Each time Kraus made the trip to Nicaragua, he would go to the same village. After years separated at a time, the people would remember him exactly each time he showed up. Kraus explained how much he really loved the people, “I could barely leave each trip because you wouldn’t know if you would ever see them again. I would cry like a baby each time I left because while you're leaving to go back to your normal life, they struggle every day just to live.” Kraus built a very special relationship with a boy who had a tumor on his leg. Once Kraus and his father found out that the tumor was cancerous, they paid the medical expenses for the boys chemotherapy. Kraus said,” I got a call a few years later that the cancer had spread and the boy had died” as he began to tear up.”
Each experience in Nicaragua left a greater impact on his life. Kraus began to appreciate everything he had and take things slower in life. He began to tell a story, “I was driving to work one day when I realized I was tailgating someone. I stopped and thought to myself, what am I doing. Here I was rushing to get to work being selfish taking life for granted.” It made a tremendous impact on every aspect of his life from is generosity and for other to living life to the fullest each day you are given the opportunity.
Kraus explained that the people living there had nothing in their life but they appreciated everything they had. Kraus explained his most memorable moment, “I took about 20 of my employees to Nicaragua for a team building experience and before we left, the villagers put on a show with dancing and singing to thank us for everything we had done for them. I'll never forget that moment”.
Rob Kraus really appreciated the fact the he could donate money to a charity and see first hand that the money was being put to use for a cause he supported. He believes that everyone should take the time to reflect back on the things we take for granted everyday and appreciate everything you have in life.