Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Project Chris


UPDATE: It is with a heavy heart we must share that on Sunday, June 29th Chris Budd passed away peacefully, after his long battle with cancer. The team at Project Treasure sends our most sincere condolences to The Budd Family and would like to thank them for allowing us to peak into the life of such a wonderful man. 

If you would like to send a note to The Budd Family, please do so by visiting http://www.projecttreasure.com/treasure/project/3family.

To make a donation to the Friends for Budd Fund, please visit 


When you Google the word Hero the following definition appears: 

A person who is admired or idealized for courage, 
outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. 


Combining all of those qualities in one person seems unrealistic and near impossible, hence the reason the word hero is not thrown around lightly. In fact, most who are associated with the title are fictional characters who can be found tossing around 4 ton vehicles on the nearest movie theater screen. The reality is, it is not so easy for an average person to become a hero because the list of qualifications are not to be taken lightly . However, every now and then a non-fictional, real-life hero breaks his way through the mold and shines so bright you can’t classify him as anything but just that.

Meet Chris Budd.

When Project Chris was created, the intent was to gather a few colleagues and close friends and send uplifting thoughts and well wishes to Chris during a difficult time in his life. The initial invitation went out to 25 people, with a 4-day deadline in place. After one day, the list of participants grew by the dozen. By day four, Project Treasure received almost 100 additional letters from friends, colleagues, family and even those Chris had never actually met before. Needless to say, the deadline was forced to be extended due to the volume of participants reaching out to be a part of Project Chris. It was not out of the ordinary to receive a large quantity of letters for one individual but what was, was the quality of love and admiration that quickly filled his box.

Our team realized early on that Project Chris was different, that Chris himself was different. The common thread throughout was the need to explain to Chris just how much he impacted their life, for the better. The many ways he displays courage and exemplifies what it means to live life with great intention and a wide-open heart. From his close relationships to his family to his unconditional kindness that spills into the lives of complete strangers, it was obvious to the team at Project Treasure that our latest hero had been found.

Simply put, Chris is an ordinary man who has accomplished extraordinary achievements. No he wasn’t born with a super power nor does he have a private-plane and tremendous riches but what he does have is just as impressive. He has compassion, empathy, integrity and an unwavering mental fortitude that can be seen as a gift not only to himself but to all those that flooded our inbox with notes. There is something about him that is both unforgettable and inspiring because of the natural manner in which he effortlessly opens his heart to those who didn’t even know they needed it. In our eyes, these are the characteristics of a real-life hero and something to be celebrated. 

Chris’ friends and family agreed and when they discovered in 2011 that Chris had metastatic colon cancer, they reacted the way they knew Chris would if the tables were turned. They created the Friends for Budd Fund as a way of building monetary support for the man who had given them so much more over the years. Together they rallied around Chris and his family and continue to do so today.

Despite his diagnosis, Chris never let cancer define him and in fact, several people who reached out weren’t even aware he was sick. To those who know him, if one were to Google the word hero or Chris Budd, a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities would still appear, either way. His immense strength to be present on days when most wouldn’t entertain the thought were referred to as courageous. The power to make somebody feel truly seen and heard is an outstanding achievement in today’s world and his moral compass and Faith, noble. After experiencing the movement that became of Project Chris, we’d have to agree. 

“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”

If you wish to donate to the Friends for Budd Fund, visit http://www.friendsforbudd.com/ today.

And for those who wish to add to Project Chris, a secondary Project has been created and will remain open through July 11th. Visit http://www.projecttreasure.com/treasure/project/3family to log in and
create your note to Chris and/or his family. There is no cost and anyone is welcome to participate.


Monday, May 12, 2014

The Best Mother's Day Ever




So, WHO had the "Best Mother's Day Ever"?? 


Thank you for the best Mother's Day ever. 
I read all your notes and cried because I was so surprised and happy - 
I feel so loved! You are all so dear to me, I am truly blessed. 

Special thanks to Katy for organizing such a 
lovely gift that I will treasure forever.

With love and gratitude,Betsy


Never underestimate the power of your words - they can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinarily, unforgettable memory. Your words have the power to give someone their best day ever.

A big thank you to all who came together on this very special Mother's Day Project for Betsy. You obviously left a very large imprint on an already impactful day.

Thank you for letting Project Treasure be a part of something so special!



Monday, April 28, 2014

Words Gone Viral



Think your words can't have a profoundly positive impact on others - even strangers? 
This experiment gone viral may just change your mind.

A Utah youth group's music video is going viral, but it's not the song causing a commotion, it's the awesome message it is sending that has people shouting positive words from rooftops all over the country.
In the video, each boy from the group wrote a positive word on a note card describing each girl in the group all while the girls unknowingly played games in a separate room. 
One by one, each girl was brought into a room and asked to hold up a blank poster board in front of a camera. Each boy the placed their note card on the girl's poster board and walked out of the room. Finally, the girls were instructed to turn over their board to reveal the unexpected words of kindness and honesty on the other side. 
Their candid, genuine smiles are the reason this video has gone viral and make it a must watch!



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Five ways to show support during difficult times

It is always difficult to watch someone you care about, grieve the loss of a loved one. Often, we do not know what to say or do. A few years ago, I lost my cousin who was also my very dear friend. As I look back on the experience, what stands out the most to me was the overwhelming feeling of love that was poured out by my friends. Most vividly, I remember so many of them showing up to the funeral. Many of them had never even met my cousin. They came to support me. Since then, I have made it a point to use difficult times to pour out love on the people I treasure.

There are ways to come alongside someone and let them know you care. Expressing love during these difficult times is really the most valuable thing we can offer. The following are some easy and practical tips for supporting a friend during a time of loss.

1. Acknowledge the loss. Whether it be through a card, gift or even a text message or email. Reaching out during this time is often what gives the person hope that they are surrounded by love. If you don't know what to say, sometimes the simplest message is best - I would like to offer my sincere condolences on..., I was deeply saddened to hear about...,I am very sorry for the loss of your...It is often nice to mention what you treasured about the person who passed. If you did not know them personally, you can recognize what you treasured about your friend's relationship with their loved one. Keep your note short. Make sure your message lets them know you are there for them but does not require a response.

2. Cooking a meal or baking some treats is often a nice way to express love and support.

3. Remembering special dates like birthdays, anniversaries or special holidays. The first year is always most difficult. Set a calendar reminder for yourself so you can reach out on those hard days.

4. If you want to send a gift, consider sending a plant, tree or rose bush instead of traditional flowers. People are typically overwhelmed by flowers and once they die, they often end up being a burden instead of a comfort. Sending something that can be planted in their yard is a good way to give a lasting memorial gift.

5. Most importantly, remember that grief doesn't end when the funeral is over, it lasts for a long time. Check in often and let people know that you are there for them if they need you.

Kim Freid
CEO