5-years, 9-months, 27-days into Samantha’s abduction

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Sunday, September 7, 2014: Sam, your Dad did it! Your Dad is an American National Champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It was an amazing day. My academy had close to a dozen competitors in competition. Many of whom took home medals yesterday. I competed in 2 different divisions. The first division is based on rank, age and weight. I won the gold medal in this division.
The second division is called the “open” division. The open division is all the medal winners in their respective divisions getting together compete. I fell a little short of a second gold medal here and took home silver in a very tough gold medal match. The great thing about jiu jitsu is the brotherhood with all the competitors. No egos and the semblance of family within the sport. Its always an honor to compete against these people.

This morning I am in San Clemente. Today is the “Live Like Nick” charity run. I’m here supporting friends running in the event. And its a great cause. The run is on honor of Nick Pasquale. Nick was from San Clemente and played football at San Clemente High School. Because of his small size for a football player, he was considered an underdog for the big college football programs. Instead of getting a scholarship to play football Nick was a walk-on at UCLA. In a short time Nick made his way to the starting team and played football at a very high level for UCLA. Towards the end of last season, Nick was walking home from a party when he was hit by a car. Unfortunately, Nick did not survive his injuries. He was only 20-years old when he passed away. UCLA played the rest of the football season in honor of Nick. In the last year Nick’s parents and UCLA got together and started The Nick Pasquale Foundation. In fact the UCLA football team is here. That says a lot about them because they had played a tough football game just last night. The foundation raises money to help fund scholarship programs for kids going to college. This is the first annual and by the size of the turnout, this is going to become a very big event every year. “Live Like Nick” is about pursuing your dreams. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If your mind can conceive it, you can achieve it. Life is too short to live someone else’s dream.

Nick’s mother gave an inspiring speech before the runners took off. I give her all the credit in the world for putting this together in such a short period of time. The love she has for her son did all this. Mothers everywhere can learn by her example.

In a sense Sam, when our situation resolved this is exactly what I am going to do. The Wendy Samantha Foundation was always more than a website. When we are done we will be able to help other parents going through what we are going through. I LOVE YOU SAM!!!