Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Power of Team

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
(Margaret Mead)

Epstein, Lipsey & Clifford was proud to once again sponsor the Real Men Wear Pink Team in the Sharon Sprint Triathlon August 14 at Lake Massapoag in Sharon, MA.

Yes, I, Scott Clifford, got in the water again and faced my very real fear of drowning. This is no joke. The first year I competed, in 2010, there was the story of my son asking "Mom, did Dad drown?" because it took me nearly 32 minutes to finally finish the swim portion of the race, which is what happens when you swim 1/2 mile doing the "Chicken, Airplane, Soldier" [the basic back stroke taught to kids] and have a panic attack in the water.

Although last year was better, I still had a serious panic attack in the water. No one will ever confuse me for Michael Phelps but in the same breath no one will ever confuse me for someone that does not care.

When we founded the Team in 2010, we raised money for the Scleroderma Foundation in memory of Karen Jenkins who courageously battled the wretched disease for nearly 14 years.

We learned about the Ellie Fund in 2011 when our friend Jennifer Gresham was diagnosed with breast cancer. Our team of eight was honored when our friends and family helped us raise more than $12,500 to support local families fighting breast cancer. 

It was in the spirit of caring that we competed again this year for the Ellie Fund. This year our team grew to 15 members and we raised nearly $15,000. I'm also proud to share that I didn't have a panic attack in the water this year.  It's amazing what the power of team can accomplish.

I cannot begin to explain the overwhelming pride that each and every one of us feels knowing that our efforts are going to directly benefit fifteen families whose lives have been forever changed by breast cancer. 

Sincere thanks from the entire team for the support of our friends, family and colleagues who donated so generously: Tim Jenkins, Dan Warsowick, Brian Jenkins, Dave Gresham, Brian Pfingston, Ralph Deberardinis, Nancy Clifford, Tara McDonough, Elizabeth Riley, Steven Pavidis, Jay McDonough, Fiona Martin and me.

Dave Gresham and his kids