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11/24/2011 1:03:00 PM
Meet Ken and Ricardo

So you know how to swim, hike, play catch, watch movies, bake cookies, or just plain have fun – what are you waiting for? Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is really that simple.

Meet our match of the week, Ken and Ricardo,Ken and Ricardo are celebrating their two-year anniversary next month,

Ken has recently done something very special and unique to honor their match. Ken’s son is an artist in Colorado who paints life-size murals. Ken thought it would be wonderful to immortalize his and Ricky’s friendship on a grand scale, so he had his son include a picture of himself and Ricky in a Mural! He also had his son include the phrase, “he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”, because Ken believes deeply that being a Big Brother is not a burden, but a blessing.

Ken explains: “We have gone to movies and spent time together in the library. We have played sports, gone bowling with the BBBS group and with his family, taken two train trips to the Grand Canyon, participated in the “Connections” horse lessons, ridden the trolley and shared meals together, plus a lot of other activities.

However, it isn’t the activities that matter, it is the “bond” that I feel with him, and the gratitude I feel in having an opportunity to be part of his life. He is a very special young man and I am blessed to be learning from him each time we are together.”

After all, we are brothers.”

Being a Big Sister or Big Brother is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Of the children waiting for a Big right now, there’s one wanting to go on a hike, bake cookies or just hang out with someone like you.

Sign up today by calling Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters at (928)-634-9789 or sign up online at www.azbigs.org

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