Ryan and Ichiro started this business 3 years ago with just an idea; no help from investors, no loans or debt, and most importantly no need to get approval from the government. It’s the American Dream, and we have been able to live it.
Ryan’s father immigrated to the US from Poland, and he came to this country hoping to make a better life for his family. Through his hard work and perseverance he was able to build an amazing life for them (please watch his video below). Ryan grew up knowing America as the land where dreams come true, and you can be whatever you will make of yourself. The love that his father has for our country and his firsthand knowledge of America as a land of potential inspired Ryan to join the military, where he spent years of his life defending our freedoms and the freedoms of our allies around the world. Unfortunately just after we started Checkoff, Ryan was diagnosed with Cancer. Because of the ACA (Obamacare) Ryan was able to get quick and affordable cancer treatment and is now clear and healthy! Without the assistance of our amazing country who knows what may have happened.
Ichiro is also a first generation American, born in NYC to parents from Japan. Ichiro’s father was also able to turn his dream of a better life for his family into a reality. He founded an architecture firm in NYC and has literally changed the skyline, in NYC and in other cities around the world.
We are both the children of immigrants. We were both raised by people who came from other countries and built their lives on the American dream, and they were role models who showed us that this is truly the land of opportunity. To say that Checkoff would not exist without them is an understatement.
Our stories are not unique.
We are all immigrants- this country was founded by immigrants.
Do not forget this and let’s hope America stays the Land of the Free.
I hope everyone remembers what this country is about.
From the Statue of Liberty:
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
America is only 240 years old. We have built and achieved so much in this short amount of time. Please do not let hate and fear destroy it.
Remember who you are and where we all came from.
Thank you Kerry :)