should have drowned him years ago.

At 7:32 PM , Blogger Le Chitelier said...

Josh is soft! Josh is soft!

*runs away like a chicken*

Ahem, on a more serious note. That is very kind of you to post that for Victor. Do you know these people?

At 4:09 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Le: I met Vic and know him kinda like my brother does. This Toilet fella's got it comin'! Toilet, say goodbye to all the Pecan Sandies factorys and emergency stores of Pecan Sandies, you now live in a barren wasteland void of your favorite taste treat.

At 4:57 AM , Blogger Captain Carl said...

Arrr....very noble, ay think this goes towards yer world savin efforts....on a local level.....nice work!!

At 5:56 AM , Blogger Roxi said...

I sent the kit kat bars..

and I am sending microwaveable popcorn..

hope that works out for you

At 5:25 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

CC: I never thought of it that way, shite!Damn I am noble! Shite how shall I exploit this...doh...delete thought from viewers. Phew! Now me thinks to me self, hmm how shall I expoit my new found nobilty, HA! I'll ...Damn it! I forgot what I was thinking...Remind me if I think of it. Thanks JW

Roxi:You set a the bar pretty high,how can I compete? Dang.

At 5:07 AM , Blogger Roxi said...

HOney.. let me think...

I heard a rumor about some chocolate...

At 1:36 PM , Blogger Zen Wizard said...

For the record, I didn't mean the cause sounded like bullshit; I meant I know the reason I can't donate SOUNDS like bullshit...

Anyway, good luck!!

At 1:43 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

R: Its in the mail

Zen: I know rest easy.Thanks for the support. JW

At 6:45 PM , Blogger josh williams said...

send directly to
Attn: Kathy Hazelwood....Moore Ave. Project 309 W. New Indian Trail
Aurora,Il. 60506-9940

Make any payment to A.I.D.-account #112

Thanks from Vic and Victor

At 7:32 PM , Blogger Le Chitelier said...

Er... I know five bucks sounds really pittley but, that's about all I can afford, and all joking aside, shall I send that? They wouldn't be offened by a five dollar check, would they?

Do I make the check out to:
A.I.D. account #112

And is Moore Ave. part of the address?

At 3:16 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

Le: Moore ave yes. I dont think they would be offended, it all adds up and more importantly it makes toilet look like a tight wad. So you would be doing two good deeds for the price of one. Thanks for the thougt. JW

At 8:00 PM , Blogger Le Chitelier said...

Alright, will do. I'll comment again once the check is in the mail. Take care.


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