HighlightsALAN AND DEMARCUS
Alan was matched with Little Brother Demarcus in 2005, when Demarcus was just 10 years old.
MATT AND JOEY
Matt’s daughter Madison was born very early and weighed only 1 pound. After 3 long months in the hospital she came home perfectly healthy and just over 4lbs.
“I knew at that moment someone was looking out for me and that I needed to do something to impact someone else in a positive way,” says Matt. In December of 2007, he applied and was accepted into the Big Brothers Big Sisters program as a volunteer mentor.
He and Joey were matched just after Joey’s 12th birthday, in March of 2008. Matt has watched Joey grow from shy and introverted into an outgoing and wonderful young man.
“Over the last 2 ½ years, Joe and I have been fortunate to be able to have done so many amazing things together. The BEST part of my match with Joe is that he is just as happy going to a park to throw a baseball or football, as he is to see an Islanders game. He never gets out of my car without saying thank you- even though I’m the one who should be thanking him.”
In 2010, Joey asked his Big Brother Matt to be his confirmation sponsor, and Matt took that honor with the pride it was intended. “Not only do I consider him my little brother, Madison (now 5 and in kindergarten) thinks of him as her ‘big’ brother.”
LAURA AND KAITLYN
After losing a close friend, and pediatric patient, whom she met while volunteering at Winthrop University Hospital, she applied to become a Big Sister at Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island. She was matched with 7 year old Kaitlyn in 2009.
For Laura, improving the lives of others, especially ensuring that all children have the opportunity to shine, is of utmost importance. “There are so many kids that may be living with situations and circumstances that are less then optimal, but having even just that one person rooting for them can make all the difference,” says Laura. “With Kait, she has many people in her life that love her and want what is best for her, I try to be just one more person to help guide her and encourage her to be her best.”
While eating ices last summer, Kaitlyn asked Laura “How old will I be when I lose you? How long do I get to keep you?” Laura, who says she benefits from the relationship as much as Kaitlyn, responded with a heartfelt smile, “I will ALWAYS be your Big Sister.”