An Open Letter to Hunter's Pack
Posted on 26 December 2017
Dear Hunter’s Pack,
After all of the spam I sent you all via email and text message the past month you may find this hard to believe, but I’m truly at a loss for words. After more than a month of planning, coordinating, and executing, we did it. Yesterday, with your support, we were able to deliver one of the best presents I’ve ever been a part of to my sister, her husband, and their new son Hunter. Hunter’s pack has spread to more than thirty cities across the country, demonstrating the breadth of love and support a strong little boy in the mountains of Colorado has behind him. From the coasts of Cape Cod to the glory of Grant’s Pass, Hunter is fiercely loved. I will be forever grateful for everyone who has embraced, me, my family, and the idea that when you need it most, the “Pack’s got your back.”
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support of the entire YXU team, and they deserve as much recognition and thanks as anyone for helping to pull this off. We’re in this winding start-up journey together, but setting a goal to sell and distribute more than one-hundred shirts across the country in a couple weeks’ time was my crazy idea. They never flinched though, rallying behind me and my family. That goes beyond “business,” but that’s exactly the kind of people I want to be doing “business” with. I am lucky and grateful to have a small group of genuine friends that I can count on no matter what.
In closing, I can’t help but think of the long road we had to travel to be in a position to execute on this. The experiences, confidence, and credibility to pull this off were built and bargained for based on the bets of complete strangers. They bet their time and reputation on me, on us, on YXU. First it was a student at Michigan State and his desire to help in Haiti. Then it was an old high school friend, a strong little girl in Maryland and an entire team rallying to find a cure. And just this past summer it was a network of young leaders from around the country ready to take on their role as world beaters. All of that led us to this. And now this will evolve into what’s next. The standard for what we can expect from ourselves and the impact we can have in the lives of those around us has been raised, and communities and all of us that live in them will be better because it.