Mentor: Big Brothers Big Sisters changed my life - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Mentor: Big Brothers Big Sisters changed my life

Posted: Updated:
© CBS 5 © CBS 5
  • SportsMore>>

  • Dez Bryant just reaching his prime

    Dez Bryant just reaching his prime

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:09:17 GMT
    Dez Bryant is the big brother to the Cowboys younger receivers and is leading by example in his fifth year in the league. Already a Pro-Bowler at age 25, Dez Bryant is just entering his prime.More >>
    Dez Bryant is the big brother to the Cowboys younger receivers and is leading by example in his fifth year in the league. Already a Pro-Bowler at age 25, Dez Bryant is just entering his prime.
    More >>
  • Morris Claiborne trying to live up to hype

    Morris Claiborne trying to live up to hype

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-07-29 04:01:40 GMT
    Through two seasons, Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne has just two interceptions. That's not a lot of production from a guy who was taken in the top 10 of the NFL draft. However, fighting to keep his starting job, Claiborne has been a different player so far in training camp.More >>
    Through two seasons, Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne has just two interceptions. That's not a lot of production from a guy who was taken in the top 10 of the NFL draft. However, fighting to keep his starting job, Claiborne has been a different player so far in training camp.More >>
  • L'Damian Washington fighting to make Cowboys roster

    L'Damian Washington fighting to make Cowboys roster

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:22:52 GMT
    While most of the focus in training camp is on starters and key contributors, rookies are on the same field fighting to make a name for themselves. in the case of rookie wide receiver L'Damian Washington, who has lost both his parents, he's fighting for much more than roster spot..More >>
    While most of the focus in training camp is on starters and key contributors, rookies are on the same field fighting to make a name for themselves. in the case of rookie wide receiver L'Damian Washington, who has lost both his parents, he's fighting for much more than roster spot..More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

With the variety of guests and the wackiness of its host, it doesn't take long at Paul's Car Wash for hilarity to ensue, but there is a deeper story.

Brian Bednar and his little brother Andrew Furnish are the perfect pair to tell it.

"Just happy to have him as a big brother. It's been an amazing six years," Furnish said.

Furnish was 9 years old when his mother decided he needed a male role model in his life. She signed him up through Big Brothers Big Sisters and it wasn't long before he was matched with Bednar.

"There are so many experiences as far as challenges. You have good days and bad days like anything else, but, you know, at the end of the day, you are changing a kid's life," Bednar said.

"I'm able to talk to him about basically anything, really," Furnish said.

About 2,200 kids are matched in the Valley, but 300 are on the waiting list, hoping to soon meet a big sister or brother like Bednar.

Donations at fundraisers like Paul's Car Wash help pay for background checks, school supplies and tickets to all the of the events that make these relationships so much fun.

"I guess these are kind of my kids in a way, and it's great to give back to them and, gosh, it has changed my life," Bednar said.

"It turned out great, he's just an amazing big brother," Furnish said.

Click here to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
KTRE logo

KTRE

358 TV Road,
Pollok TX 75969

FCC Public File
publicfile@ktre.com
936-853-8639
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTRE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.