Listeners will instantly establish an instant connection with Stanley Babinski who lost his only son to cancer. In this extremely emotional episode, Stanley talks about how he carries on the legacy of his son. Losing his son made him realize the futility of chasing materialistic pleasures. He urges everyone to treasure every moment with your near and dear ones. Tune-in and learn more about how Stanley is fighting hard to cope the best way he can from his tragic loss.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 00:35 – Leigh welcomes Stanley
- 00:54 – Stanley lives in Washington, Michigan, a suburb twenty miles north of Detroit
- 01:00 – Stanley has been a broker for 17 years, and runs his own brokerage company, Homes and Land Real Estate LLC
- 01:52 – Goal Number 7: “Enjoy Life”
- 02:00 – Story is about Stanley’s son who tragically passed away from cancer 7 years back just after his 20th birthday
- 02:16 – Started a foundation in the memory of his son which provides benefits for football players
- 02:40 – Criteria for picking beneficiaries is perseverance, responsibility, integrity, dignity and educational excellence
- 03:00 – Reached out to Boys and Girls Club in Royal Oak, Michigan to see if he could start something in this area; Stanley was able to establish a club in 18 months
- 03:25 – Stanley’s son had written down Goal #7: “Enjoy life” while bravely putting up a fight against cancer
- 03:33 – Stanley’s son wanted to beat the disease, be responsible, move out of the house, get a good paying job and lastly, to enjoy life to the fullest
- 03:46 – Developed strength to start working on his mission 7 years after his son passed away; started fundraising for the local Boys and Girls Club and his foundation 7-7-17
- 04:23 – Stanley’s son was a football player as well; A 6’2” gentle giant who could destroy you if he wanted to, but he chose to play instead
- 05:15 – Chose to push forward, remember him and let other people know that we are here only for a short time, and we have to enjoy what’s happening
- 05:47 – Stanley says that community support has helped him move forward – Stanley is grateful that the community has been receptive to his ideas
- 06:01 – There is more to life than chasing materialistic pleasures
- 06:31 – Treasure every moment and understand that it can be taken away tomorrow
- 07:01 – Serves as unit director of the Stanley Ian Babinski Unit
- 07:13 – Is available M-F during the school year from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
- 07:18 – Facilitates programs on academic success, character, leadership, citizenship and healthy lifestyle, recreational activities as well as cooking classes
- 08:00 – Personally conducts the cooking classes; the small mishaps make the classes all the more heartwarming for Ian
- 08:41 – Stanley helps other families cope with the loss of their children; you might feel guilty about experiencing pleasure, but you need to remember that your child wants you to be happy
- 09:09 – To mourn forever would not make them happy in their afterlife
- 09:36 – Places no importance on the materialistic aspect of business; gets pleasure out of the fact that he is in a business where he can bring joy to people
- 10:48 – At the Boys and Girls Club, kids learn how to be practical and serve others
- 10:57 – Business associates are sliding back to their old ways as the economy grows stronger
- 11:28 – If you can mentor kids to give, they will see the joy that others get out of it and you will get just as much out of life (or more) than from material things
- 12:34 – Listen to people, let them talk, let them vent, don’t judge and be a gentleman
- 13:35 – Call Stanley at 586-362-3310
- 13:45 – If you wish to donate, be a sponsor or purchase an “Enjoy Life” T-shirt please log on to The Boys and Girls Clubs Alternatively you can also contact Ian via Facebook
- 14:28 – Let us show Stanley our love by having #EnjoyLife trending on Twitter
- 15:16 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate
3 Key Points
- Treasure every moment and remember that it can be taken away.
- While moving on with life is hard for parents who lose a child, it is important to remember that mourning forever would not make our children happy in their afterlives.
- Listen to people, let them talk, let them vent, don’t judge and be polite.