Justin Akin

Justin Akin
  • My Goal:
  • $15,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $18,080
  • # of Donations:
  • 126
$18080 of $15000 goal
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Why I'm Riding

It had only been a few weeks since my younger son Andrew had died.  I remained heartbroken and devastated all the while still in the hospital.  My first-born son, Matthew, was fighting his own battle.  As I wandered aimlessly on the Internet, I came across a story, an amazing story of a dad who had lost his son to cancer and was riding his bicycle across the United States.  Every day, he was creating videos dedicating that days ride to specific children in the hospital battling cancer.  It motivated me.  It showed me that good things could come from tragedy. Then when the unthinkable happened again, the loss of my other son Matthew, I realized it was time for me to buy a bike and start riding.

Last year I planned on riding from Amarillo, TX to Chicago, IL but sadly, I broke my shoulder on the second day of the ride.  But I am healthy now, and ready to try again.  So, I am returning to the site of the crash, Clinton, OK and riding to St. Louis-700 miles in 8 days. 

When I’m on my bicycle I’m reminded of my childhood.  Riding down the road as the sun is coming up I can feel two little angels soaring through the wind on both of my shoulders.  It is both comforting and therapeutic.  I ride because I can and my sons can’t.  Riding a bicycle is doing something.  Riding is something Matthew loved.  I was always terrified of how fast he would ride his bicycle down the street wobbling back and forth on his training wheels.  To him, he couldn’t go fast enough.  For me, he was going way too fast.  It was something he absolutely loved and I now love it as well.  Andrew never even got to ride a bicycle.  He spent most of his life in the hospital.  So, I ride for my sons, I ride in support of children with HLH, their families, and the medical professionals who dedicate their lives to their care.

On September 5, 2009, Andrew passed away and Kristin and I joined a club no parent should be in.  Just eight short months later, May 1, 2010 Matthew passed and joined his baby brother in heaven.   We are living every parent’s worst nightmare.  But we have a choice and we choose to let their love guide us and not their death define us.

Kristin and I remain busy by dedicating ourselves to The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation. It will not bring our boys back but we can and will continue to do good things in their name.  We are deeply grateful for your support over the past three years and thank you in advance for your contribution to A Father’s Ride.

To donate click the "DONATE NOW" button above.  All donations are tax deductible.

If you prefer to donate by check, please mail it, along with a note with my name, to:

The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation
11503 St. Charles Rock Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044

Thank you,

Justin Akin

 

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Why I'm Riding

It had only been a few weeks since my younger son Andrew had died.  I remained heartbroken and devastated all the while still in the hospital.  My first-born son, Matthew, was fighting his own battle.  As I wandered aimlessly on the Internet, I came across a story, an amazing story of a dad who had lost his son to cancer and was riding his bicycle across the United States.  Every day, he was creating videos dedicating that days ride to specific children in the hospital battling cancer.  It motivated me.  It showed me that good things could come from tragedy. Then when the unthinkable happened again, the loss of my other son Matthew, I realized it was time for me to buy a bike and start riding.

Last year I planned on riding from Amarillo, TX to Chicago, IL but sadly, I broke my shoulder on the second day of the ride.  But I am healthy now, and ready to try again.  So, I am returning to the site of the crash, Clinton, OK and riding to St. Louis-700 miles in 8 days. 

When I’m on my bicycle I’m reminded of my childhood.  Riding down the road as the sun is coming up I can feel two little angels soaring through the wind on both of my shoulders.  It is both comforting and therapeutic.  I ride because I can and my sons can’t.  Riding a bicycle is doing something.  Riding is something Matthew loved.  I was always terrified of how fast he would ride his bicycle down the street wobbling back and forth on his training wheels.  To him, he couldn’t go fast enough.  For me, he was going way too fast.  It was something he absolutely loved and I now love it as well.  Andrew never even got to ride a bicycle.  He spent most of his life in the hospital.  So, I ride for my sons, I ride in support of children with HLH, their families, and the medical professionals who dedicate their lives to their care.

On September 5, 2009, Andrew passed away and Kristin and I joined a club no parent should be in.  Just eight short months later, May 1, 2010 Matthew passed and joined his baby brother in heaven.   We are living every parent’s worst nightmare.  But we have a choice and we choose to let their love guide us and not their death define us.

Kristin and I remain busy by dedicating ourselves to The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation. It will not bring our boys back but we can and will continue to do good things in their name.  We are deeply grateful for your support over the past three years and thank you in advance for your contribution to A Father’s Ride.

To donate click the "DONATE NOW" button above.  All donations are tax deductible.

If you prefer to donate by check, please mail it, along with a note with my name, to:

The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation
11503 St. Charles Rock Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044

Thank you,

Justin Akin

 

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The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation

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