LoMo Makes Delilah’s Day
As the first game in the series against the Rockies concluded on Friday Night, fireworks lit up the sky and I began to think about how yet another wonderful homestand at Marlins Park was coming to a close. I started thinking about what my highlight of the homestand would be for the blog. One moment stood out in my mind. I had a whole little story planned out about Greg Dobbs and how his interaction with youth from the Boys and Girls club was a lifelong lesson in respect. And then, out of nowhere Logan Morrison made one young lady’s day. Let me rephrase that, he made thirty young people with Cerebral Palsy’s day. So here’s the story, and the highlight of the homestand…
It all started back in April when Morrison officially launched “Project LoMo”. Project LoMo is Logan’s own initiative in partnership with the American Lung Association that asks 8-18 year olds to create their own program or event that helps their community become a better place and supports a specific cause that is near to their heart.
The results of project LoMo were incredible. Of all the submissions to Project LoMo, five were selected to attend a Marlins Game at which they met Logan, received a check for $1,000, and threw out a first pitch! I wish I had time to tell you every detail of every project – it’s truly amazing what a fourth grader can accomplish - from as simple as traditional fundraising at summer camp to as complex as distributing musical instruments in 11 states, the kids that shared their stories at the Marlins were truly normal kids with a remarkable dedication to others. But today I have time for just one story – the story of how LoMo delighted Delilah.
Delilah, 12 years old, began helping others through a simple gesture – baking cakes for kids her age with Cerebral Palsy. As she got to know the kids she saw that some of them have trouble communicating and decided that she’d like to raise money to buy them all iPads for them to use to communicate.
On Saturday, LoMo stood in front of Delilah and four other kids and told them all “you are here because you are the future leaders of your community”. He emphasized the importance of what they do and how sharing their story can inspire others. Then, he gave them the opportunity to share their story with him.
As Delilah shared her story of purchasing iPads LoMo was attentive and asked, “How many have you purchased?” Delilah explained that she had been able to purchase ten and now had the money for three more, but that she’d like to get to thirty so that every child in the school that she partners with can have one.
Without hesitation LoMo responded, “We can make that happen”. Though the room full of parents, friends, fellow kids, Marlins employees, and media was already quiet at attention, this promise took it to a new level of awed silence. At least for a moment before it erupted in applause.
As the applause died down, like the 12 year old that she is, Delilah said thank you and then immediately continued on with her story sharing how the program just allows her to be friends with people who really need friends and how she can do even more than give iPads to her new friends like bake cakes and play games.
Thank you Delilah for your beautiful perspective on service, philanthropy, and life. Thank you LoMo for bringing that out and championing that attitude, and for making this week’s highlight of the homestand.
To follow along with all information related to Project LoMo click here.