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Please help Kate and me raise money for the Aiden and Lily Cohen (educational) Trust

On February 15, 2012 my good friend Aaron Cohen was cycling on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami, FL and was struck by a hit-and-run driver. An avid triathlete, Aaron was thrown 30 feet and suffered massive brain injuries. Heartbreaking to all of us who knew him, Aaron did not survive the accident. Most affected by the tragedy have been his wife, Patty, their 3-year-old daughter, Lily, and their 1-year-old son, Aiden.

Aaron was a truly unique individual. He was perhaps the most selfless, generous, caring, concerned and interested individual that has ever moved through my life. I first met Aaron in 1988 when we took a Kaplan study course for the MBA. He naturally leveraged the course into an MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business while I evidently used the course for social networking. The study course ultimately resulted in Aaron’s interviewing with Peterson Consulting / Navigant Consulting, where we worked together for many years, and a 14-year friendship that included holidays together, travel, Aaron standing up for me at my wedding, and many other significant events in each other’s lives.

To provide you with a little insight into his character, allow me to share a brief story with you that someone posted on his Facebook wall shortly after he died. A young woman named Danielle said that, “about 2 years ago [she] was a run away and living on the streets at 16. Aaron took care of [her] and did everything he could to help [her]. He fed [her], got [her] clothes, invited [her] in his home for soup when [she] was sick, tried getting [her] into school, and did everything to help [her] find a home. [She] never thought a stranger would do so much for someone he barely knew. He meant so much to [her] that [she] invited him to [her] graduation and mentioned him in [her] speech.” She said that Aaron was like a dad to her. To those of us who knew Aaron, his response to Danielle comes as no surprise; he saw someone in need and he reacted in the only way he knew how.

Aaron’s legacy of helping others is continuing to grow even after his death. Unfortunately, Aaron was not the first cyclist killed on the roads of south Florida…or elsewhere. Activists are trying to change this and to make the roads safer for cyclists and other athletes and are using Aaron’s accident as a catalyst in this cause. On this page you will find the artwork for a billboard that will soon be raised on I-95, encouraging safety for all the users of the roads. Even in death, Aaron is working to help others, to improve safety and to make the world a better place.

On May 26th, Kate and I are running in the Soldier Field 10-Mile run to raise money for a trust that has been established for his children’s educational needs. If you know me, you know this is not something that will come easy. The furthest I have ever run is a 10K in 1992. After that run I feigned an ankle injury (actually, it WAS real), and hung up my running shoes. But 20 years later I find myself with a new pair of running shoes and I’ve been training. And Kate promises to drag me across the finish line if need be. And I know that Aaron will be running beside me throughout the race. So please…sponsor Kate and me in a tribute to Aaron. Sponsor Kate and me in support of Lily and Aiden’s future. Sponsor Kate and me to help relieve a little bit of worry from Patty’s life.

Thank you.

Andy Bowyer

BTW, if you would also like to run the race and help raise money for The Aiden and Lily Cohen Trust…please join us. Contact me and let’s join forces in honoring Aaron.


** IF YOU'D PREFER TO WRITE A CHECK, YOU CAN MAKE IT TO "THE AIDEN AND LILY COHEN TRUST" AND MAIL IT TO ME. YOU CAN ALSO MAKE A WIRE TRANSFER DIRECTLY INTO THE TRUST ACCOUNT - CONTACT ME FOR THAT INFORMATION. **
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