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Welles Remy Crowther
Welles Remy Crowther
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Every time, I think or hear that name I feel a sense of greatness. What a strong name, befitting of the person he was born to be and the person he was at the time of his death.

 

This Tuesday at the Friars Club annual party as I stood with Abby Siegal and Mitch Tobol I listened as I do every year, to Mr Crowther speak of his son...I hear every syllable every heartache and every part of proudness he feels that his son exemplified during his brave actions, which saved many lives during 9/11. Every year I listen with a heavy heart thinking my oldest son Christopher is getting closer in age to the age Welles was when he lost his life saving others. In my book, a true hero.

 

When my name was announced to accept the award this year from Mr Crowther...(after Abby Siegal said, "You totally won.", to which I replied, "What did we play?"...I assure you no alcohol was involved during this exchange.

 

Never ever in a million years would I have thought my name would be used in the same sentence as Welles Remy Crowther. Never.

 

Back in June of 2011, I donated my kidney to a family member which ultimately turned into a six way swap. I won't bore you with the details. I thought long and hard about my decision, did my due diligence and went on to do what I knew needed to be done. Yes, for me it was that simple. Does that make me a hero? I don't really know. Most that know me well, know that I am a very private person...I guess like Welles you are set on a path and it becomes your calling. Something you could not stop if you tried.

 

So the shock did not wear off till I arrived home and shared with my 3 children. First we watched the documentary narrated by Ed Burns (who grew up in the next town from us). I finally broke down and really haven't stopped crying since. My sons, 19 and 22 consoled me and my middle son said, "He was brave, you are brave, imagine how many people you both inspired to step forward., we all have it in us." WOW! I

believe my older son who was also in shock muttered something about a red bandana for Christmas...and could he keep the award in his room.

 

We all agreed to rotate the award...and then decide where it would rest. I share this award with not only them, but my Gotham family as well. To Mitch Tobol, who support during that time was and still is truly invaluable/priceless.. I still call him to ask which kidney I donated (he has a better memory than I do.)

 

To Fred and Joanne Klein who offered me their house in Key West, post op. That week was pure heaven. I know I recovered faster and stronger just being there. Thank you's never seem enough.

 

I will leave you with this, my baby girl who was born post 9/11 and at 12 years old can who can only now realize the horror of that day, said to me, "Mommy that boy was a hero, I am glad that you two knew each other, I bet you really liked him." Obviously, the time connection does not yet play in her mind.

 

With her words echoing in my heart and soul as I fell asleep Tues.eve, I was comforted by the thought that perhaps we are all connected in some way...

 

To give without thought of receiving is the Gotham mantra which I believe did not find myself or the Crowther family by coincidence....

 

Thank you, Gotham. I am truly humbled and appreciative...and for all the years I have known Fred this was a secret he did not tell. Thank you, thank you.

 

All the best during this holiday time,

Cindy Somma

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  •  Fred wrote 2278 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Great blog and our honor to bestow it upon you!
     
       
     
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  •  Alan_Schwartz wrote 2278 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    In a phrase? Mazel tov, Cindy.
     
       
     
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  •  witsowitz wrote 2278 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo.
     
       
     
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  •  Anonymous wrote 2278 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    What an incredibly poignant and heartfelt blog, Cindy. I have tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. Knowing you and how modest you are, it must have been so difficult to tell your story. I'm sure Fred made you do it.

    I can't imagine anyone more deserving of this incredibly meaningful award. And I'm sure that sharing it with, and inspiring your children with the meaning of it, was truly awesome.

    Congratulations to you and thank you to Welles. You both continue to make the world a better place.
     
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  •  Anonymous wrote 2278 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Brava Cynthia not only for winning the award, but for describing so eloquently and humbly the selfless sacrifice they both made. Would that the world were filled with people like that!
     
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  •  Fred wrote 2278 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It was Riva's suggestion
     
       
     
     
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  •  Riva_Schwartz wrote 2278 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Well deserved, Cindy!
     
       
     
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  •  Anonymous wrote 2278 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    very well done,congratulations on your act of courage and generosity...
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 2278 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    So well deserved and a great blog. Anytime you want to guest blog again, Monday is always a good day. . . :)
     
       
     
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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 2277 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Cindy,
    You are a truly giving person; one who has a friend's back and more; Gotham and this tribal member in particular, truly appreciate what you have done, selflessly!
    :)
     
       
     
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  •  admin wrote 2277 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Was that the right or left one ? :)
     
       
     
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  •  Anonymous wrote 2277 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I was moved by your bavery and knowing it was the right thing to for the person two honeeded the kidney.
    I'm so glad you received this award.
    Best wishes
     
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  •  Anonymous wrote 2277 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    You are inspiration to All! Well Deserved! ♡
     
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  •  Anonymous wrote 2277 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Congratulations Cindy. What a wonderful message. Truly a well deserved honor.
     
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  •  David_Abeshouse wrote 2277 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Kudos once again, Cindy!
     
       
     
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  •  Erik_Scheibe wrote 2276 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Fantastic blog Cindy, and a well-deserved honor
     
       
     
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  •  Lucas_Meyer wrote 2276 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Damn it! It's something I almost never do, but you brought tears to my eyes. Don't do that again!! I'm serious...
     
       
     
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  •  MauriceFrumkin wrote 2276 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Cindy, as a fellow donor I commend you - we have a unique bond and opportunity to raise awareness of the need to help the tens of thousands in need. Congratulations, and so well deserved!!
     
       
     
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  •  Dana_Charlton wrote 2274 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Fabulous Cindy! You and your blog also, beautifully composed. Congratulations!
     
       
     
     
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