Posted on October 13, 2017
This man... his heart... these words.
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"How do we communicate the gravity of loss? How do we share the human condition when it overwhelms the mind and senses to point we feel lost in the chaos? How do we move forward? The truth is that the answer is quite simple. We love to the fullest of our ability. We share the burden in what ever way possible. And we face this head on with eyes and heart wide open. I am one of thousands who has lost "everything." And yet, what I once thought was everything is meaningless in the context of what I now know to be most precious in this life. A thousand times I have told my children to value family and community above all else. In the blink of an eye that lesson has been scorched into our lives, more vivid and extreme than I could understand had they not almost ended when we raced from our burning home in the middle of the night.
I have always tried to communicate through our Foundation the importance of purposeful living, sharing love at all times, and being a steward of this lifetime. We were formed through the tragic loss of one of the most incredible humans I have ever known. But through loss we have radiated love to more people than I could have ever imagined. And, I stand here today, my family and I supported by so many of you, with a heart bursting with gratitude. The experience of losing "everything" has made possible the most genuine attainment of love and community beyond what my mind can comprehend.
The Northern California fires that have consumed so much of our beloved landscape are still burning. Lives are being shattered and countless thousands know not what tomorrow will bring. I have been asked "what can I do to help" from so many that I have lost count. The answer is simple. Its right across my chest on the shirt that carried me through the heaviest moment of my life.
B-Brave. B-Love. B-Rad."
Jeremiah M. Kahmoson
The B-Rad Foundation
Photo: Jerry Dodrill Photography