I apologize for my lack of recent posts.  I will catch you up on a few things in the near future.  But this post is about two former Florida Sea Base staffers and one of their children that could use your help.

“Hello Sea Base crews past, present and future!  It’s Rachel (Metzger) Szostek and Jason Szostek here! (Sea Base Staffers ca. 2006-2009. Rachel was a Coral Reef Mate/Divemaster/Sea Exploring mate and Jason was a Ranger/Photographer/Base Steward.)
We have asked Capt. Steve to share our story in the hopes that some of you might remember us and be willing to lend a hand, either through your troop or venture crew activities or through individual efforts, in order to help our son raise enough money for an Autism Service Dog.
Jason and I met at Florida Sea Base, married in October 2010, and now have two beautiful children, Josiah who is 3.5 and Judah, who is 15 months (future FSB staff members)!! Last December, our oldest son Josiah  was diagnosed with moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am sure many of you know someone affected with autism. Josiah’s autism affects nearly every area of our lives and has become a very time-consuming and expensive disorder to manage. You can read more about our daily lives with autism at my blog, thejourneyofj.wordpress.com. We also have a lengthy description of his abilities and limitations on our fundraising page, linked below.
Jason and I have been working very hard to get him the best in treatment, and we have recently been approved to fundraise for a service dog through 4 Paws for Ability, a non-profit that connects children and veterans to service dogs for a wide range of disabilities. As part of our agreement with 4 Paws, we are expected to fundraise $15,000 to help cover some of the costs associated with breeding, fostering, and training the animal. Would you be willing to help us meet our goal through a donation or fundraising effort? All donations go directly to 4 Paws (and not to us), which is a 501c3 and makes any donations fully tax-deductible. You can learn more about 4 Paws, service dogs, and our fundraising efforts at: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/rachel-szostek/4Paws4Josiah
At a tender age, and without a single word of communication, Josiah exemplifies many of the tenants of the Scout law, including being helpful, friendly, kind, loyal, and especially more brave than anyone I know. Please, if you can skip a morning cup of coffee and donate just $5 to his cause, we would be ever so grateful to the Scouting community that brought us together and will continue to be a part of our lives as our boys reach Tiger Cub age (trust me, it can’t come soon enough)!”

Rachel Szostek

JD, 2012
Jason and Rachel are one of the few Florida Sea Base couples that stuck together and are making a life and family together.  Any assistance you can afford Joshia will be greatly appreciated by the Szozteks.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
FSB Program Director – RETIRED
Aboard S/V Escape

One Response to “YOU CAN HELP”

  1. Rachel Szostek says:

    Thank you Capt Steve!!! We are defying the “summer romance” odds every day! (Our 5 year wedding anniversary is this month woot woot!)

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