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Smithtown Mile Race to Support ReesSpecht Life on 4/17/16

Date January 27, 2016

Registration is NOW OPEN!  Click HERE to register!

Sunday, April 17th 2016

We are proud to announce that the ReesSpecht Life Foundation has been chosen to be the recipient of all funds for the first annual “Smithtown Mile”.  With your support we can make this event a great success and help raise money to fund our scholarships and other charitable endeavors.   If you are business and you wish to sponsor the race, please see the sponsorship information below.  A .pdf of the sponsorship packet is available HERE (and below)  To register for the Race click HERE

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The Smithtown Mile

Click HERE to download a .pdf of the above flyer

Click HERE to register for the Race


Click HERE to download a copy of the sponsorship packet.

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Kindness is the difference maker: So why aren’t we making more of a difference?

Date January 19, 2016

What was the worst day of your life? If you are like most, you likely responded with a date in which a close loved one was lost.  In my experience most adults have lost more than one close person to them, so they usually lay claim to multiple days – not wanting to diminish the impact of one loss in comparison to another.  For parents who have lost a child that struggle to choose one day does not exist… There is only one day that can lay claim to the title of “worst day ever”.

Rees Truly is a Superhero... Photo Credit: Rich Specht

Our Last Photo of Rees

My worst day ever came on October 27th, 2012; the day I lost my 22 month old son, Richard Edwin-Ehmer (Rees) Specht.  One of the truth’s of aging is that the longer we live, the more loss we must endure.  In my forty years of life I have lost too … Read More

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The empty chair

Date December 19, 2015

6042_10207923625549454_1000671961413670549_nTomorrow, December 19th 2015, would have been Rees’ fifth birthday.  It will be the 4th birthday we will celebrate with a somber silence instead of laughter and joy.  Instead of wrapping his presents, we are collecting toys to give to other families that are in need.  In lieu of blowing out candles we will instead find ourselves blowing kisses to heaven – waiting for a small breeze to signify his kiss back to us.  An empty chair will find itself occupied by fleeting glimpses in our mind’s eye of what could have been.  Momentary visions of what could have been will usher anger and anguish into the center stage seating of the darkened theater of our minds.

I don’t wish to be a part of this play, yet I find myself on stage every December 19th.  The script remains agonizingly unchanged even though it is in desperate need of editing.  … Read More

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