Mark and Eli: Kindred Spirits

Rick Ohren News November 26, 2018

Little Brother Eli and his Big Mark have been matched since December, 2015. During that time, Mark says he’s seen Eli transform “from a 10-year-old boy to a 12-year-old young man.” When we asked Mark to describe his Little, he told us that “Eli is mature for his age, he is naturally curious and he’s a great listener.” Their bond is unmistakable, “I never had a younger brother, and Eli has never had another sibling, and I consider our relationship to be one of the most meaningful and familial of my life. We play soccer together, watch movies, try new food, cheer during Super Bowls, cook dinner, go on terrifying roller coasters (he’s braver than me), and we always enjoy each other’s company.”

Mark says “Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area did a phenomenal job matching Eli & I together, and I think I can speak for both of us when I say that our relationship has made an incredibly positive impact on both of our lives.” His positive experience lead Mark to join the Junior Board, which works to support the organization through fundraising events and community outreach. Now Mark is part of the BBBS community in more ways than one and we are so grateful for his enthusiasm, commitment and generous spirit.

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