In a little over one week, I will be racing in the Ironman World Triathlon Championship on the Big Island of Hawaii. This will be my third Ironman race, and my first time in competing in the world championships.
My journey into triathlon was born out of a near tragedy a little over fourteen years ago. One night, during the filming of Alcon's first movie, MY DOG SKIP, someone in the neighborhood in which we were working, started firing a gun at our film set. I was hit by a .45 caliber bullet. As terrible and shocking as the experience was for me, I was incredibly fortunate that the bullet struck my right femur. Had it traveled a foot further and hit me in the chest, or head, I would have been killed instantly. After a very difficult 18 months of rehab, I began to regain my athletic abilities and started on my road into endurance sports.
This past July, our nation and our industry was shocked by the horrific events in Aurora, Colorado when citizens in a movie theater, there to enjoy a truly great film, were brutally attacked by a madman with an artillery of weapons. Like all of us, I was sickened by the events in Aurora. However, as a victim of gun violence myself, I had a unique understanding of what those moviegoers had experienced.
So, on October 13th, when I swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles, I will be doing it not just for myself, but also for those fellow citizens and gun-shot victims in Aurora. I am writing to you to ask for your contribution to the fund I have started for those affected by this tragedy. I am hoping that with your help and generosity, I can powerfully leverage my good fortune in having survived gun violence, to help some of the victims better cope with their lives in the aftermath of the tragedy. Many victims are still facing long and arduous recoveries with great financial burdens.
I have partnered with The Giving Back Fund in this effort and they are donating their services so that 100% of every dollar that you contribute, will go directly to support the Aurora victims. For your ease, you can donate to my Fund online or you may mail a check to:
The Andrew A. Kosove Aurora Hope Fund
The Giving Back Fund
6033 W. Century Blvd. Suite 350
Los Angeles, CA 90045
All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. (Tax ID # 04-3367888)
Thank you for your support of my efforts to help the victims of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy.