Zephyr Environmental Corporation adopted the ALS Association in 2016 after learning that co-founder, David Cabe, was diagnosed with the disease in late 2015. We wanted to generate awareness and raise funds in a creative, fun and, well, Zephyr kind of way. We became the Cabe’d Crusaders, named after David himself and assuming a superhero moniker with a mission to fight to end ALS.
This year as we brainstormed on ideas for our ALS Crusade (our annual combined effort to raise funds and awareness) and recalled some fond memories of working with David, we realized he had provided us our muse many years before and he didn’t even realize it. David liked to doodle and had an uncanny wit and humor that just made you smile. So, when we told David of the idea to use his drawing, he told us the story of how that sketch came to be…
“What a hoot! In Zephyr’s early years, I was working on a permit for a client to install continuous top smelting (CONTOP) at their Texas copper smelter. Since this was going to be a particularly hard permit to push through we decided we needed a superhero on our team. So, in a meeting with our client, I sketched this superhero on our white board. We got the permit.”
David’s superhero doodle has been transformed into our “Cabe’d Crusader” who is traveling the world on a mission to spread ALS awareness by photo sharing via social media.
On September 22, 2017, our dear friend and mentor passed away peacefully. We have many fond memories of David; he touched and inspired so many of us to be the best we can be and he will be greatly missed. The Cabe family has encouraged us to continue our efforts to bring awareness and raise money for the ALS Association. David’s son expressed his deepest gratitude for our support…
“Everyone wants to think their dad meant something not just to them but to a broader group of people. Your touching tribute to him and the efforts you are taking to raise money for the ALS walks give us that sense in a profound way. I am very grateful for that, and cannot think of a better send-off for Dad than to ride the backs of his colleagues one last time as Contop Man!”
In October and November 2017, Zephyr participated in the Walks to Defeat ALS in Baltimore, Washington DC, San Antonio, Houston/The Woodlands, and Austin. Donning our Cabe’d Crusaders t-shirts featuring our superhero “mascot”, our teams consisted of Zephyr staff along with friends and family of David Cabe. Since we started our ALS Crusade over two years ago, we’ve had a great deal of participation in our fundraising and awareness activities to support David Cabe and the ALS Association.