Our Mission

On May 12, 2012 Austin Brashears finished what is one of the most epic stories of all time: his life story. He lived colorfully and beautifully during his 21 years and painted pictures all over the world of his kindness, generosity, and positive spirit. We have decided to begin the stage of moving forward to embark on a grand adventure to create new memories with Austin every day. It can be something as little as trying a new flavor of coffee or going underwater go-cart racing in his honor. We invite you to play with us, laugh with us, and take risks with us. We encourage you to put your Austin foot forward and begin to live with Austin and his energetic spirit as your guide.

He needs our help to finish his epic adventure.

We’ll be posting our adventures here for you to read and hopefully be inspired by, but we want to hear from you too! When you do something amazing and incredible or just a little something you know that Austin would LOVE or appreciate, throw on your Austin merch (v-neck, tank, or bracelet) and take a picture! Write up a post and email it to us at doitforaustin@gmail.com and we’ll share it with everyone!

Have a great Austin Adventure Day,

Sage, Brittany, Cole, & Shannon

The Family

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Weekend in the Whites

This past weekend I went up into the White Mountains in New Hampshire with the BU Outing Club. We made it to the summit of two mountains, Mt. Pierce (4,310 ft) and Mt. Jackson (4,052 ft) on our 7 mile loop with a total of 2600ft vertical gained. Every hike (or tramp, as they are called in NZ) I've ever been on there's this amazing feeling that hits you when you first come up above treeline (or maybe its just the strong winds up there). Up there you can leave anything you want to behind, below among the trees. It's a peaceful escape up above the world, weather permitting. I got really into hiking/tramping while over in New Zealand with Austin and I brought my passion for everything outdoors and spending quality time with quality people on adventures back to Boston. I've met so many amazing people on my past hiking and camping trips, and I'm always excited to meet more. I've learned its all about the people we surround ourselves with, and I, as I am sure many of you do, keep Austin close to me always, especially on adventures.

Love Always,

Monday, April 1, 2013

109m high, 60 m of free fall, reaching 150Kph with a 200 M arc

So I am incredibly scared of heights. I used to avoid them when possible, however, I have wanted to overcome my phobia for ages now. Fortunately, the perfect opportunity presented itself to me in Queenstown, NZ when I was offered a Canyon Swing. At 109m high, 60 m of free fall, reaching 150Kph with a 200 M arc I thought what a better way to conquer my fears. So on 3/20/2013 at 3:15pm I got on the bus with a few friends and rode up to the canyon that I sould be throwing myself off of. I would love to say I was brave enough to do it solo but I wasn't, so my friend Rob helped me out by going tandem with me. We decided to go backwards which has a 4 underwear raitng and is described as very scary on the (poop your pants) rating scale. The ment responsible for our harnesses joked around with us saying that things looked alright, asking if there was more duct tape but there wasn't and "oh well, it's good enough", saying he was still a little drunk from lunch...It all seems funny now but I wasn't laughing then. They had us inch over to place our heels over the edge and at this point my whole body was shaking and I was nauseated. They lean you back for a photo and tell you stay nice and stiff and just lean back. Then they bring you back to standing at which time you count down from 3 and jump. I knew that Rob was going to jump and when they counted down I had to just shut my eyes and go with the flow. My eyes remained closed for the three seconds of free fall but then I opened them up to the amazing view. I was still very shaky and was just kind of laughing at the fact I just jumped off of a cliff. I am glad I did it but will probably not be doing it again. I kept thinking about Austin's bungy jump video to find the courage to do this and it definitely helped. I am still a little scared of heights but now I have a new perspective and I am better for the jump and for knowing Austin.

-Rebecca Crastnopol (Austin's Water polo coach at BU)

Our Catalina Adventure

Back in June, Tom and I were driving home from Northern California when we passed a sign that said you can go to Catalina free on your birthday. Well it was June 17th which is my bday so a bit late for that but Tom's was coming up on the 23rd. I said, "You know they have parasailing in

Catalina and I told Austin I would do it someday". Tom said, "Let's go" and that is how it started. Next thing you know we decide that we should all go and so Matt drove down for the weekend and off we went........

We had the earliest boat out because that was all that was left when we decided to do this but that was ok, it just meant we had lots of time to play. Tom got his "Birthday boy" sticker which he wore proudly.

It was still a bit to dark and cold for water sports so we decided to go mini-golfing (bday boy was free). If you have ever gone mini-golfing with any member of our family you will know that we are a bit competitive. Well get all of us playing and what can I say - it made for an interesting morning. We all had our Austin shirts on so we know he was joining in as well. There was an older couple behind us so we offered to let them pass us since we had 5 but they said they were really enjoying watching us play. We are quite something.............

After that we were starving from our strenuous game so we found a good breakfast spot and chowed down. Next we headed over to the cove and decided to
go snorkeling for a bit. It was a little cold but most of us went for it anyway and had a good time. The bday boy watched our stuff and took pictures which meant he did not feel like getting wet and cold. I mean that is all part of the adventure right?

NOW it was time for the thing we all came for................. PARASAILING!!! It had sounded like such a good idea until it was really time to go. I kept thinking about the conversation with Austin where he told me to try skydiving and I said, "No way, maybe I could handle parasailing but never sky diving". He said, "Then do it mom, really just go and do it". So here we were all 5 of us getting ready to "just go and do it". First up was Nicole and Travis 
and it was fun watching them up high and getting dipped in the water. They were yelling and cheering so were we, it really looked so cool. Here are some of their pictures. 

 But when it came time for Tom, Matthew and I am was really starting to second guess the whole 
thing. You get strapped up, sit down and next thing you know the boat pulls away and up you go. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!! We were laughing and screaming and loving every minute of it. We got brought down and dipped in the water and up again. It was over way to fast. I would do it again sometime but Austin would say there are so many other things to do.
After the highlight of our day Nicole took some time to relax and lay out, Matt & Travis went out kayaking and Tom and I headed off on a 2 person bike (never again). Biking was fun but I think we each need our own bikes in the future. We finished the day at a great local Italian place and the food was delicious. We enjoyed each others company over a great meal and then just wandered back over to the boat. We had the last boat of the night for the same reason as the early one but it worked out great for us. The day was great and it was because we decided that we needed to be more adventurous, be more spontaneous, be more like Austin and really learn to 
 enjoy life. 

As Tom and I sat in the row behind the kids talking about our day we looked at their 3 heads and 4 seats and knew that one very important person was missing from all this and felt his loss so strong in that moment. Things are hard and sometimes scary but for Austin we will continue to "Do it for the story".