As some of you may or may not know, Friday, August 9th, 2013 was a very special day for Femi Memorial Outreach Fund. That was the Friday we came together to celebrate the short-lived life of Olufemi (Femi) Pedro. If you don't know who he is by now, Olufemi (Femi) Robert Martin Pedro is the reason why we have FEMI MEMORIAL OUTREACH FUND today! He died at the young age of 19 due to a rare cancer, and even though his life was cut short, his legacy continues to live on through our program. His birthday was a very special day, not only to his family and friends, but to the organization and the children who are impacted by Femi Memorial Outreach Fund. It was truly a day of celebration and success, rather than mourning. We honored his life. We shared laughs, stories and food, of course. It also turned out to be a really good turn out!
The day started very special, it started off with going to Mass and staying about thirty minutes after Mass to pray the Rosary. It was so heart-warming to see the amount of children who were served by Femi Memorial Outreach Fund come out to support. They remembered that August 9th was a very special day. The success that they have gained thus far was due to the organization and their hard work, and yet they haven't forgotten about that. They remained humble and that was a great feeling. It was like receiving a thank-you for everything that Femi Memorial Outreach Fund has done for them and let me tell you, words can't describe how greatful they are.
Anywho, after Mass, we gathered more people and waited for more people, because there are some who like to show up fashionably late lol. Don't worry, we are all guilty of this! Many family, close friends and workers of Femi have showed up and we all ate at Red Lobster. Now, this was my first time at Red Lobster and I don't like seafood, but thank goodness they had Cajun Chicken Pasta.....Yuuuuuuuummmmmmmmy! Service was great, workers were nice and company topped it off! I mean we spent hours at that table sharing laughs and listening to great historical stories from a man who witnessed history himself. This man was amazing, he's an eighty-five year old, retired doctor. He had many stories to tell, he was like an open history book. Now, why didn't I have him as my History teacher? I would've loved the class back in High School! Oh well, those couple of hours learning more and revisiting history with someone who was actually there during the time, was priceless. It was such a great time listening to him.
Sadly after that, the day had to come to a close and we all had to go home...Boooo! No one likes to leave a good party, right? But we had a BLAST, that's right, you heard me... B-L-A-S-T, BLAST! Now this is how you celebrate a birthday and honor someone's legacy. It was a great start to a boring weekend! With that being said, YOU MISSED OUT!
But don't worry, you will and always will be invited to future birthday bashes for Femi!
We know that Femi would have wanted us to be happy on this day and cherish every moment in life. I know that he was looking down on his family, so proud, of their hard work and strength. I know that Femi looked down at the great successes of the organization and would want forFemi Memorial Outreach Fund to continue on in future years to come, even stronger.