For Regis, the 12th Time is the One to Honor the Sacrifices that Secure our Future...PLEASE GIVE:
Dear Supporters of my 12th Anniversary Run with Team Fisher House...
Thanks to my many FamEnds (Family & Friends) who have been so helpful in the successful launch of my 12th straight fund raising campaign to collect funds for the Fisher House Foundation (FHF) by running in my 13th straight Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). I have set no dollar goal for this year’s program since those I’m honoring have given their all to secure our future. And, from the few short paragraphs that follow, I hope to introduce you to heroes who in their own ways have made sacrifices to help others, including those most dear to my heart, children.
The story below entitled My Hero involves my Uncle, Sgt. Patrick J. Kemmy, US Army, who 75 years ago this summer was killed in action in the invasion of Guam. His efforts and those of his fellow brothers and sisters in arms have made projects like the FHF available to help children like the one described in Jeremy Chwalik's Story & Video shown below.
In my Uncle’s case the FHF was not around but because of people like him and the sacrifices they made, Zachary & Elizabeth Fisher established their foundation. And if you take just a few minutes to view Jeremy’s story, you will see firsthand the great work FHF is doing. But more importantly, you will see through the faces and in some cases the tears of those active duty, veterans, and their family members of what it means to have such a marvelous facility available at their time of greatest need. If you want to help support this world class charity, then PLEASE click on the DONATE button in the upper right hand corner of this page or you can send your check to me at:
Regis Canny 116 Little Quarry Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
I will then take care of all the paper work and ensure that you get a receipt for tax purposes, which you will also receive if you decide to donate on line. Please use my web page to see first-hand the compassion and help extended to those needing the services provided by Fisher House as well as the kindness of those who support this cause I LOVE SO MUCH. Know too that this is exactly why Zachary & Elizabeth Fisher created this foundation…to support the families of the sick and wounded at active duty and Veterans Hospitals.
The mission of Fisher House is to be there for those who answered our Nation’s call to defend it and who now need the support of their loved ones to help in the healing process as a result of wounds or illness suffered on active duty or as veterans. In closing, God Bless those who serve our Nation, God Bless You, and God Bless the United States of America. And THANK GOD for Zachary & Elizabeth Fisher.
With Sincere “REGARDS & THANKS TO YOU"
Colonel Regis Canny, USAF (Ret.)
My uncle, Patrick J. Kemmy, immigrated to our Country from Ireland and earned his high school degree which was rare for young men like him during the depression era. His high school degree I’m sure also played an important part in his reaching the rank of Sgt. in the Army which made him responsible for an 8 to 10 man fire team. I’m still researching the specifics of how Sgt. Kemmy was killed in action on Guam and have some leads but no specifics. And as far as pictures go, I was able to only locate the one shown above with the help of my sister, Mary Canny, and the picture needed major restoration to be used here.
The above phot was taken on their wedding day in December of 1943 while my Uncle was home on leave from Hawaii where he was undergoing training for the invasion of Guam. Very little was said about him while I was growing up since it was understood that such talk would greatly upset his widow, my Dad's Sister and my Aunt, Catherine Canny Kemmy. It was passed on to me during family discussions, that Aunt Catherine was about 7 months pregnant when she got the telegram notifying her that her beloved husband was killed in action. Upon getting this news, she went into labor but miscarried her son. She truly mourned for the rest of her life the loss of her dear husband and unborn son and she passed away in September 1995 having never remarried.
Jeremy Chwalik’s Story & Video:
Senior Master Sergeant Richard (Joe) Chwalik was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries suffered during a deployment to Afghanistan. But it was the birth of his son, Jeremy that brought Fisher House into his life.
When Jeremy was born, the Chwaliks were a dual-military couple stationed in Ramstein, Germany. His mom, Erika, knew there were going to be complications when he was born, but not the extent. The base hospital wasn’t equipped to deal with Jeremy’s two congenital heart issues, a club foot, and Down syndrome. He needed specialty pediatric care that meant leaving his dad and brother in Germany, while he and his mom came back to the States for his medical treatment.
Within hours of his birth, Jeremy and his mom were on a military cargo plane headed to Washington, D.C. After settling Jeremy into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Erika headed to the Fisher House.
This would be the first of many stays at a Fisher House for the Chwalik family, as little Jeremy received treatment as a newborn, and again four years later when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“Since Jeremy’s birth five years ago, the Fisher House has been a saving grace when we least expected it,” said Erika. “Fisher House allows you to have a normal life in an abnormal circumstance.”
You can help military and veterans’ families, like the Chwalik’s, feel that sense of normality when they need it most, during a medical crisis.
Donate with confidence: Fisher House has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator 15 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch/American Institute of Philanthropy.
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