First Friday, August 5, 2016 (Beaches)

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This summer is certainly “rolling” by quickly! We hope all our trikester friends are having fun. Both our families have enjoyed camping, hiking and exploring new areas of our country. We’ve also made great memories while spreading kindness centered around berries and other produce from our local farmer’s markets in July. We hope you have too. Now it’s time to share our kindness theme for August. Our First Friday story is written by Henry’s mom, Marla.

Did you know that sand has less germs than dirt? At least that’s what we were told when Henry was receiving chemotherapy. With his decreased immune system, we were told to keep Henry out of the dirt. Luckily we live pretty close to the beach. So that’s where we went, to the beach…and we would play.


We would dig holes, dip our toes in the water and sit and watch the waves and our boys play.

Beach photo grid

Henry never liked the water all that much. But he would play in the holes Owen dug.


And of course, he would chase Owen all over the beach.


Our favorite beach is Cannon Beach. After our time on the beach, we would get the boys a “warm” chocolate (even in the summer) plus a few salt water taffies for the ride home. It took us a long time to return to the beach after Henry died.


But, Henry taught us that life is short and to play when we feel good. So that’s what we do. We love the beach and Owen loves to talk about Henry when we walk on the sand.


So our kindness theme for the month of August is centered around your favorite beach activities. You could: 

*buy some saltwater taffy, chowder or hot chocolate for someone

*give out dog toys on the beach

*hide a dollar in a souvenir store

  • *leave sand buckets on the beach

Whatever you choose to do, please remember to attach a trike ticket so the recipient can pay it forward. They can be printed for free from our website. Please post your photos on our Facebook page or on Instagram. If you don’t live near a beach, you could make a tax deductible donation to our nonprofit and we will “trike” in your honor.


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