Captain Lee From ‘Below Deck’ Honors His Son’s Memory by Helping the Special Olympics

Captain Lee Rosbach from Below Deck is honoring his late son Josh’s memory by supporting the Special Olympics in South Florida.

Rosbach shared on Instagram that he is participating in the 2019 Sallarulo’s Race for Champions in South Florida in his son’s honor. “We are doing Sallarulo’s race for Champions 5K for Special Olympics in memory of our son Josh who recently passed,” Rosbach posted.

Captain Lee Rosbach, Kelley Johnson
Captain Lee Rosbach, Kelley Johnson | Virginia Sherwood/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

In July, Rosbach shared the news that his 42-year-old son, Josh died as a result of a drug overdose. He posted an emotional message to Instagram describing the pain his family endured. “After a twenty year struggle, he finally succumbed to the demons he fought so long and so hard.” Since his son’s passing, Rosbach and his family have privately grieved. They are now finding ways to honor his son’s memory by helping others.

Support for Josh’s angels

The 14th annual run/walk will be held in South Florida on Saturday, November, 2 at Nova Southeastern University. “The Sallarulo Race for Champions was founded on the belief that everyone deserves a chance and an opportunity to live a fulfilled life,” according to the event page. “Our race not only raises funds for Special Olympics Florida but raises awareness. The race is a day of inclusion and acceptance where hundreds of community members, with and without challenges, run alongside each other as equals.”

Several local companies, organizations, and residents have formed teams, including the Rosbachs. Team “Josh’s Angels” is led by Rosbach.

“In July of this year my beloved wife Mary Anne and I laid our youngest son, Joshua Lee Rosbach to rest,” according to the team page. “We love Josh unconditionally and we’re proud of the man he had become. There was no one I ever knew who gave more of himself to those in his life. He loved with all his being without expecting anything in return. We both feel a hole in our souls that will never be filled.”

Walk, run, and donate

The Rosbachs encourage everyone to join them at the South Florida campus for a day of fitness, food, and fun. “To celebrate the incredible efforts of the athletes of Special Olympics, please join us by registering to join our team.  We encourage you to help us fundraise and enjoy a day filled with activities,” per the team page. “The event will include a hearty breakfast for champions, lots of prizes and giveaways, along with a 5K race symbolizing the strength and endurance required by local, state, national, and international athletes.  After the race is complete, guests are invited to stay for our lavish lunch as well!”

For those who want to join Rosbach’s team, click here and include your information. Supporters only pay a $30 fee to participate.

Supporters who don’t live locally can easily donate to the team. Make a monetary gift by clicking on the “Support Josh’s Angels” link. Supporters can donate as much as they wish online or can mail a donation directly to the organization.