When our lives are touched by the loss of someone we love, when there is no sense to be made of it, we let it teach us, to cause us to reflect on how we can honor the one we loved by making the world a better place. When my brother Rob passed away while participating in humanitarian work last fall, suggestions immediately started pouring in from friends and employees for ways to honor Rob’s spirit.
From that long list of thoughtful ideas, plans have emerged for an exciting new event, and I’m very excited to take this opportunity to announce it to you. On Saturday, June 11, BGV will host the inaugural Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk. When Rob passed away in Nepal last year, I was pretty unaware of the silent heart issues that can be present in a seemingly healthy person. I have learned a lot since then, and I have become passionate about creating greater awareness in as many people as possible, so that they and their families can live long and healthy lives. It is my hope that this new event will be a significant step in that direction.
It is going to be a wonderful day, and I want to invite you, and your family and friends, to be part of it. We’ll meet at Carter Park for your choice of a challenging 5K trail walk or a one-mile loop through town – easy enough for pretty much anyone to complete. There will be morning snacks and lunch provided in the venue of the “Start and Finish Festival” at the park. The festival will also include entertainment and activities for both adults and children and, most important, booths staffed by organizations promoting heart-healthy lifestyles.
We’re spreading the word far and wide – to pretty much everyone in the BGV world and in the larger vacation ownership resort universe – in hopes for a great response to maximize the funds we will be able to raise to benefit organizations and projects promoting heart health. There is so much to learn and do, and this seems a more than fitting way to honor Rob’s commitment to others, and especially to families, as well as his loving spirit that fell on everyone he met. Not least, it promises to be a day of fun and celebration, with a focus on relationships old and new and our gratitude for those we hold dear.
For more information, I invite you to go here, and while you’re there, we’ve made it easy for you to sign up to join us. If you aren’t able to be here with us in person, I hope you’ll take a few moments on June 11 to stop, take a few deep breaths, and join us in spirit in remembering my brother. Even if you never had the privilege to meet Rob in person, you have met his spirit in each of our employees you’ve engaged with during your vacations with us. Rob is a huge part of why we have been able to build the BGV family.