After a stellar six year (and counting) match, Luke Walford has been named the Big Brother of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. This award recognizes Luke for his unwavering commitment to his Little, Brian.
Luke and Brian’s bond has remained strong throughout all of their major life events over the past six years, including Brian’s transition from elementary school to high school, and Luke’s marriage and growing family. The match has always been an integral part of each other’s lives.
And though weddings and new baby announcements have been very exciting, it’s the little things that have made this match so strong. Luke makes it a priority to attend Brian’s karate tournaments and the two play golf frequently. Most importantly, Luke introduced Brian to photography, a skill the high school student is already turning into a career through an internship with Robbinsdale Public Schools. Brian attributes his enthusiasm for his work to the support from his Big Brother. “I know that if I wouldn’t have ever met Luke my life would not be the same,” said Brian. “It is because of Luke’s love, encouragement and commitment to me that I have found my passion for photography.”
Luke is very proud of his Little Brother, saying, “I’ve enjoyed watching Brian mature from a boy who was once too shy to order food at a restaurant into a photographer who takes control and directs people on photo shoots,” said Luke. “I know he’s got a bright future.”
The encouragement and support evident in this match extends beyond the two of them; Brian’s mother, Sarah, considers Luke a part of their family, saying, “I truly believe that God sent Luke to us to make sure that Brian had a friend and mentor to help him navigate his way through life,” she said.
Congratulations on being the 2014 Big Brother of the Year, Luke!