Several months ago three of my good friends (Sarah, Katie, and Erin) lost their house in a fire. They lost just about everything they had. I can remember the look in their eyes the day of the fire. The look that all hope had been lost, the look of “What next?’ “Where do we even start to rebuild our lives?” “Where do we even sleep tonight?”
What happened next was amazing, the city of Raleigh (local businesses, local strangers and Shop Local Raleigh) came together and donated gift cards, clothes, TV’s, and Hampton Inn of Glenwood South opened their doors and let the girls stay until they found a more permanent option. Paul and Connie Coble took the girls in for almost a month while they searched for a new place to live.
The road to recovery would have been much longer and tougher had it not been for the amazing community of Raleigh. All three girls are involved with RaleighIsCool.com and their story is the inspiration behind the creation of the movement.
Now, it’s our turn to help rally Raleigh and return the favor. Another family in Raleigh has suffered a tragic loss. Nation Hahn tragically lost his wife, Jamie, early Wednesday morning as she lost her fight for her life after being stabbed on Monday evening. Nation and Jamie were both heavily involved in the Raleigh community and were seen as a “power couple” at the young ages of 29 and 27.
I personally have only met Nation once at a business networking event but just a week ago we exchanged several emails. He inquired about booking my band, Catch 22, for the Komen Young Professionals band night for breast cancer. When I found out the news that he and his wife were the victims, my heart just sank.
The RaleighIsCool gang has teamed up with local business, Raleigh Screen Print to produce t-shirts with “RaleighNation” and “JamieNation” screen-printed on the front. 100% of all net proceeds will be donated to help Nation recoup the costs of the unexpected medical treatments that the family is experiencing.
The shirt is $20 and $14 of that will be donated. Our goal is to sell at least 1,000 shirts, which would raise $14,000 for the Hahn fund. I’m confident we can do it! Come on Raleigh!
The quote reads “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers
Help us spread the word. Please tweet and share this via social media:
“Purchase your #RaleighNation & #JamieNation shirts! All net proceeds go to @nationhahn – http://bit.ly/raleighnation”
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- Will Hardison