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    Be the Change

    petit_fam_logo.jpgWow, it's been almost a  year since two scumbags broke into Dr. Bill Petit's house and murdered his family. Lots of people, including me, wondered how he would ever pick up the pieces after his whole life was changed forever by the homicidal whim of two monsters. (See my blog on 7/24/08 entitled "Monsters" for more info--I get nauseous just looking at them so I don't want to dishonor what is intended to be an upbeat blog by posting their mugs here.) Anyway, I was excited to see Dr. Bill on TV last night while I was watching the Stanley Cup finals on WVIT-30, the Hartford NBC affiliate station. General Electric, which has a plant about a quarter mile down the street from Dr. Bill's Plainville office, is sponsoring the inaugural GE 5K Road Race to support the Petit Family Foundation, with the slogan "Be the Change". The date is July 20th, just a few days shy of the tragedy's 1-year anniversary date. I would love to run in it, and while it's reassuring to know my doctor would be there to administer emergency care to me after I collapse from heat exhaustion a half-mile into the run, there's also an opportunity to walk instead, which is more up my alley these days. Unfortunately, I think I might be out of town that weekend visiting the folks in Dayton, Ohio, but even so I plan to donate in absentia. The Petit Family Foundation was established in 2007 shortly after the tragedy "in order to provide Dr. William Petit, Jr. and family flexibility to select charitable groups, non-profits or scholarships funds where they feel the contributions can best further the charitable works and giving natures of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela.

    golf tournament and dinner is also scheduled for June 23rd at the beautiful Farmington Country Club to benefit the foundation, (although I'm not sure what the availability is at this point). I know one of the girls' favorite charity, which I'm sure the foundation supports, is the CT Chapter of the MS Society--their memorial fund has raised over $155,000 to date in the fight to cure multiple sclerosis. My wife and I donated to this fund last year, and while the corporation I work for, United Technologies, won't match my donation (they prefer to match donations to the arts instead), it's nice to see their chief competitor General Electric recognizes the importance of causes such as the ones the Petit women championed in their short lives.    

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