Brian Ayers' Marine Corps Marathon Fisher House Page
This is my 5th year in a row running the Marine Corps Marathon in support of the Fisher House Foundation. Fisher House is a top rated non-profit that provides lodging for active duty military, for veterans, and for family members while receiving medical treatment.
I have personally used the Fisher House in Denver. Fundraising for Fisher House is a way for me to give back to this organization and to help Fisher House continue their mission. If you are only considering only one veteran related non-profit to contribute to, please consider the Fisher House Foundation. Thank you.
Below is the Fisher House story of Senior Airman Heather Carter. Though her service connected injuries are not combat related, her story exemplifies the grit, perseverance, and determination of our military members and military families.
Heather Carter's Fisher House Story Heather Carter's Fisher House Story
Senior Airman Heather Carter was looking forward to a long military career when disaster struck. Injured in a freak accident, Heather’s left leg was badly shattered, and her life was changed forever.
In her words: “I had been such an extrovert; I loved sports and loved life. Then the accident, and my life changed overnight, and so did I. The chronic pain forced me to isolate. I became a hermit. I was hooked on meds. Depression became rampant. And yes, I thought heavily about suicide.”
After 14 grueling surgeries over four years, Heather and her doctors made the tough decision to amputate her leg. Her mom, Vicky Carter, quit her job to be at her daughter’s side, and took on the role of caretaker and advocate during Heather’s rehabilitation process. They stayed at Fisher House for more than a year.
Describing her time at Fisher House, Vicky said “In your darkest hours, when you think you have nowhere to turn, Fisher House offers a glimmer of hope. It was like a hand reaching down and pulling you up. You knew it was going to be okay.”
You can help military and veterans families feel that glimmer of hope when they need it most, at a time of a medical crisis.
Donate with confidence: Fisher House has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 14 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch/American Institute of Philanthropy.
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