Clearly the Beekman Boys are intent on making us cry.
The Amazing Race victors shared a letter today from the mom of 12-year-old, Colin, who's openly gay and dealing with the most daunting ordeal ever: middle school.
We literally just twitched.
The Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, decided to show Colin their support and they got the entire cast of The Amazing Race on-board to do it.
See what they did after the jump! (And grab your tissues!)
The Beekman Boys write:
"We’ve received over 8000 congratulation wishes so far, and we’ve read every single one. Going through them is like winning the race all over again. They each made us feel very special, and we thank you.
But today, we want to help someone else feel special.
Below is one of the first letters we received this week after winning the Amazing Race. It comes from a mother with a son named Colin:
'I’m sure you guys are way too busy to read this, but I want you to know how inspirational you two are to my 12 year old son. He is gay and is dealing with bullying and harassment in middle school. It’s so hard to see him going through this, and sometimes the “It Gets Better” message is lost on a 12 year old who feels that middle school will never end…We cheered you on every Sunday night and agonized every time you had difficulties. My son was so incredibly thrilled when you two won last night (as was I!). Thank you for helping him see that not only DOES it get better, it gets AMAZING.' (Permission was granted by both Colin and his mother to reprint letter and use names.)
We were called the 'Ultimate Underdogs' on the Amazing Race. And when we hit the finish mat, we urged everyone who feels like they’re down-and-out to 'keep going, try as hard as you can, eventually someone will help you – and you will win.'
Colin, we know that you’re doing your best, and working as hard as you can in school. We shared Colin’s mom’s note with our fellow Amazing Racers – who have also all been underdogs for various reasons at some point in their lives.
And here is the entire Amazing Race 21 team’s message to you, Colin!…"
The cast then proceeded to send Colin inspirational messages (all of which you can see, here):
Ack! We love this. And not just because Team Chippendales decided show entirely why it gets better.
Classy move on the part of the Beekman Boys and the entire cast of The Amazing Race.
We're betting Colin appreciates it.