Jim Kaufmann's Team Fisher House Fundraising Page
Thank you for supporting my campaign to raise awareness for Fisher House and the benefits they provide for our soldiers and their families. This will be my 9th year running the Marine Corps Marathon for Fisher House and I am proud to say that friends and family have helped to raise well over $20,000 for this worthy organization. Thank you for your continued support. 2019 got off to a good start with my endurance training. A few half marathons and one half Iron distance triathlon are done. My big goals are for Savageman 70.3 triathlon in September and then MCM in October. The Savagman triathlon is a true test of grit and endurance with a jaw dropping 31% grade for a part of the bike course. The MCM will also always remain close and passionate to me as it is always remarkable to run with those who serve, have served or honor those who never made it home. I also take the time remember our boy, Chris, who is serving his deployment as part of the USAF and proudly serving our country.
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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