In Loving Memory of Larry Simon, Esq.
Today is the 5th anniversary of my brother Larry’s passing. He was killed by a young woman driving under the influence on October 18, 2006. This year, instead of dwelling on what should have never been, my sister Sue and I have decided to do something meaningful in honor of Larry’s life. We have partnered with an anti-bullying organization that we support, Bullying…We’re Kickin’ It (KI), to give out Track & Field scholarships in memory of Larry. On Thursday, October 20th, our family, our friends, and supporters of KI will be attending a red carpet event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Squares to increase awareness about bullying and to raise money for programs for children across the U.S. who have experienced bullying. A group of students from New York and New Jersey, some of whom have been targeted by bullies, have put together a fantastic program, which showcases the talents that have sustained them through their most difficult times. We’re Kickin’ It (KI) is all about empowering targets of bullying to move beyond their negative experiences and to focus on sharing their talents with the world. Larry always showed respect and kindness to others, so this is the perfect way to celebrate his life. It’s always tough to make a trip to pay our respects to Larry at the cemetery, but this year I will take special comfort in knowing that his life, although short, touched so many and will continue to have a positive impact. On behalf of my family, I would like to give special thanks to Larry’s friends, who were eager to support the scholarship. My family and I are touched by your kind words and generosity. Sir Lawrence (as I affectionately call him), you are missed by all who were blessed enough to see your infectious smile and experience your warmth, kindness, and love of life. We love you, Larry!