Date May 14, 2018
Our son Richard Edwin-Ehmer Specht (Rees) drowned in 18 inches of water. A simple miscommunication between my friend and I meant that one of the most crucial layers of protection from drowning had broken down. Had Rees started swim lessons as an infant (like his younger sister, Melina has) he would probably be here today. Nothing can bring our son back, but our joint effort with End Drowning Now and Saf-T-Swim swim schools is trying to make sure that we don’t lose any more children to drowning. Help us teach children to ReesSpecht the Water. Drowning remains the number one cause of accidental death of children aged 1-4. Help us change that number to 0!
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Date February 20, 2018
Five years ago today we did our first of 500 random acts of kindness in Rees’ name. We just wanted to pay back the kindness of those that helped us through the darkest moment of our lives. Armed with the card pictured to the left, I took my two daughters to our local Dunkin’ Donuts and simply paid for the car behind me – leaving the card (and our story on the back) to hopefully remind that person that kindness makes a difference. I honestly figured that it was simply the first of 499 more acts left to go. My family and I could have never imagined what happened next…
Watch the following video as my daughters and I head back to that very same Dunkin’ Donuts – exactly five years to the day, to leave the 500,001st ReesSpecht Life “Pay it Forward” card…
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