POR Stories: Ilona Brown

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When my husband Sam passed away two and a half years ago, our family was devastated, not the least of whom were my two sons, Max and Leo, just 3 1/2 yrs and 6 months old at the time.

Thanks to Pants Off Racing my children have not just one, but an entire family, of big brothers to look up to; male role models that continue to show up on a consistent basis.

In fact, P.O.R. came to the rescue so many times I’ve almost lost count! The first amazing thing they did was to track down a stuffed parrot that Max’s father had given him and which somehow got lost. Max was so upset to lose something so meaningful. I wish you could have seen his face when P.O.R. Meerkats showed up with the toy in hand…Pure joy!

When we moved across country to Boston P.O.R. showed their presence by coming over to help celebrate Max’s birthday, took both Max and Leo to the aquarium downtown, and then took me to dinner after.

When we moved back to California, they asked how they could be of help, spent time with my children playing tennis, going bowling, coming with us to the park. These are just a few examples of the concrete and meaningful ways P.O.R. has shown up in our life and made a difference to our family.

I will forever be grateful for the kindness shown by the entire extended Pants Off Racing team.

Thank you times a million.

In gratitude and joy,

-Ilona Brown